Ad Orientem at St Mary’s

Two photographs of the Ad Orientem celebration of Mass at St Mary’s, Greenville. More photos of the whole Mass here. For Fr Newman’s parish catechesis on the ad orientem position, click here. [Read more...]

Prez Herod

Someone asked what I think of the elections.  First of all, I’m not a political animal. My Mennonite and Amish blood runs deep and true, and their isolationism and natural suspicion of the powers of this world runs deep in me. That is to say, I have never believed in political systems or politicians as [Read More...]

Your Money or Your Life

From time to time I think I will pack in the blog. Quit. Pack up the old blogger and put my tapping fingers to my other projects. Then I get comments and emails: “Please don’t pack up the blogging Father!” Or I meet people at a conference or in a parish, “Oh you’re Father Longenecker! [Read More...]

The Bridal Mystery

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.  In this same [Read More...]

Call No Man Father

Another question from RCIA: the old Protestant challenge: “Jesus says, ‘Call no man Father.’ Why do Catholics call their priest ‘father’ and the Pope ‘the Holy Father.’ This challenge usually flummoxes the ordinary Catholic. Sometimes he’s bewildered because he really doesn’t know his Bible that well and he’s confused. But he’s also bewildered because he [Read More...]

Yet More on Mary

If you want to read more about Mary order my book, Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate.I wrote this book with a guy who was at Bob Jones University with me. David Gustafson is now an Evangelical who attends and Episcopal Church. He argues the Evangelical side and I defend the Catholic side, and we go into [Read More...]


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