The Apostles – 5

In the second section of the book the Holy Father discusses the Apostles one by one. He begins with Peter. The Pope teaches about Simon Peter’s background in Galilee, his call to be one of the initial five disciples (Jewish rabbies traditionally had five disciples) and then Simon being given his new name and his [Read More...]

Rose Vestments?

I’m sorry to say we didn’t use rose vestments at St Mary’s last Sunday. Some clergy find it unmanly. I certainly would find it difficult to wear hot Barbie doll pink, but the rose color for vestments is traditional and has very ancient and interesting antecedents. Check this post by Shawn Tribe to see a [Read More...]

Bush Whacker

When the journalist threw a shoe at Bush in Iraq last week it wasn’t just the only weapon to hand. It’s an ancient Midddle Eastern insult. Do you remember when they pulled down Saddam’s statue they all ran up and slapped it with their shoes? It’s actually there in the Psalm 60: “Moab is my [Read More...]

Busy Weekend

Sorry, no blogging over the weekend. On Saturday we were busy getting ready and hosting a party to celebrate the second anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. It combines with our early Christmas party. Then the pastor of St Mary’s was under the weather and I had to step in and take extra duty [Read More...]

Bob Jones and the Catholic Church

Here’s my latest article published in National Catholic Register. It’s about Bob Jones University, racism and anti-Catholicism. [Read more...]

C of E Censors Carols

When I was an Anglican we used to joke that ‘C of E’ stood not for ‘Church of England’, but ‘Church of Everybody.’ It seems the need to be loved is still all over the poor old Anglican Church. Why else would well meaning vicars change the words of Christmas carols to make them more [Read More...]

The Apostles – 4

Ending the first part of his catechesis on the Apostles, the Holy Father summarizes and expands further on the importance of the Apostolic ministry. The Apostles were handed the authority to teach the truth, forgive sins and overcome evil which had God had given to the Son, and Jesus says, “As the Father has sent [Read More...]

The Gathering Storm

Advent is a time of prophecies–looking back and looking forward at the same time. What has the past given us and how does it point to the future? Others have said it before, but I believe Benedict XVI chose his name because of the great St Benedict–not really because of any of his fifteen Benedictine [Read More...]


Sorry not much blogging of late. Very busy. End of semester etc. I did receive this photograph from a reader in Texas who said when junior came in from the mud pit the first thing she thought was that he looked like Fr Longenecker. I’m flattered right?  [Read more...]

Local Paper Profiles Blogger

The Greenville News profiles various ministers in town. It was my turn this week. You can read the article here. This was the serious shot. [Read more...]

New Prefect

The Pope has appointed Cardinal Canizares Llovero  as the new prefect to the Congregation for Divine Worship, succeeding the Nigerian Cardinal Arinze. Here are some photos of the man. I guess we should not expect Kumbayah, liturgical dance and those creepy giant puppets to be authorized any time soon. Photos from Fr.Z, and you can [Read More...]

Boy Bishop gets More Notice

This very nice website about St Nicholas features our boy bishop from St Joseph’s here. As a curious co incidence, if you go to this page of the website and click on the Boy Bishop of Claines in Worcestershire, England, you will see the lad leading the Bishop of Worcester (Anglican) through the streets. The man [Read More...]

Fight FOCA

You can click on this ad to sign the petition to fight the Freedom of Choice Act. Also go to this site to get ads for your blog or website. Spread the news. One of the most annoying things about the act is its diabolically catchy name. ‘Freedom of Choice’ Act sounds so innocuous. Why [Read More...]

Christmas in June

It seems a British astronomer has ‘proved’ that Jesus was born in June. You can read about it here. The exact date is June 17, 2 BC.  I am extremely disappointed by this because my birthday is June 15. This is also the same week as Father’s Day. I have, for many years, been fed [Read More...]

Boy Bishop’s Homily

Our boy bishop celebration at St Joseph’s got the attention of Fr Z. A couple of people there were interested to know what the boy bishop said in his homily. Here it is. Ok, he had some help from the chaplain, but his delivery was first rate. Boy Bishop’s Homily Once there was a little [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood shields Pedophiles

Here’s an interesting article about a woman who goes to Planned Parenthood clinics posing as a thirteen year old girl asking for an abortion. When she says the father is thirty one years old the PP employee tells her to lie, and because Indiana mandates parental consent for underage girls to have an abortion, the abortionist [Read More...]

Immaculate Conception

“They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the LORD in ceremonially clean vessels.” Isaiah 66:20 The grain offering according to the Old Covenant was one of the forms of sin offering, and was made for the forgiveness of sins, and what is the grain offering, but the [Read More...]

Anti Catholicism in Britain

The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster has written an article about the rising anti-religious feeling and especially anti-Catholic feeling in secular Britain. Read about it here. [Read more...]

Police State UK

Check out this article from the UK’s Daily Telegraph. Late term abortions in Britain (even up to 24 weeks and later) are being carried out on children with deformities no worse than a club foot or a cleft palate. This is bad enough, but it has emerged that the government and department of health have been [Read More...]

Boy Bishop Tradition Revived

Today at St Joseph’s Catholic School (an the eve of the Feast of St Nicholas) we revived the medieval custom of the boy Bishop. An eighth grade member of our guild of servers was elected by his peers and became bishop for a day. The two runners up served as his canons. They processed at [Read More...]

Advent Retreat

I’ll be leading an Advent parish retreat at St Mark’s in Newberry, South Carolina tonight and tomorrow night starting at 6:30. I’ll be talking about four Advent characters; St Elizabeth, St John the Baptist, St Joseph and the Blessed Virgin, and linking each with a Christian virtue: hope, courage, purity and obedience. All are welcome! [Read more...]

Apostacy and Advent

The major problem in the church today is when Christians exchange the Divine and supernatural economy of redemption for an attempt to change the world. Many Catholics have forgotten that the Church is established for the forgiveness of sins and the proclamation of the gospel, and believe instead that the Church is here to make [Read More...]