Veteran’s Day

A nice co incidence that Veteran’s Day is also the memoria of St Martin of Tours–a former soldier and the patron of veterans. Born in 315, St Martin was converted when he saw the face of Christ in a naked beggar, and gave the man half of his ample cloak. He went on to renounce [Read More...]

Pretty Creepy

My post on our new President elect has elicited an awful lot of comments. I’ve found some of the comments of those who agree with me to be pretty creepy. They compare the new president to Hitler and go over the top with hints of secret movers and shakers and Illuminati and sound crazily conspiratorial. [Read More...]

Ad Orientem

What is it, from a priest’s point of view that I love about celebrating the Mass ad orientem?  A number of things: 1. I no longer have to worry about being in ‘performance mode’. When I am facing the people, no matter how much I try, I am looking more at them and focussing more [Read More...]

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More on the Lateran

Educate yourself about the history of Catholicism’s mother church and the cathedral church of the Bishop of Rome here. There is so much that can be said about the image of the temple in the Scriptures. We are called to be temples of the Holy Spirit, all of us are living stones built up into [Read More...]

St John Lateran

Click on the picture to enlarge. Fr Ray has more pictures and a video tour here. [Read more...]

Start Running Bobby

Jindal for President in 2012. Read about him here Why didn’t McCain choose him instead of our dear rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ Sarah Palin? Now that it’s over, I must admit that I wish she had had five more years experience under her belt before stepping into the bear pit of national politics. Come now fellow [Read More...]

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...]

Feed Fido and Go Directly to Jail

People like to toot about how socialism takes money from the rich and gives it to the poor. I don’t mind that so much since I’m one of the ones likely to get some money out of it, but what I do dislike about socialism is the silly self righteousness of socialists. They’re always trying [Read More...]

More on Mary

At RCIA the question arose tonight about Mary being called ‘Mediatrix’.  “Don’t you Catholics know that the I Timothy 2:5 says, ‘There is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus?’ ” Why do you need Mary as mediator? Now when a Protestant throws a verse to a Catholic as a proof text [Read More...]

Birmingham Visit

Your blogger in Birmingham with Bishop Robert Baker (who ordained me when he was Bishop of Charleston, and Mike Dubrueil–formerly commissioning editor at Our Sunday Visitor, who worked with me on a couple of books, a prolific author in his own right, husband of the Queen of Catholic bloggers Amy Welborn and an all around [Read More...]

Too Much Mary?

One of the Protestant objections to the Catholic faith is that we make too much of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She looms large in their perception of Catholicism, and they believe that we value Mary more than her Son, and that we pay her far too much attention. There are many theological replies that can [Read More...]

All Souls Story

I was living in England as a young Anglican priest when my younger brother came to live with me. Some weeks after his arrival he learned about the death in a plane crash of a young friend of his we shall call Tom.  Tom was about 5’2″ with a shock of blond hair, a round [Read More...]


I’m off to Birmingham this morning to EWTN. I’ll be recording a segment with Johnette Benkovic’s Living His Life Abundantly on Monday and appearing on Marcus Grodi’s Journeys Home on Monday evening at 8:00 EST. I hope to see many of your smiling faces on the other side of the screen. Pray that these appearances will help [Read More...]

All Saints/Souls

It was my unusual privilege today to celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day on the same calendar day. One Saturday a month I take the Saturday duties at St Mary’s, and as it happened, I celebrated All Saints’ Day with a splendid solemn Mass at 10:00 and then heard confessions in the afternoon and celebrated [Read More...]

Which Witch?

Here is my latest article from National Catholic Register: Are Witches Real? [Read more...]

Nice Building-Shame about the Religion

This article explains how redundant churches in Britain are to be turned into multi faith centers, gyms, pubs and dance halls.  Britain has a huge problem with too many church buildings and too few worshippers. Added to the problem is an expanding and moving population. Often churches exist where there are no people and there [Read More...]