How is the Devil at Work in the World?

Fight the Good Fight With All Your Might

There are several reasons why there is an extraordinary interest in demon possession and exorcism. The phenomenon is dramatic and horrible and there will always be a fascination with the dark side of reality. However, I believe there is also a vital interest in possession and exorcism because it is one of the few areas [Read More...]

Raw Story or Raw Sewerage?

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It seems your blogger has been mentioned as a raving right wing nut who hates Pope Francis. A story over at Raw Story lumps me in with conservatives like Pat Buchanan, Cardinal Burke, John Vennari and Archbishop Chaput. Apparently we’re all “Scary Ultra Right Wing Catholics.” This is not a raw story it’s raw sewerage. I [Read More...]

Slubgrip is Here!

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The hard copies of Slubgrip Instructs have been delivered! The demon Slubgrip has been demoted to teach Popular Culture 101 at Bowelbages University. These Lenten Lectures focus on the different ideologies and godless philosophies that undermine our culture and weaken Catholicism. It’s good Lenten reading for anyone, but it is especially good for college and [Read More...]

Is There a Split in the Catholic Church?

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Some time ago a priest friend I’ll call Tony was discussing the problems he was having with some colleagues and parishioners. Whenever he had an idea or tried to get something going he met resistance. It wasn’t that his people and fellow priests didn’t like him. It wasn’t that they were angry, rebellious or ugly. [Read More...]

Prepare Now for a Holy Lent

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Lent is just around the corner. Have you made any preparations yet? In our parish we are not having extra services, Bible studies, meetings and stuff to do. Instead we are using new and old media to provide our people with a plethora of good materials so they can make their own Lent holy. St [Read More...]

Pope Francis – Apocalypse Now?

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Pope Francis remains an exciting enigma for many. Some find him maddening while others find him enlightening and others are simply confused. My article for Aleteia this week gives the key to understanding Pope Francis. It opens the door to his world vision and this underlying perspective influences all that he says and does. Pope [Read More...]

You Are Not Your Mood

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From the Big Red Book: If I were asked to give  young man or woman a bit of advice taking only a minute or two it would run as follows: Try to regard your states of mind as visits to places. “Now I am in the angry place or the melancholy place or the misunderstood- [Read More...]

On Luxury Cars, Simplicity of Life and Francis the Pope

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As a Catholic priest I am bound to observe Canon 282 in the Code of Canon Law which states “Clerics are to foster simplicity of life and are to refrain from all things that have a semblance of vanity.” The problem is, I am shopping for a new car since my 2007 Volvo S60 was [Read More...]

Get Slubgrip!

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The special pre-publication offer of my Lent book Slubgrip Instructs only lasts for the month of January. The pre publication price on my website here is $14.95 plus $3.00 p+p Amazon price is $16.61. February first the website price will be $16.50 so with shipping it will remain about the same price as Amazon. The [Read More...]

Church of England? What’s That?

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View image | gettyimages.com With the ordination of Libby Lane as the first female bishop in the Church of England we finally have closure over the vexed question of the identity of the Anglican Church. Since the Oxford Movement in the nineteenth century members of the Church of England have tried to claim that the [Read More...]

Frodo for Pope?

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  Sometime ago I wrote a blog post entitled “Frodo for Pope”. I didn’t know it would all come true one day. On a serious note, why not take time to read my essay, The Little Way Through Middle Earth? It pulls out the Catholicism of Lord of the Rings and links it to St Therese. [Read More...]

In Which Your Blogger’s Car is Totaled…

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…and he contemplates his mortality and materialistic mindset. I was heading over the church to hear confessions in my seven year old much loved Volvo. There was a traffic jam and tailback, so I eased down and joined the queue. Looking in my mirror I see a jalopy of an old Ford Bronco bearing down [Read More...]

Weapons for Battling Lucifer in Lent

Fight the Good Fight With All Your Might

Lent is coming up and I’m finally getting down to Paul Thigpen’s excellent Manual for Spiritual Warfare. This little book is the best I’ve found on the subject. Paul launches into the subject of spiritual warfare with clear explanations, solid research and simple language. This is an area where both cynicism, sensationalism and superstition usually [Read More...]

St Francis de Sales – Patron of Bald Writers

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Quotes from St Francis de Sales –the patron of bald writers Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. Make friends with [Read More...]

The Pope, Women Priests and Pedophiles

Women's Ordination a "Grave Crime"?

In all the rush by secularists to embrace Pope Francis as the Great Reformer, the Great White Hope, the Superpope, the New Messiah, the Man of the Year, the Poster Boy for all things groovy and left wing, a detail this week seems to have slipped by un noticed. This article from Catholic News Agency [Read More...]

Grow From Your Wound

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When I was training as a screenwriter the teacher said something that stayed with me. He said, “Your character must grow from his wound.” In other words, it is that hole in our heart, that gnawing pain, that dark shadow in our lives that must become our growth point. For one person it may be [Read More...]

So You Don’t Like Pope Francis?

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Is that your fault or his fault? Whenever I write explaining why I like Pope Francis the com boxes are filled with the most amazing negativities. The complainer send me emails too, and I wonder if they have stopped to read what they have written before hitting the “Send” button. Who are these people who [Read More...]

Countering Campus Corruption

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One of the most shocking things about sending our kids to campus is that there are not only a host of worldly temptations, but there are many schools in which part of the freshman curriculum is a course that is designed to undermine and destroy the Christian faith. One of our local graduates came back [Read More...]

Use Lent Books for Your Fundraiser!

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Have you read and enjoyed Gargoyle Code? Would you like to get some good books into the hands of your parishioners and raise funds at the same time? Write to me at dlongenecker1@gmail.com and I’ll tell you how. It’s very simple: Because The Gargoyle Code and Slubgrip Instructs are self published I control the pricing. I can offer [Read More...]

Of Hobbits and Hermits

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There is a double yearning in me, and I suspect it is pretty much universal, and that is to be both a hobbit and a hermit. Give me the hobbit’s life of adventure. I want to shrug on my backpack, pick up my stick and set off on the open road. I want to sleep [Read More...]

Slubgrip Instructs – An Excerpt

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I’ll be posting some excerpts from my new book Slubgrip Instructs as tasters. Make sure you get this in time for your Lenten reading! There is a special pre-publication offer on for the rest of the month of January. Go here to learn more. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Bell clanging. Crowd voices and movement. Slubgrip’s voice is heard above the [Read More...]

Baby Rabbits Take Over Washington DC

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Tens of thousands of baby rabbits have swamped downtown Washington DC today. Flooding out of the Verizon Center and many other venues across the nation’s capital hoards of little bunnies marched through the streets protesting against government plans to cull the rabbit population through abortion. For some years now Catholics and other Christians continue to [Read More...]


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