Jesus Says Love Your Enemy….But What If He’s a Muslim Terrorist?


Over bacon and eggs I quizzed the fifteen year old, “So let me ask you.  Our Lord says we must love our enemies. What if that enemy is a fanatical Muslim who is ready to cut off your head?” Slurping the orange juice, “Well, you’re supposed to hate the sin and love the sinner.” “Do [Read More...]

Fasting on Fridays and Spiritual Warfare

Live the Fast Bread Rolls

As a young priest I used to fast on Fridays. This was  a complete fast. Nothing but water from after supper on Thursday until breakfast on Saturday. It took a couple of weeks to get used to it, but once my system was engaged in the new routine it wasn’t so difficult. I took on [Read More...]

Is Dialogue a Dirty Word?


Here is my latest contribution to National Catholic Register. For many Catholics, “dialogue” is a dirty word. In their minds, it’s code for the kinds of ecumenism and interfaith relations that emphasize similarities and dismiss differences. “Dialogue” means “we’re all climbing the same mountain, which is God — but we’re on different paths” or “dogma [Read More...]

Who is the False Prophet of the End Times?

Wolf in Sheeps Clothing

I was brought up in a Protestant church steered by dispensationalist theology. The preachers loved to study the Biblical books of prophecy almost like fortune tellers to try to predict the future. They tried to read the Biblical books of prophecy in one hand and yesterday’s paper in the other. That process never yields very [Read More...]

Little Red Riding Hood in Rotherham


Fairy tales are timeless because they are true. They tell tales of horror, betrayal, violence, rape and human depravity because children of all ages need to confront such horrors. They are timeless because they unlock the hidden truths in everyday life. They apply because they expose every day idiocies and human failures, foibles and foolishness. [Read More...]

Ten Things I Like About St Gregory the Great

Pope St Gregory the Great

Here’s a little list. Ten Things I Like About St Gregory the Great He was a Benedictine monk. I’m a Benedictine oblate and the monk in me will always hanker for the cell, the cloister and the bell. He was a scholar. You got to love a Pope who is brainy. He was a liturgist. [Read More...]

British Girls Raped By Muslim Gangs

Rebecca Hamilton writes powerfully here about the Islamic sex abuse scandal in Rotherham, England. This is NOT about racism, Islamophobia or any other politically correct battle. This is about the rape, torture and abuse of young women by Muslim men. The politically correct crowd can yak about “racism” and “Islamaphobia” all they want. What we [Read More...]

Does the Quran Command Beheading?


In this post for Aleteia I ask whether the Quran commands the beheading of infidels. Quran 8:12 which says, “When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off [Read More...]

Angels, Elephants and Aliens


Here is my latest post at ZENIT…it discusses the fallacy that the apparent vast size of the cosmos must mean that there are extraterrestrials. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed a seemingly profound, but ultimately silly discussion which is prevalent within popular culture. It’s called the Fermi Paradox and it goes like this: “There are [Read More...]

Easter and the Atheists


The last few years have seen a shelf load of worthy books de-bunking what is called the New Atheism. I’m sure it is a mighty good thing to explain and expound the five proofs of God’s existence, but it seems to miss the point. I’d rather present the reality of God’s work in the world [Read More...]

Wherefore the Fedora?


Where are all the men in hats? In the midst of so much bad news, here’s a whimsical piece: my column for the Imaginative Conservative this week. Men in Hats – An Endangered Species Who can resist the gritty allure of the gumshoe Bogart tugging at the brim of his hat, or John Wayne glowering [Read More...]

On the Glory of Purgatory


Saved from Sacrifice: A Theology of the Cross by S. Mark Heim is a fascinating exposition of the thought of Rene Girard to the theology of the atonement or “what really happened when Jesus died on the cross. I’m reading it as part of my research for a book I am working on called The Sacred Sacrifice which [Read More...]

Why the Secular Humanists Cannot Cope With Islam

Rotherham, England

In England the liberal left wing ideologues are shaking their heads with shame at the revelations coming from the town of Rotherham. In a huge scandal it has emerged that hundreds of children in state run children’s homes were systematically abused by gangs of Muslim men. More than 1,400 children were sexually abused over a [Read More...]

Prepare for the Rise of the Right


Ordinary people are fuming. Ordinary, decent, down home Mom and Pop types are frightened and fed up. In Britain and France, in the United States and Germany, in Scandinavian and Low Countries, in Spain and Italy ordinary, quiet citizens are angry and afraid. Check out this article reporting on the huge swing towards a new right [Read More...]

Southern Catholicism: Embracing Tradition

Michael Tamara writes here at Crisis Magazine website on the rise of traditional church architecture in the American South: it is still somewhat of a rarity to see a new ecclesiastical project of such delicate care and quality. However, it is not nearly as rare as it was at the turn of the century, and [Read More...]

Old Monk on Death

Keep Death Daily Before Your Eyes [Read more...]

Polygamy, The Feds and the Gas Chambers

Polygamy? Why Not?

A Utah judge has ruled against a legal ban on polygamy. Mark Gordon reports on the case here. The story is not that complicated. Kody Brown, who is a member of a fundamentalist Mormon sect is living with his four wives. The judge observes that if they were not married, but just living together in an [Read More...]

Why Do Muslims Behead People?


Are the brutal beheadings done by ISIS fanatics connected with their religion? Douglas Murray, writing here at the Spectator discusses the reluctance of any of the intelligentsia to discuss the reason for the barbarism of radical Muslims. Murray was on a BBC discussion program with a group of intellectuals who were debating the deteriorating situation [Read More...]

Powerful St Patrick

Powerful St Patrick

Some time ago I had a dream in which I saw a young boy swimming in a river. As he was swimming happily downstream I saw that around the bend was a large crocodile. I watched in terror as the boy swept past the crocodile and the beast slipped out from the undergrowth where he [Read More...]

Mary Alma Parker RIP

Mary Alma Parker RIP

On Tuesday Mrs Longenecker and I traveled to Charleston for the funeral of Mary Alma Parker. Mary Alma was the wife of Fr James Parker–the first Episcopal priest to be ordained under the Pastoral Provision in the early 1980s Jim Parker helped untold numbers of Anglican Christians both lay and clergy to make the journey [Read More...]

Holy, Holy, Holy – How to Build a Beautiful Church

The proposed new Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville. SC

  Here is my latest article for Our Sunday Visitor on God’s blueprint for a beautiful and sacred church. God is not “the Great Architect,” and he doesn’t deal in blueprints and building committees, but did you know God told us how to build a church? It’s in the Bible. If we believe the sacred [Read More...]

O Lord, Make Me Happy, But Not Yet…


Sister Mary Lucy was a Poor Clare nun who suffered greatly. She lost her eyesight and had a degenerative bone disease which caused her spine to crumble. The doctors could do very little to help her. I used to visit her regularly, but never once heard her complain. Instead she had a huge radiant smile. [Read More...]