Belgians Vote to Kill Children


Belgium already has one of the most aggressive euthanasia laws in the world, and now lawmakers in Belgium have extended permission for euthanasia to children. CNN reports here on a law that allows doctors to take active steps to euthanize older children who consent. Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002 for those in “constant and unbearable physical [Read More...]

Learning Through Lent


What are your plans for a holy Lent? Fr Barron is offering a free Lent course . Daily emails and video input can be yours from his Word on Fire ministry. See a video about the free Lent offering here. Go here to learn more and sign up for Fr Barron’s free Lenten Resource. If [Read More...]

Anglicans Prepare for Same Sex Weddings

Justin Welby

London’s Daily Telegraph reports on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s speech to General Synod here.  The battle for women bishop is now over, and the progressives have won. The Church of England will have women bishops within the year. As soon as the door closes on that conflict, Archbishop Welby prepares his troops for the next [Read More...]

Is Pope John XXIV on the Throne of Peter?


Here is my latest article for Aleteia. It explores the allegation that, in the 2005 conclave, Archbishop Begoglio said if he had been elected he would have taken the name John XXIV. Did Pope Francis really intend to take the name John XXIV in homage to the pope who called the Second Vatican Council? In an [Read More...]

Churchy Entertainment in the Winter Storm

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The Pun is Mightier Than the Sword

G.K. Chesterton

Here is my latest article for The Imaginative Conservative website. It is my rationale for writing in a Chestertonian style. It seemed that a style that was deliberately delightful and teasingly torturous was a style that might at once both annoy and enlighten the audience. It was, if you like, the style of a playful [Read More...]

Mystery Mary Statue Weeps Oil


There’s another weeping Virgin Mary statue–this time in Israel. Huffington Post reports on the phenomenon here. What do we make of it? Well, weird things happen. In July 2012 I commented here on a statue of Mary in India that was weeping blood. So what’s going on? It’s simple. Reality is more flexible than we [Read More...]

Was Tolkien an Evangelist?


Last year I was in Oxford and had the privilege of meeting Priscilla Tolkien–J.R.R.Tolkien’s daughter. I commented on her father’s work and said I reckoned he was the best Catholic evangelist of the twentieth century. She asked why I thought that. “Because he kept alive through a work of imagination a Christian view of reality.” [Read More...]

Pope Mary and Pope Martha


Here is my latest article for Aleteia marking the anniversary of the resignation of Pope Benedict. Now at this crucial time in human history, the Church offers in these two living popes an image of the unity of prayer and action. Pope Emeritus Benedict may have stepped off the world stage, but he still wears [Read More...]

The Ice Storm Cometh

Remember this one by Robert Frost? Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And [Read More...]

Taylor Marshall Reviews Romance of Religion


Go here to read Dr Taylor Marshall’s review of The Romance of Religion.  Like a crusading preacher of the Middle Ages, Father Longenecker stands at the gates of our city begging us to join him in battle. The Romance of Religiontrumpets the notes of love, sacrifice, and mystery. In an age where everyone wants to be “spiritual [Read More...]

The Good Catholic Life

The radio show from the Archdiocese of Boston–The Good Catholic Life–interviewed me yesterday with the most informed and well-read interview about The Romance of Religion. The interviewers had clearly read and marked up the book and we had a great discussion. You can listen to the show by going to the link here. [Read more...]

How I Came to Believe in the Immaculate Conception


So I was an Anglican priest at the time, and while I was home in Greenville, South Carolina my younger brother Daryl, who had already become a Catholic, invited me around for dinner with his parish priest Fr Paul. Fr Paul is a pretty hefty Franciscan who likes to eat fried chicken and drink beer. [Read More...]

Eyewitness Account: The Pope Resigns


A year ago today I woke up to find that Pope Benedict had resigned. I jumped out of bed and began blogging about the event. History was being made. In an astounding act of humility the world’s most influential religious leader walked away from it all. This excellent article by Scottish Archbishop Cushley chronicles the [Read More...]

Rome Reports on Romance of Religion

Here’s the video report on my book Romance of Religion from Rome Reports.  Help evangelize by sharing! [Read more...]

The Devil in Ordinary

Al Pacino in Devil's Advocate

Last week the exorcism of Latoya Ammons and her children was in the headlines and it got me musing about the demonic. An old puzzle in my own mind surfaced–the question of whether demonic possession is extremely rare or extremely common. To illustrate my speculation I’ll tell you about a man I knew long ago [Read More...]

Either the Ethereal or the Real


An excerpt from chapter five of The Romance of Religion.  In one of his science fiction books, C.S.Lewis portrays an angelic being who moves through a solid brick wall, and when the hero asks if this ethereal being is real he is challenged about the nature of reality. The angel passed through the brick wall, but [Read More...]

Is the Adam and Eve Story a Myth?

I can see that many others greeted the Creation vs. Evolution debate last night between Nye and Ham with some dismay. I didn’t see the debate, but expect it generated more heat than light. The problem with both the aggressive secularist atheist point of view and the fundamentalist point of view is that both of [Read More...]

Religion with Panache!

Romance of Religion cover

The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty is published today. (Fanfare of trumpets and drum roll please) Here’s the scoop: Skeptics of Christianity and atheists often characterize faith as a fairy tale. Even many Christians frequently confuse the real with the imaginary, adore false gods and reject real truth, as presented in the [Read More...]

Free Weekly Newsletter


One of my New Year’s resolutions was to get my free weekly  newsletter up and running again. Last year this time I suddenly had more writing responsibilities and it was put on the shelf. A new issue is up and running today. Each week there are short articles on prayer, some nice Catholic art and [Read More...]

The Romance of Religion

Romance of Religion cover

Tomorrow sees the publication of my new book, The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty This book has been gestating for about ten years. It was originally conceived as the second book in a theological trilogy. The first book is my study on the Apostle’s Creed called The Quest for the Creed: What [Read More...]

Do the Pope Benedict and Francis Clash?

Here is my interview with Catholic News Service in Rome last week, in which I discuss Benedict and Francis as epitomizing the prophetic and priestly strands of tradition… Please watch and share. [Read more...]