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The first rule of a “dictatorship of relativism”: There must be no prohibitions. Prohibitions are prohibited.
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Did Christianity simply develop from paganism, as atheists like to claim?
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These common mistakes only feed the fire of clericalism.
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It's up to us to protect what little of the Shire is left in this world.
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Like leprosy, sin starts as an invisible infection and then slowly dominates one’s life.
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This invention has changed everything.
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These five ways are not only taught in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but in the Gospel itself.
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“It is Christ himself, the eternal high priest of the New Covenant who, acting through the ministry of the priests, offers the Eucharistic sacrifice.” (CCC 1410)
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Individuals change history. Small decisions matter. The Divine is in the details.
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The gospel must subvert and undermine the way of the world in whatever culture it finds itself.
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Insisting that the date for Mark’s Gospel is later than A.D. 70 just because of a single detail is very tenuous.
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Through Sts. Peter and Paul, our Lord gave his Church the foundations of her heavenly office—and through them, he helps her to eternal salvation.
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Here are some of the basic points shroud doubters have to answer.
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In the present debate over same-sex marriage Americans simply cannot comprehend that Catholics operate according to a different set of systems.
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“There is no Church without Pentecost. And there is no Pentecost without the Virgin Mary.” —Pope Benedict XVI
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“All salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body.” (CCC 846)
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When a Protestant tries to shoot the gospel gun with Bible proof texts, here's what I do...
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What are the antidotes? One of the antidotes is the Catholic parish system.
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Through prayer we will find the power to obey, the roots to be stable and the fire of God’s love that will convert every aspect of our lives.
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When I pull weeds in the garden, I confess my failings and pull the weeds from the garden of my soul.”
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“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you might establish all that is good, and acceptable, and perfect in the will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
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“The first work of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conversion…” (CCC 1989)
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Stability is not only a gift to us as individuals. It is a gift to others.
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The first step in developing a more obedient and listening heart during Lent is to start being obedient to the things we already know.
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“We must ... approach the question of the origin of evil by fixing the eyes of our faith on him who alone is its conqueror.” (CCC 385)
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If the Mass is the Royal Marriage Feast of the Lamb, then the priest should dress up for his entrance into the royal court.
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You have within you a need for a Father that no human father can ever fulfill.
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This is the authenticity of the Catholic faith. It is universal.
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This is where we should be headed and prayer is the power that gets us there.
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The true believer is both a dogmatist and a doubter. He believes in his dogma — not as an end in itself, but as a means to an end.
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I can’t see how it all fits together, but I have had enough experience and seen enough of God’s work in the world to believe that it does.
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Christ built his Church upon a rock. Whether that rock is a stumbling block or a stepping stone is up to each of us.
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When people use the term “Christian, not Catholic,” they perpetuate an old anti-Catholic prejudice in America.
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People ask why I converted to the Catholic faith. Here's what brought me to the banks of the Tiber and made me swim.
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In this glorious dogma the Church upholds not only the incarnation of Jesus Christ the Son of God, but also re-affirms that God works miraculously through individuals who, through his grace, change the course of history.
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A proper funeral and Requiem Mass allows the dead to rest in peace — and also allows the living to live in peace.
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Pastoral discernment is required in order to ascertain that one is dealing with the presence of the Evil One, and not an illness.
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Jesus calls the hypocrite just what he is because Jesus is exactly who he claims to be — the Son of God and the Son of Man — in whom there is no shred of hypocrisy.
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The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary help us to see the ultimate completion and destiny of this humanity we all share.
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Real Christianity is about a radical transformation from the ground level up. The real thing is strong wine — not water. The real thing is the greatest adventure.
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There is a hierarchy of truth, and true teaching on faith and morals trumps mere sentiment, utility and politics every time.
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The lesson we take from the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino is that the material world is stranger and more unpredictable than we can imagine.
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Empires come and go, but the Catholic Church remains because she puts her stock in the “little guys” of the world — those who are faithful even if they are not successful, and are successful because they are faithful.
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By its very nature charity means reaching out beyond our comfort zone, and beyond our own family.
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“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Do you plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”
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Fr. Dwight Longenecker was raised in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He eventually became an Anglican priest in England.

In 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. Since then, he has become a prolific writer and author of several books, including Challenging Catholics, More Christianity, Quest for the Creed and The Gargoyle Code.

In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He now serves as parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville, South Carolina.