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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Has Father Longenecker Retracted Yet?

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The bottom line on the recent dustup over Father Dwight Longenecker's attack on traditional Catholics was summed up in this exchange here on The Remnant's site yesterday: 

I'm going to go way out on a limb and post without anonymity. Father Longenecker is a good priest and a good man. His opinions are fallible but he's done me a great service as a priest in the confessional. I disagree with him on matters theological and ecclesiastical but he is still a priest of God Most High and I don't doubt his sincerity or his intentions. Our responses should be better than a wave of hysteria that will only confirm him in his opinion. He's wrong about trads, I am one and he knows it and he's treated my trad sensibilities with the utmost of consideration.

Steve:  Father needs to retract. And if he's half the priest you say he is, he will know that he must retract. Here's why: There is absolutely no reason for anyone anywhere to jump to the outrageous conclusion that, given enough rope, traditional Catholics (even the nutty ones) will resort to physical violence. This is calumny, pure and simple. It's wrong on so many levels... but coming from a Catholic priest it is dangerous and scandalous. Through guilt by association, it also naturally runs the calculated risk of dragging the whole movement into the fever swamps of domestic terrorism where the Southern Poverty Law Center and other far-Left groups have been trying to confine traditional Catholics for years. Here's where Father's article enters into the realm of the indefensible, regardless of how good he is in the confessional. There is no excuse for this--none at all--and he's too intelligent to have failed to anticipate the fallout. This was either malicious or incredibly stupid. I prefer to presume it was a stupid mistake on his part. So, all Father needs to do now is publicly retract and I will pull this article down. MJM
Well it appears he's just doubled down on his blog, I don't know what to think.

Of course he has. 

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.