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Apparently, materialism doesn't bring the cure. Hitchens demonstrates that materialists can be as guilty as any believer of demonizing his opponents.

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So I accused Hitchens of special pleading i. Examples could be multiplied, but in this instance I went after him because he wrote that Martin Luther King Jr. But the book gets worse.

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Joseph Stalin, who led an atheistic regime responsible for slaughtering up to 40 million of his countrymen achieved his place in the annals of brutality, according to Hitchens, through the inspiration of a quasi Russian Orthodox czarism! They the Russian Orthodox Church are selling them Stalinism is a religion and is thus recognized by the Russian Orthodox Church.

But like many urban legends, there was probably some morsel of fact buried in the dung heap. What in the world could he be referring to? Sure enough, Hitchens had pulled a bait and switch. Paul Globe, a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia and, until recently, the director of research at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, had posted a story in late November of last year.

I borrow liberally from his November 27, blog post. A dissident Orthodox priest in a town near St.

Why Do Catholics Genuflect?: And Answers to Other Puzzling Questions About the Catholic Church

Petersburg had sparked controversy by putting up an icon of Blessed Matrona of Moscow. Stalin was portrayed on the icon but without any of the attributes of sainthood.


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He was simply standing next to her. Thus, technically, it was not an icon of Stalin at all. According to an unconfirmed legend, Stalin secretly visited her at the house of a friend where she predicted that Moscow would not fall to the Nazis. This is how Stalin ends up on an icon of Matrona of Moscow. In posting the icon, the priest, who has a history of provocative actions, stepped outside his authority and was denounced by the Moscow Patriarchate.

According to one report, he was so severely reprimanded by his superior that he became physically ill. Many of his parishioners forced him to remove the icon from the altar calling it blasphemy. I emailed Paul Globe to see what had developed since his November post.

Why Do Catholics Genuflect?: And Answers to Other Puzzling Questions About the Catholic Church

First, the original "Stalin" icon was taken down. Second, the priest was transferred. Third, copies continue to show up at various Russian nationalist meetings. But even the dissident priest specified that "this is not an icon glorifying Stalin. Dwight Longenecker Fr. Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in Fr.

Why Do Catholics Genuflect? : And Answers to Other Puzzling Questions about the Catholic Church

Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. To read Fr. Dwight spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing to over twenty-five magazines, papers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the USA. He has also written fifteen books and booklets on the Catholic faith. Longenecker and his family on the day of his ordination at St. In Fr.

rraspacobica.tk Dwight accepted a post as Chaplain to St. This brought him and his family back, not only to his hometown, but also to the American Bible belt, and hometown of Bob Jones University.

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At St. He now serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary parish.


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  • Dwight enjoys movies, blogging, books, riding his motorcycle and visiting Benedictine monasteries. They have four children, named Benedict, Madeleine, Theodore and Elias. Longenecker is a well-known Catholic blogger. Wade Menezes, C. After working several years at a Fortune company, he began his own consulting company in Charlotte, North Carolina in Over the past several years he has been mentored by the world's leading experts in Divine Mercy, and he has spoken at over parishes to date.