2006 Conference - The English ReformationDeep in History

A Brief History of the Church in England Before the Reformation – Deacon Dwight Longenecker

June 10, 2016 No Comments

Before he was ordained a Catholic priest through the Church’s pastoral provision, Deacon Dwight Longenecker gave a presentation to the 2006 Deep in History conference on the history of Catholicism in England.  Using his own country parish in the Isle of Wight as a jumping off point, he walks us through the Catholic patrimony of England, up to the English reformation, all the way to the present day.  Anyone interested in the English literary and theological tradition will find plenty to chew on in this lecture!

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Study Questions:

-After listening to Longenecker’s description of his journey to ordination in the Anglican Church, why do you think connecting with Church history is so important?

-Were you surprised by how long the Roman Catholic Church has been in England?

-What lesson can be learned from the resolution of the disciplinary disagreements in the Celtic Church?

-What were a few of the events that laid the foundation for the English Reformation?

-What was the early Church like?

-How was charity and help for the poor and the church implemented, according to Longenecker? Did this surprise you?How does this compare to the laity today?


Devotio Moderna: (Latin: “modern devotion”) A religious movement within Roman Catholicism from the end of the 14th to the 16th century stressing meditation and the inner life; a new kind of down-to-earth spirituality, which was for ordinary people. The Imitation of Christ, traditionally attributed to Thomas à Kempis, is a classic expression of the movement.

Nominalism: A theory that denies the existence of abstract and universal concepts, and refuses to admit that the intellect has the power of engendering them. What are called general ideas are only names, mere verbal designations, serving as labels for a collection of things or a series of particular events. Hence the term Nominalism.