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July 17, 2014
What is the defenition of a really active Catholic?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

When you think of an active Catholic, what comes to mind? Probably, someone who, at least, attends weekly Mass, maybe prays a little each day, and does some reading on spiritual matters now and then.

Yes, but what is a really active Catholic? Why, someone who also does one or another or a combination of the following: acts as a lector and/or an extraordinary minister of Communion, serves at Mass, sings in the choir, teaches Sunday School, works with the RCIA, belongs to the Knights of...

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July 14, 2014
Are Pope Francis’ achievements substantial or mere symbolism?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

More than one commentator has suggested recently that Pope Francis is all symbolism and little substance. I disagree. (For one thing, I think symbolism is  substance.)

Here are six areas in which Pope Francis has made real differences which are unlikely to be overturned by a future Pope.

1. The end of the imperial papacy. “Conservative” theologians never tire of saying that the Church is not a democracy. That’s true. But neither is it a monarchy, not mind an empire. It is, as...

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June 23, 2014
Corpus Christi and the ‘Blessed Sacrament of the Mass’
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Some time ago, I viewed with a small group a video by Fr. Robert Barron entitled, “The Blessed Sacrament of the Mass.” For a moment, I was taken aback by the title. Why would Fr. Barron refer to the Mass as “The Blessed Sacrament”? Surely, this terminology is used for devotions such as Benediction, Eucharistic exposition, processions, and congresses--but not for Mass.

I came to realize that Fr. Barron is, of course, quite correct in using the expression “The Blessed Sacrament...

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June 12, 2014
Need a key to the Trinity? Start with Jesus
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The Trinity is a mystery. (Popular translation: The Trinity is a complicated, inexplicable – and not particularly exciting or spiritually relevant – doctrine.)

The Trinity is indeed a mystery, but not in the sense of being a giant theological puzzle, but – according to the theological meaning of the word “mystery” – a reality so rich, bright, multifaceted, and all-encompassing that we can never fully take in.

There are many ways to begin to understand the Trinity. The...

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May 08, 2014
Multicultural ministry needs a new perspective
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

One of the most pressing challenges facing the Catholic Church in the U.S. today is the necessity of more adequate ministry to the many ethnic communities growing within our national borders. Among the impediments said to be operative against effective incorporation of ethnic communities into the Church in the U.S. are that these communities are enormously diverse and, therefore, present huge challenges to mainstream Catholicism.

While these assertions are widely held among theorists of...

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May 01, 2014
Moral orthodoxy and pastoral orthodoxy are complementary
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Considerable tension in present-day Catholicism centers on the Church’s moral teachings. Many regard the Catholic moral system as heartless and cold. This judgment is often based on the concrete experiences of Catholics in dealing with clergy who preach and practice moral orthodoxy at the expense of compassion.

What I would call the orthodoxy-without-compassion approach sets out the moral demands of the Catholic tradition and insists that no one may call him or her self a Catholic who does...

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April 17, 2014
A patron saint for those suffering from alcoholism?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The name of Matt Talbot is not well known outside of Ireland, but Talbot will likely be canonized in the not-too-distant future and become the patron saint of alcoholics. He was declared Venerable by Pope Paul VI in 1975.

Matt Talbot was born in humble circumstances in Dublin in May 1856. At that time, Ireland was recovering from the devastating famine of the mid-1840s. This was an era of grinding poverty and appalling living conditions, especially in the larger cities.

Heavy drinking...

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April 10, 2014
Holy Week: a living reality, not a Passion play
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Some time ago, I had a conversation with a lady who had attended the Oberammergau Passion Play in the south of Germany in 2004. The play, enacted every ten years since 1634, involves 2000 performers, musicians, and stage technicians, all of whom are residents of the town. The play, which runs for seven hours, acts out in a highly dramatic fashion the final events of Christ’s earthly life.

She wondered why the Church does not incorporate the kind of vivid portrayal she saw at Oberammergau...

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April 03, 2014
How successful is the post Vatican II liturgy?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Overall, I am happy with the renewed liturgical rites the Church has put in place since Vatican II. The new liturgical books which began to appear in the late 1960s are far from perfect, though, and will always be in need of improvement and development. The kind of ongoing reform I espouse would slowly and carefully build on the rites we have been given.

However, the success of modern liturgical reform has been evident more in print than in practice. By print I mean the texts given to...

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March 27, 2014
Is the Church judge, therapist, or mother?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion


In his book titled, Images of the Church in the New Testament, the Lutheran theologian Paul Minear found that in the New Testament there are 96 images of the Church. In the area of the Christian moral life, I suggest, there are three principal images at work: the Church as judge, the Church as therapist, and the Church as mother.

The notion of the Church as judge enshrines important values. Despite the professed cultural ideal of living non-judgmentally, no individual or institution can...

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