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By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The practice of Lenten fasting has many dimensions

Fasting is one of the practices associated traditionally with the season of Lent—a practice which has a rich body of... Read more

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Prosperity gospel is a travesty of the good news of Christ

Perhaps the most appalling aspect of televangelism is what is called “the prosperity gospel,” that is the conviction that God... Read more

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Heaven is the fulfilment of earth

Recently I received a letter from a lady in Seattle in which she said that when she dies she will... Read more

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Thanksgiving Day invites a generous attitude of blessing

Some time ago, I came across a book entitled, “The Book of Irish Curses.” The book was intended to be... Read more

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Was Saint Paul a male chauvinist?

The reading from Paul to the Ephesians (5: 21-32) on the relationship between husbands and wives read at Sunday Mass... Read more

The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs / Artist – Fra Angelico – public domain

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All Saints’ Day includes every man and women of goodwill

The month of November opens with the celebration of one of the richest feasts of the liturgical year, the Solemnity... Read more

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A new model of catechumenal formation needs promotion

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is one of the most successful features of post-Vatican II liturgical renewal.... Read more

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Lay ministry and ordained ministry complement each other

Recently, a young man considering the priesthood told me that he thought the rise of lay ministry in the Church... Read more

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By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Evangelization means the renewal of Catholic institutions

The Catholic Church in the U.S. has been committed since Vatican II to a new and vigorous program of evangelization.... Read more

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Recovering the notion of original sin

One of the topics that catechists preparing parents for the baptism of their child must explain is the notion of... Read more

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By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

“Spirituality” without “religion” does not hold up

One hears on a regular basis these days that people are “spiritual but not religious” – thus giving up on... Read more

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By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Are eulogies allowed at funeral masses?

The touchiest aspects of funeral planning are music and eulogies. In my experience, at least half of the time one... Read more

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By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Catholic-Orthodox reunion prospects

As is readily acknowledged on both sides, Catholics and Orthodox already have much in common - acceptance of the teaching... Read more

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By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

O come, Emmanuel: come, Lord Jesus!

The story that we narrate and celebrate at Christmas needs no rehearsal. We know it by heart. The story has... Read more

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By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Is belief in angels and archangels on the wane?

In both New Age spirituality and Christian fundamentalism, belief in angels is very high. However, in contemporary mainstream Christianity (including... Read more

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By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Sign of peace at Mass needs to maintain a public character

The Catholic liturgical tradition regards the Sign of Peace at Mass as a disciplined and restrained public gesture, and not... Read more

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Is the Church Judge, Therapist, or Mother?

In his book titled Images of the Church in the New Testament, the Lutheran theologian Paul Minear found that in... Read more

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By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Multicultural Ministry Needs a New Perspective

One of the most pressing challenges facing the Catholic Church in the U.S. today is the necessity of more adequate... Read more

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What Does it Mean that Jesus “Descended Into Hell”?

When the third edition of the Roman Missal was put into use in the U.S. in Advent 2011, Catholics were... Read more

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Four Books to Read during the Coming Year

Here are four books (in no particular order) that I recommend for 2017. All are excellent and none requires specialized... Read more