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

Are eulogies allowed at funeral masses?

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

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

Catholic-Orthodox reunion prospects

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

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

O come, Emmanuel: come, Lord Jesus!

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The story that we narrate and celebrate at Christmas needs no rehearsal. We know it by heart. The story has ancient roots in the world before... (Read more)
In both New Age spirituality and Christian fundamentalism, belief in angels is very high. However, in contemporary mainstream Christianity... (Read more)
The Catholic liturgical tradition regards the Sign of Peace at Mass as a disciplined and restrained public gesture, and not an affectionate... (Read more)

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... (Read more)
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... (Read more)
When the third edition of the Roman Missal was put into use in the U.S. in Advent 2011, Catholics were given the option of occasionally reciting... (Read more)

Four Books to Read during the Coming Year

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

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

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