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Was Saint Paul a male chauvinist?

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The reading from Paul to the Ephesians (5: 21-32) on the relationship between husbands and wives read at Sunday Mass recently probably causes more... (Read more)
The month of November opens with the celebration of one of the richest feasts of the liturgical year, the Solemnity of All Saints. On this day,... (Read more)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is one of the most successful features of post-Vatican II liturgical renewal. It replaced the... (Read more)
One of the questions that I – like most priests – am asked every now and then is whether I have ever performed an exorcism.  For the sake of... (Read more)
Recently, a young man considering the priesthood told me that he thought the rise of lay ministry in the Church was threatening the role of the... (Read more)
The Catholic Church in the U.S. has been committed since Vatican II to a new and vigorous program of evangelization. However, discussions and... (Read more)

Recovering the notion of original sin

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

One of the topics that catechists preparing parents for the baptism of their child must explain is the notion of original sin, a topic that has,... (Read more)
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)