Fasting is one of the practices associated traditionally with the season of Lent—a practice which has a rich body of meanings. I suggest there are... (Read more)
Perhaps the most appalling aspect of televangelism is what is called “the prosperity gospel,” that is the conviction that God rewards faithful... (Read more)

Heaven is the fulfilment of earth

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Recently I received a letter from a lady in Seattle in which she said that when she dies she will miss all the good things of this life. She said... (Read more)
Some time ago, I came across a book entitled, “The Book of Irish Curses.” The book was intended to be light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek – and in... (Read more)

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)
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)