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)

The Ongoing Problem of Liturgical Clericalism

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Since I am considered something of an expert on the matter, I have occasionally been asked the question: What is the fundamental problem today... (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)
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)
1. Pope Francis never fails to surprise—and, in my view, always for the good. Recently, as part of the Year of Mercy, he made a surprise visit to... (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)

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