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)
On November 2, the Church throughout the world celebrates the Commemoration of All Souls, a day which, though popular in days gone by, has been... (Read more)

News Items that Caught my Attention Recently

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

In clearing out my “Viewpoint” shoebox at the end of summer, I found a few items that might be of interest. Here are five. The Need for Good... (Read more)

On Praying the Psalms on Behalf of the World

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The Psalms are the most famous poems in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Yet praying them can often be difficult for the reason that they express... (Read more)
Two national studies produced by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), based at Georgetown University, found that young... (Read more)