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Posts Tagged Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Viewpoint: The Holy Year, Part One: The Spiritual Works of Mercy

I propose that every Catholic set some time aside and draw up a list of commitments to be carried out during the Holy Year based of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

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Viewpoint: Prayer of Acceptance is Neglected Mode of Address to God

God does not always intervene to resolve terrible experiences; rather he gives the strength to live through them with profound faith in the indestructible glory of the kingdom of heaven.

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Viewpoint: Women Could Be Authorized to Give the Homily at Mass

The bottom line: opening up preaching to lay men and women after rigorous training and official episcopal commissioning as “Lay Preachers” could, I think, greatly improve the unsatisfactory state of preaching in the Catholic Church.

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Viewpoint: Eight Reasons College Students Turn Away From Church

The church is not called to adapt to society and to make social norms the pattern for its own practice, but to transform society, while accepting critically from society what is deemed valuable.

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Viewpoint: Lay Ecclesial Ministry Programs Need Careful Implementation

Lay ecclesial ministry is still in the early stages of implementation and, understandably, exhibits some growing pains. Among these are a lack of clarity about this ministry and some exorbitant claims made for it.

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Viewpoint: The Story of Christmas

Christmas is about Christ coming to us, and our coming to Christ—and most of all about our going out to each other. Most of all, Christmas promises us an imperishable inheritance from Christ who came once in Bethlehem will come again in glory.

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Viewpoint: ‘Spirituality’ Without ‘Religion’ Does Not Hold Up

There are a number of serious problems with spiritualties detached from religion.

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Viewpoint: The Pact of the Catacombs is Still Relevant Today

The Pact of the Catacombs can today inspire clergy to adopt its spirit in ways that are feasible.

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Viewpoint: Some Items That Caught My Attention Recently

I cannot write in this column about everything that comes across my desk. Even if I could, not everything would fill a complete column, but some things deserve a mention.

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Viewpoint: Scriptural Stations of the Cross Need to Be Promoted

I am not suggesting that every church change its Stations from the traditional to the scriptural overnight—but perhaps over time this could be achieved.

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