Articles Tagged ‘Mass’

Nine challenges for the next papacy

Michael Coren

As I write this column, Pope Benedict is about to conclude his pontificate, the conclave is about to begin, and critics of the Church are, as always, about to make another charge at the castle that is the institution given to the world by Jesus Christ to guide humanity to heaven. I’m not sure who the next pope will be, of course, but I do believe that his Papacy will be one of the most important in history. If we think ... (Continue reading)

Catholic culture

About two weeks ago, my family parked in a small town in Iowa. We chose this town because the church is within walking distance of the RV park. The first time I entered St. M’s church, I noticed that the Tabernacle was off to the side, entirely hidden behind the ambo. There was no crucifix in sight, only a cross with the risen Christ not nailed to it. In the center of the sanctuary, in the place where the tabernacle ought ... (Continue reading)

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The Poor Souls

"It ain't right, and I'm sick and tired of what ain't right," says a character in the western Silverado. That's how I feel about the treatment the poor souls in Purgatory have been given over the last few decades. "Well, his sufferings are over," people say at the funeral home (I'm talking about Catholic believers). "Your grandmother is in heaven," proclaim priests and deacons at all too many funerals. I have been asked, "Do we still believe in Purgatory?" That Purgatory exists, ... (Continue reading)

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