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msgrliptak tnQ. About “Judgment Day”: What does it actually mean? Is there any reference to it in the Bible?

A. From the Bible as read by and within the Church, the death of every person is followed by two judgments: the Particular Judgment and the General Judgment.

The General Judgment is the one portrayed by Michelangelo on the sanctuary wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. “Judgment Day” is primarily associated with this latter judgment; i.e., the “Last Judgment” or “Final Judgment,” although the Particular Judgment (the one immediately following death) is also properly referred to as “Judgment Day” for the deceased person.

The Biblical text most often linked with the doctrine of the Last Judgment is Matthew 25:31 sqq. Therein we read about each person’s being judged by Christ. The text reflects a parable spoken by the Lord. Hence the human being does not judge himself or herself; rather, it is Christ who becomes each person’s adjudicator. This Last Judgment should be understood in the context of the completion of the world and of all human history. And it also must be seen as related to the Parousia and the Resurrection. (Parousia is the Greek term for Christ’s Second Coming; one theologian suggests the word here should emphasize its inner sense of “saving presence,” i.e., the saving presence of the Risen Lord Jesus.)

Besides “Judgment Day” (a rather common expression in Scripture), the Last Judgment is also called “the Day of the Lord,” “the Day of the Son of Man, or simply “that Day,” or the “last Day.” See Amos 5:18-20; Is. 2:2; 13:6; 1 Cor 1:8; 5:5; Lk 17:24; Phil. 1:6; Jn 6:39; etc.

The classic Biblical text for the Particular Judgment is the parable about Lazarus and the rich man (usually called Dives, from the Latin for “rich”).

Note that this passage indicates that a deceased person’s judgment has already been declared by the Lord. See Luke 16:20. Also, see Hebrews 6:2.

 Of course “Judgment Day” is a metaphor. The Last Judgment(s) occur(s) outside of history as such; in fact, it happens after human history is completed. God’s time falls under kairology, not chronology. But that’s an entirely different subject for study. “Day” is a noun whose meaning lies within chronological perspectives. “Chronological” refers to earth time; God’s “time” is not constrained or defined by it.

Q. Is it permissible to receive Holy Communion twice on the same day?

A: First, Church law, reflecting Church doctrine, not only allows but encourages reception of Holy Viaticum, known as Communion, while in danger of death, twice on the same day. See Canon 921, Para. 1.

Second, Canon Law also permits reception of Communion again to anyone of the faithful who participates in Mass a second time. Thus any of the faithful who attends a second Mass may receive Communion again. No additional “permission” is needed; the Code is clear. The Code of Canon Law, in the original Latin, employs the word iterum, which is often translated simply as “again.” See Canon 917. But “again” has been formally interpreted by the Vatican as “twice.” 

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.