May 21, 2011

The end of the world as the Church understands it

[I first posted this several years ago.  In light of those who advertised that the world was going to end today, I am re-posting this today.]

Certain Protestants in the late nineteenth century were the first to piece together the idea of a final "rapture." Though related to elements here and there in the New Testament, the notion of a "rapture" as popularized in popular fiction in the last few decades was unheard of in the history of Christianity before the late 1800's.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church presents specific understandings of how the world will come to an end.

I have posted the Catechism's three paragraphs that bear the heading "The Church's Ultimate Trial." The same post has the full texts cited in the footnotes for those three paragraphs.

Click HERE for it.