Why does God allow suffering?

This is the question men of faith and faithless men have asked down through the ages. A Quiner’s Diner reader wrote and told me she is going through the Catholic Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

She was trying to come to grips with this question. Some non-Catholic Christian evangelists promote a philosophy that financial well-being is the will of God for man. This is known as the prosperity gospel.

Catholic thinking, on the other hand, embraces the notion that suffering can be redemptive, that it is even sometimes necessary for the salvation of souls…

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