[quote=Karl Keating]No, we are not in the Tribulation–because that isn’t part of Catholic theology.
As used popularly, “Tribulation” is a term (and an idea) coming out of Dispensationalism, a Protestant movement that began in the nineteenth century.
I thought that Catholics did believe that there would be a great tribulation before the second coming of Jesus.
As I understand we are Amillenial, which means that we are currently in the millenium (taken not to be a literal 1000 years) awaiting the second coming. And just before the second coming there is going to be a great tribulation with the Anti-Christ coming on the scene.
Also don’t Catholics believe in the rapture, just not the way Pre-millenial Christians view it (which comes in many different flavors)? The Catholic understanding is that we will be “raptured” (I.e. caught away) at the second coming when Jesus comes to judge the living and the dead.
Am I off base here?