The Deacon's Bench
August 2007 Archives

Since the sex abuse scandal surfaced in the Church in 2002, some observers have taken pains to point out that the Catholic Church isn’t the only offender when it comes to pedophilia. Now, another revered institution which entrusts boys into […]

Around the Vatican, angels aren’t the only ones with wings these days. The Holy See has just inaugurated its very own airline, to fly pilgrims to favorite destinations (Lourdes et al.) The New York Times has a write up on […]

A curious case in Wisconsin seems to have drawn to a close: it involves a complaint filed by a former teacher at a Catholic school, who claims she was fired illegally because she had in vitro fertilization. Evidently, there’s been […]

The Lone Star state may have a new star in its galaxy: Jesus. According to reports from Laredo: The Rev. Jose Maria Weyne had an unusual question for his congregation to open Wednesday’s morning Mass. “Who saw something out of […]

A lot of ink has already been spilled about Mother Teresa, and another flood will pour forth when her book of letters is officially published next week. The commentary has ranged from the Catholic reverential to the atheistic scornful. But […]

Here’s another sign that the role of the deacon is becoming increasingly important, not just in the Catholic Church, but in our close cousin, the Church of England, too. This article suggests that the Church of England is beginning to […]

No one can accuse the Catholic Church of being stodgy. Not when it’s happy to have mass celebrated just down the road from the champion heifers, and a stone’s throw from the ferris wheel and the Tilt-A-Whirl. According to a […]

The secular media catches a lot of flak for the way it covers the Church — but perhaps the answer isn’t flak, but flacks. In other words, hiring someone to do a little PR for the Catholic Church. Zenit has […]

From the Church Music Associaton comes word that they will be offering a seminar for priests in how to sing the “extraordinary rite,” that is, the Latin mass. According to their press release: The sung Mass remains the normative form […]

“Church Deacon, OU Fan Tears Scrotum Of UT Fan In Bar Fight”