The Deacon's Bench
December 2007 Archives

The only minister running for president may be running into a little religion trouble, even as his candidacy continues its astonishing rise in popularity. First, there’s this curious choice of venue, which reminds me of George Bush’s visit to Bob […]

This a time of year when we’re inundated with Top 10 lists, and religion is no exception. The Religion Newswriters Association has just published its list of Top Religion Stories of 2007: A poll of the nation’s leading religion writers […]

You can expect to see a lot of the image above in the next few months. It’s the official logo for the pope’s trip to the United States next spring. For more details, read this press release from the USCCB.

You already know the melody, but here’s a little help if you don’t know the words. It’s a scream. H/T Diane over at The Word, where the WGA strike clearly has left her with too little to do…

The priest who is accused of wandering around Colorado in The Altogether says he is altogether innocent: The Rev. Robert Whipkey, a Catholic priest accused of walking naked down a Frederick street in June, has pleaded not guilty to indecent […]

A Swiss Guard stands by a crib figurine during Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly general audience inside Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, December 19, 2007. Photo: by Filippo Monteforte/AFP, Getty Images

In some places, Christmas midnight mass is becoming too dangerous — or too disruptive. Is a tradition about to disappear? This item from the UK outlines some of the problems parishes are facing: A growing number of Catholic churches are […]

It sounds as if San Francisco just got an early Christmas gift: a Catholic radio station to herald the good news: At noon on Monday, December 10, Immaculate Heart Radio began broadcasting in San Francisco on 1260 AM. Though already […]

For a quarter century, a Catholic deacon in California has transformed his home into a cosmic light show for Christmas. Now, he’s at it again: It’s one thing to get the ladder out, drag the holiday light string up to […]

According to press reports, our German-born pope may be having second thoughts about sainthood for the pontiff who ruled during the Second World War: Moves to make wartime Pope Pius XII a saint have been delayed because Pope Benedict wants […]