The Deacon's Bench
February 2008 Archives

Some news today on religion in America — and it’s not all good. Americans are, on the whole, faith-filled people. But their loyalties are in flux: The U.S. religious marketplace is extremely volatile, with nearly half of American adults leaving […]

In case you missed it, here’s the lovely song that won the Oscar, “Falling Slowly,” from the movie “Once.” The performance here is from “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Take this sinking boat and point it home,We’ve still got […]

Grim news from the American northeast, where the number of priests continues its decline, and where dioceses are taking some radical but necessary steps. This, from the Sun Journal paper in Maine: The number of Catholic priests in the city […]

Here’s a little something to lift your heart on a Sunday, a story about a huge gathering of men in Milwaukee, all eager to learn and live the gospel message: Father Larry Richards, host of Relevant Radio’s “Changed Forever” program, […]

God of all compassion, Father of all goodness,to heal the wounds our sins and selfishness bring upon usyou bid us turn to fasting, prayer, and sharing with our brothers and sisters. We acknowledge our sinfulness, our guilt is ever before […]

The people who have settled in at the Catholic town of Ave Maria in Florida are facing a curious contradiction. They don’t have, officially, a parish: For four years, the idea of a parish in Ave Maria has been on […]

A Catholic journalist in the Washington Post is asking the question that may be on a few Catholic minds these days: is voting for Barack Obama a sin? Like most Maryland Democrats, I voted for Sen. Barack Obama in the […]

Hot on the heels of this news about permanent deacons and the Latin rite comes another news nugget, this from a British paper, about training seminarians in the old rite: Seminaries throughout the Catholic world will have to teach candidates […]

A reader dropped me an e-mail, wondering if an ex-priest who was married could become a permanent deacon. I told him I’d never heard of such a thing happening, and thought it highly unlikely. Curious, I dragged down my copy […]

It’s wonderful when anyone reaches a 50th anniversary — in marriage or in the priesthood. Florida Catholic profiles a priest about to reach that milestone: Father Raymond Hubert, who will soon be honored on the 50th anniversary of his ordination, […]