The Deacon's Bench
April 2008 Archives

The photograph above shows two pages of the extraordinary book that was presented to Pope Benedict, containing the names of victims of sexual abuse. The Boston Globe has a riveting account of how the book was created, with the story […]

That is how Thomas Merton beautifully described his ordination to the priesthood. Any man receiving the sacrament of Holy Orders would have to agree. And I suspect the fellow below is thinking that, too. He is one of the 29 […]

What’s it like for someone who is not Catholic to be covering the Vicar of Christ for the media? Busted Halo’s radio show is produced by Robyn Gould, and she describes her experience working in the Catholic media and covering […]

Some of you may have heard the news last week: the pope was in town. The deacons and their wives all got tickets to Yankee Stadium. So my wife and I – along with 60-thousand others – were able to […]

A story out of West Virginia this weekend points to something a lot of us cradle Catholics don’t think about much– the powerful and important impact of converts on our faith: Roseann Sodaro French finds it hard to explain exactly […]

So much has already been written about Pope Benedict’s remarkable meeting with sex abuse victims — but this piece by John Allen tells the story behind the story. It’s just one more reason why Allen remains one of — if […]

As most have heard by now, Padre Pio’s body went on display yesterday, to mark the 40th anniversary of his death. And the New York Times takes a closer look at what that may mean for the people of his […]

Could an American deacon play a role in the eventual canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman? Yep. Looks that way. CNS has the details: The sainthood cause of a 19th-century English cardinal has taken a step forward after the Vatican’s […]

Well, in New York City, the answer seems to be yes. A reader sent this my way, from the New York Daily News: A clergy-starved Archdiocese of New York was facing a crisis – until Pope Benedict arrived. For the […]

Anyone who thinks of World Youth Day as just a “Catholic Woodstock,” should read this inspiring account from the site of the next WYD, Australia: It was eight years ago in a crowded park on the outskirts of the Vatican […]