The Deacon's Bench
October 2008 Archives

You probably remember the Muslim Who Became A Catholic earlier this year, when baptized by Pope Benedict during the Easter Vigil. He hasn’t forgotten his Muslim roots, and is speaking out: The Muslim-born journalist baptized by Pope Benedict XVI at […]

This just in, from Charm City, via the Rocco Palmo Desk. This is part of a long and thoughtful statement being printed tomorrow in the Catholic Review, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Archbishop Edwin O’Brien writes about abortion […]

This morning’s New York Times has an interesting glimpse at a new wave in chaplaincy care — which isn’t always pegged to one particular faith: Some of the hospice patients talk about their impending deaths, or about God. Most just […]

The bishop of Pittsburgh has added his voice to the chorus this election season — and he’s not telling people anything they haven’t heard before. From KDKA: Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik says he isn’t telling anyone who to vote for […]

Rocco has dug up this fascinating nugget from the LA Times, regarding the “Catholic vote”: National polls have shown for some time that, although Catholics are personally opposed to abortion, they believe it ought to be legal in nearly identical […]

New Orleans has now joined Boston as an American city where parishioners have moved into churches and are refusing to leave, to keep them from being shuttered. From USA TODAY: Parishioners occupying two Catholic churches in defiance of closure orders […]

This is a pretty remarkable piece of news — poignant and, perhaps, prophetic. For the first time, a major American newspaper is abandoning paper and ink: After a century of continuous publication, The Christian Science Monitor will abandon its weekday […]

Scholarly skeptics who have doubted that King Solomon ever existed are being told: “Not so fast.” New archeological discoveries are casting new light on the ancient culture of the Middle East: A massive copper smelting plant in the biblical land […]

Whatever happened to fidelity? You have to wonder. And this analysis from the New York Times doesn’t provide any easy answers: A handful of new studies suggest surprising changes in the marital landscape. Infidelity appears to be on the rise, […]

A few weeks back, I posted on the multiplying voter guides for Catholics that are blossoming this autumn. And now CNS is wondering if they’re just leaving people scratching their heads: If a group of Catholics were to sit down […]