The Deacon's Bench
October 2008 Archives

Here’s a real eyebrow-raiser: the author of the Encyclopedia of Catholicism, Dr. Frank Finn, says that on the subject of abortion and church teaching, Joe Biden has a point: Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden is telling the Catholics in […]

The video I posted right here last month remains as potent and important today. In fact, it’s more necessary to watch it now.

When John Paul penned his “Theology of the Body,” I’m not sure he had this anatomical notion in mind: Bill Roth, president of the Catholic Democrats political action committee, recently spoke about pro-life Catholics who strongly oppose the idea that […]

Is it possible to run the Catholic Church like a corporation? Take a look at what this author thinks. He’s Thomas A. Szyszkiewicz, co-founder and president of Catholic Radio International. He offered these thoughts in Business Week: Catholic bishops are […]

A reader sent me this link, to a fascinating interview with Matthew Weiner, the genius behind my latest obsession, “Mad Men”. (After last night’s pitch-perfect season finale, I can’t believe I now to have to wait nine months for the […]

A couple years ago, I had a strange experience while giving out communion at mass: one of the congregants came up wearing a tee shirt from Hooters. Some people, of course, will wear anything to church. Which brings me to […]

“Whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia or willful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will […]

This may not sound like a big deal, but it is. It’s a proposal — passed overwhelmingly by the Synod of Bishops — to admit women, formally, to the ministry of lector. Among other things, this is significant because lector […]

How is the economic crisis going to impact churches and synagogues? This weekend, there are some thoughts on that from Rabbi Marc Gellman, the Jewish half of the “God Squad” (the other half being Catholic priest, Monsignor Thomas Hartman). From […]

It happens more often than you may think. Someone will ask me after mass, “Deacon Greg, if priests could be married, wouldn’t you like to be a priest?“ Well, the answer for me is no. God called me to this […]