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June 2009 Archives

And then there were nuns: benefactor finds work for unemployed sisters

posted by deacon greg kandra

From the In My Own Backyard Desk: a generous and anonymous benefactor is giving back to the Church that gave him so much — and a group of recently unemployed nuns is reaping the benefits. The scoop, in the NY […]

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Just in time for the Christmas holidays…

posted by deacon greg kandra

…what may be the most spectacularly depressing movie of all time! Really. Roland Emmerich — who obliterated much of the world in “Independence Day,” and then went back to do it again with “The Day After Tomorrow” — turns his […]

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One priest’s day off

posted by deacon greg kandra

Catholic News Service is running a series of reflections for the Year for Priests, and this caught my eye: one pastor’s brief outline of his “day off.” Take a look: This, in fact, was how yesterday went. It started at […]

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Blame it on Disney

posted by deacon greg kandra

That sound you hear is me, slapping the desk and laughing hysterically. Honestly. How can anyone take seriously something like this: Researchers at the University of Michigan have concluded that the love stories told in classic Disney and other G-rated […]

The South, rising

posted by deacon greg kandra

Conventional wisdom holds that the South is where Mother Church is growing and thriving — and these figures out of Atlanta seem to bear that out: The fruit is considerable — in the heart of the Bible Belt, the North […]

Who invented the Moonwalk?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Not the person you may be thinking of. Take a look below at the man considered the originator of the moves Michael Jackson immortalized. The classic steps appear at the end.

What will Benedict say to Barack?

posted by deacon greg kandra

“When we preach, we say you’re supposed to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. We believe in what you call the via media, the middle way. We would always condemn unbridled cutthroat capitalism as well as socialism. So we […]

A trio grows in Brooklyn: meet my diocese’s newest priests

posted by deacon greg kandra

A special “Deacon’s Bench” shoutout this Monday to the three men who were ordained priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn on Saturday: Fr. Tom Shepanzyk, Fr. Robert Mucci and Fr. Daniel Champoli. Ad multos annos, brothers! Meet them and hear […]

“Dottube”: one diocese’s innovative way of sharing the gospel message

posted by deacon greg kandra

In what may be a first, a New Jersey diocese has decided to carve out its own corner of cyberspace: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton recently launched a video-sharing Web site, www.dottube.org, to post video and audio produced by […]

Deacon Nixon & Deacon Nixon: a family that prays together

posted by deacon greg kandra

It sounds like an Abbott & Costello routine, but this is no joke: two men with the same name are deacons, a father and son, but soon the son will become a Father. Florida Catholic sorts it out: The Nixon […]

Pope: tests “seem to conclude” St. Paul is buried in his ancient tomb

posted by deacon greg kandra

As the year devoted to St. Paul draws to a close, there’s word that the Vatican ordered tests performed on the saint’s tomb and the bones it contains. From the Associated Press: The first-ever scientific tests on what are believed […]

Cutie weds in Episcopalian church

posted by deacon greg kandra

Yet another chapter in the unfolding soap opera that is Alberto Cutie: Friday he got married at a historic Episcopalian church. From the Miami Herald: A day after Alberto Cutié walked away from a picturesque Spanish monastery as a married […]

Born again in Brooklyn: one Catholic’s return

posted by deacon greg kandra

A writer in this weekend’s New York Times recounts her journey back to the church of her youth. I’m not quite sure what it is that captivates her about the Church since, as you read on, you discover that she […]

What is faith?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the question posed by this item in the New York Times. It’s elicited over 1,000 responses so far. Care to weigh in?

“How do I know what God wants me to do?”

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s a question as old as time, and it’s the first question posed in the video below. This lovely meditation on monasticism offers ample food for thought as we begin the Year for Priests. Enjoy. And a grateful h/t to […]

Homily for June 28, 2009: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted by deacon greg kandra

Over the past several days, we’ve been inundated with stories, pictures, soundbites about three high-profile people who passed away: Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon and, of course, Michael Jackson. It has given us all an opportunity to think about living and […]

‘Til death: “Every marriage has many more dimensions to it than faithfulness”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A recent high-profile extramarital affair has prompted New York Times to take a closer look at the institution of marriage — and what it finds might surprise you: Despite strong social riptides working against it — the liberalization of divorce […]

New England’s new deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

Actually, it’s Worcester, to be precise. Just as in the days of the early Church, the diocese recently welcomed seven men into the diaconate. From the Catholic Free Press: An inspiration to return to the Catholic Church. An opportunity to […]

Armed and prayerful: pastor sponsors “bring-a-gun-to-church” day — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some people bring bibles to church. Some bring rosaries. One pastor is encouraging his flock to pack heat. From the New York Times: Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights. He shoots […]

“I hope he has the peace now he never had in his life”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I loved his music. His young voice was almost a miracle, his poise in retrospect eery, his joy, tempered by pain, often unbearably uplifting. He made the greatest music video of all time; and he made some of the greatest […]

The Jackson Effect

posted by deacon greg kandra

If anyone has any doubts about Michael Jackson’s impact on our culture, the videos below should put those doubts to rest. Three interpretations of a classic. The marching band just might be my favorite. (Besides the familiar original, of course.) […]

A NET grows in Brooklyn — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

We finally had the formal dedication of the studio (and blessing of the chapel) for the new home for New Evangelization Television (NET) this afternoon. The building, just off Prospect Park in Brooklyn, was officially renamed the “Msgr. Michael Dempsey […]

Farrah, the Catholic — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Farrah is in intensive care and is supported by Catholic priests consistent with her faith. I have reports that Farrah has received last rights. (sic) It is time now to make contact with your God and say a prayer.” – […]

Of politics and pastors

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s not unusual for a parish to be upset when a pastor is reassigned. But it is unusual for a lot of powerful high-profile local politicians to get involved, as they’ve done in one New Jersey parish. Take a look: […]

“Voices of Glory” — and an incredible story

posted by deacon greg kandra

Susan Boyle may have competition for Most Inspiring YouTube Performance. This comes from America’s Got Talent (the Yankee offshoot of the show that launched Boyle). Just watch and listen and feel the tears welling in your eyes. Consider this an […]

Episcopal priest: “God rejoices” over abortion

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is truly stupefying. A woman who is an Episcopal priest has taken objection to a proposed rite for women who have undergone abortion. The Rev. Nina Churchman writes: I found the text for Rachel’s Tears online and was sickened […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by deacon greg kandra

The beautiful image above, from Whispers, and the camera of Sam Lucero shows Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, embracing a newly ordained permanent deacon. Check out the rest of Lucero’s gorgeous and inspiring work at his website.

The Nativity of John the Baptist

posted by deacon greg kandra

Prepare ye!

After 62 years, still in tune with each other

posted by deacon greg kandra

For all those couples celebrating an anniversary in this month of weddings — and all those who just need a quick day-brightener — get a load of this. A married couple, together for 62 years, tickles the ivories in the […]

Doctor who treated her own breast cancer in Antarctica dies

posted by deacon greg kandra

This may seem a little off-topic — nothing church-y here — but I remember this woman’s story vividly. Like countless people around the world, I followed her dramatic rescue with wonder and awe. She inspired many. From CNN’s website: Nearly […]

“The words he wanted on his headstone are those he lived by each day: ‘parish priest’.”

posted by deacon greg kandra

An alert reader sent this my way: a heartfelt appreciation in a Boston paper for a man who evidently touched many lives. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the Year for Priests than with this remembrance […]

Jon Stewart, prophet

posted by deacon greg kandra

If true, what does that make MCPF Stephen Colbert? Anyway: the scoop on Stewart, from David Waters in the Washington Post: In the July issue of Sojourners magazine, the Rev. Jim Wallis calls the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart a prophet. […]

A miracle for Emil?

posted by deacon greg kandra

An American chaplain and hero from the Korean war could be on the path to sainthood, if a miracle now attributed to him can be confirmed. The details: People in Colwich like to touch Chase Kear’s arm or his shoulder […]

Do you know an incredible priest?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, then, have I got a deal for you. To celebrate the Year for Priests, the folks at the Catholic Company are sponsoring a contest, inviting savvy Catholic videographers to submit short videos on YouTube about their favorite priests. There […]

Allentown gets an “indefatigable worker”

posted by deacon greg kandra

In Allentown, the local press is sitting up and taking notice of the diocese’s incoming bishop — and his story is certainly out-of-the-ordinary, with influences ranging from Lincoln to Sheen to JPII: Monsignor John Barres’ life must feel as unsettled […]

First military chaplain seriously wounded in Iraq dies

posted by deacon greg kandra

Sad news out of Minnesota, with word that Fr. Tim Vakoc, a chaplain wounded in the Iraq war, has died: Father Tim, as he was known, was the first military chaplain grievously wounded in the Iraq war. He was injured […]

Happy Father’s Day: A family prayer for dad

posted by deacon greg kandra

Blessed are You, God and Father of us all, for the gift of our father. Today we honor and thank him for the gift he is in our lives.His love for us is a reflection of Your divine love.Bless him […]

Cheap grace?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s what you might call the redemptive qualities some young women are evidently finding in faith, according to Peter Steinfels’ latest column in New York Times: Dear Jillian, Please forgive the first-name greeting, but it seems the proper way to […]

How’d we get so many Cathholics on the Supreme Court?

posted by deacon greg kandra

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court has drawn renewed attention to the fact that Catholics could soon comprise a sizable majority on the court. How’d that happen? The Washington Post chatted with Barbara Perry, a professor at […]

Homily for June 21, 2009: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted by deacon greg kandra

When I was working at CBS News, believe it or not, the moment we just heard about in the gospels was a part of my daily life. In the offices of “60 Minutes,” the executive producer Jeff Fager had hanging […]

“This pope didn’t come as a German pope…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“The speeches of the pope were of enormous importance to everybody, not only to us, but to everybody. What he contributed at Yad Vashem was a completely different approach which was an enrichment to the culture of memory, and it […]

Revenge of the nerd

posted by deacon greg kandra

From last night’s Radio-TV Correspondents Dinner in Washington. He’s the familiar guy from those Mac-PC commercials. And he was pretty hilarious.

“Interesting. It’s far too nostalgic.”

posted by deacon greg kandra

TCM just showed the documentary “Scorsese on Scorsese,” which ends with the very clever commercial below. (The documentary, by the way, also includes some pretty interesting dissection of his controversial “Last Temptation of Christ.” I once saw Martin Scorsese speak […]

Nine new deacons for the City of Angels

posted by deacon greg kandra

And the ranks continue to grow. The diocesan paper, The Tidings, has the scoop on the “deacon couples”: Last Sunday, the feast of Corpus Christi, marked the beginning of a new life for Deacon Gustavo Catipon and his wife Elena. […]

What’s a consecrated virgin? — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Lino Rulli found out when he went out on a date with one for “Currents.” Mayhem ensues. Enjoy. UPDATE: You can hear more from the consecrated virgin Lino interviewed right here. She talks in depth about her vocation, and its […]

“Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Prayer for A Priest O Jesus, our great High Priest,Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father [N].Give him a deep faith a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course […]

No push from bishops to “punish” Notre Dame over Obama honor

posted by deacon greg kandra

While the U.S. bishops are meeting in San Antonio this week, the subject of President Obama’s visit to Notre Dame came up. And as John Allen reports, it doesn’t appear the bishops are in any mood right now to take […]

“Mass in Thanksgiving for the Gift of Human Life” approved by bishops

posted by deacon greg kandra

An interesting development out of the bishops’ meeting in Texas: a special new mass liturgy may be heading our way before long. Take a look: Nearly 20 years after Cardinal John O’Connor of New York suggested it, the U.S. bishops […]

Where were you 42 years ago today?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Me, I was finishing the second grade at St. Peter’s School in Olney, Maryland. I could never have imagined what was transpiring in Rome that day, or how it would change my life. But leave it to Doc Mac to […]

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: writer’s block!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Yeah, that’s about write. Er, right. Check out this amazingly cool video that raises the humble Post-it note to the level of art. See more funny videos and TBT Videos at Today’s Big Thing.

Being priest

posted by deacon greg kandra

Another superb vocations video from the creative minds who came up with this one in France. MissionUploaded by mavocation. – See video of the biggest web video personalities.

I feel better already

posted by deacon greg kandra

All you need to do is scan the headlines — or just google the word “Iran” — to get utterly and completely depressed at the state of the world. I need a Muppet fix. How about you?

Freshly brewed: Milwaukee’s new deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

A brand new deacon — a reader from Milwaukee — sent along the picture below of his class, ordained this past weekend. The diocesan website has a nice write-up about the candidates and their wives. Details to come in the […]

Relic of St. Therese stolen in Toronto

posted by deacon greg kandra

A bizarre and sad bit of news out of Canada: A Catholic Church in Toronto is hoping for a miracle — that the thief who stole a saint’s relic will have a change of heart and return the holy object. […]

“Illegitimate”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the word being used by the Vatican to describe planned ordinations by SSPX. Details, from CNS: If the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X ordains new priests at the end of June as planned, the ordinations would be illegitimate, […]

Enshrined

posted by deacon greg kandra

Fittingly, as the year devoted to St. Paul draws to a close, the U.S. has a new shrine dedicated in the saint’s name: The Vatican has designated the Cathedral of St. Paul to be the first national shrine in honor […]

Take the journey

posted by deacon greg kandra

A great video that just may open eyes — and hearts. I won’t tell you what it’s about. Just take a minute and watch. H/T Happy Catholic. Into the Oneby mavocation

Cutie weds

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, that didn’t take long. From the AP: A telegenic Miami priest who left the Catholic Church amid an uproar over published photos of him kissing his girlfriend on the beach made the relationship official Tuesday, marrying the woman he […]

“If I fall, I fall. It’s just another challenge.”

posted by deacon greg kandra

This incredible, beautiful video will make your day. It might even change it. Take a few minutes and watch. You may never think of your life — or a simple game of golf — the same way. (There’s a great […]

Hooray for Hollywood: the cloistered nuns of Tinseltown

posted by deacon greg kandra

Not far from the studios and Spago, cloistered Dominican sisters are busily baking bread and praying for the world. Who knew? The Tidings offers a rare glimpse behind the grill: Since 1934, the Monastery of the Angels has been operating […]

Deacons near Disney World!

posted by deacon greg kandra

A thoughtful reader sent me the picture above, from the diaconate ordination for the Diocese of Orlando this past weekend. Fourteen permanent deacons and one transitional one received the sacrament of Holy Orders at Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine […]

Heart and soul

posted by deacon greg kandra

Seems the pope has a new doctor, according to CNS: Pope Benedict XVI has chosen as his new personal physician a cardiologist with strong ties to the Vatican. Dr. Patrizio Polisca, a professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Rome’s Tor Vergata […]

Here comes the sun

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader sent this my way: a report about a fairly huge Corpus Christi procession in a corner of the country that’s not noted for being Catholic. From Washington state: Kimberly Daniels was busy watering her garden Sunday when hundreds […]

“She’s one of God’s creatures, although she’s a Unitarian”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Blessing of the Animals is not uncommon around the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, in October. But in the city named for the saint, they didn’t want to wait for the fall: If Ursula could talk, she’d probably […]

Parents of sextuplets turned down advice to abort

posted by deacon greg kandra

A Catholic couple in the UK gave birth to sextuplets last month — the first set in the UK in more than a quarter century — and, according to news reports, they were told the best thing to do would […]

Homily for June 14th, 2009: Corpus Christi / The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

posted by deacon greg kandra

Back in the 1970s, when there was a lot of liturgical innovation going on, Dorothy Day invited a young priest to celebrate mass at the Catholic Worker. He decided to do something that he thought was relevant and hip. He […]

What’s the matter with kids today?

posted by deacon greg kandra

These crazy youngsters. You do your best to raise a non-believing secular humanist and he just turns around and goes all Presbyterian on you: In April, Bob Sweeney’s son, Ryan, 13, suddenly announced he wanted to start going to church. […]

Mutiny?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the word writer Louie Verrechio uses to characterize some of what’s happening over at the Catholic News Service (CNS), the operation owned and managed by the USCCB. Verrechio takes aim, and fires with both barrels. An excerpt: Catholic News […]

The latest growth industry in tough times: altar wine

posted by deacon greg kandra

Who’d a thunk? An interesting sociological trend, from The Tidings, the archdiocesan paper for Los Angeles: If you have driven north on highway 101 anytime during the past five years, you have certainly noticed the proliferation of vineyards – and […]

“It’s missionary work turned into a business”

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you’ve ever had a missionary ring your doorbell, you might be surprised to learn that some Mormons are now turning that skill into a second career during these tough economic times: Six days a week, in fair weather and […]

Pumped up Lino

posted by deacon greg kandra

For those who missed it, get a load of this: Lino Rulli, working out with the founder of the Hard As Nails youth ministry, Justin Fatica. From the daily Catholic news show “Currents.” Enjoy.

Remembering ordination day: “It was like heaven”

posted by deacon greg kandra

In the middle of ordination season, we should not forget it’s also the middle of anniversaries of ordination season. And Fr. James Martin is having fond memories of his own, a decade ago: Ten years ago today (that is, June […]

And the award for Best Dalmatic goes to…

posted by deacon greg kandra

This guy. From yesterday’s installation of Robert Carlson as the new Archbishop of St. Louis.

Lights! Camera! Contraction! The phenomenon of giving birth on YouTube

posted by deacon greg kandra

I still remember when wedding videos were a novelty. But now, it seems, more and more people are getting into the business of birth videos — and sharing them with anyone and everyone, via YouTube. The New York Times reports: […]

“There is no disadvantage at all of being deaf for a priest”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A couple weeks ago, I posted the item about Boston’s new deaf priest. And recently the Religion News Service caught up with Fr. Shawn Carey to ask him a few questions about his singular vocation. They exchanged some Q&A emails […]

Year for Priests: the website

posted by deacon greg kandra

Can’t wait for the Year for Priests to get started? The USCCB is one step ahead of you: The U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations has set up a Web site to mark the Year for Priests, […]

Honoring Jim

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some of you may remember my writing about Deacon Jim Hynes, my deacon classmate (and fellow Disney fanatic) who died tragically last year after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. They’ve just put a stone at his grave, and […]

A “Currents” affair

posted by deacon greg kandra

For those who have been clamoring for it, relax. Complete episodes of “Currents” are now archived at our YouTube channel. They go up the day after they air. Monday’s show is below. (You can also find other episodes of other […]

Less is more

posted by deacon greg kandra

More and more, people are learning to get by with less and less, and writer Pico Iyer has shared some of his thoughts on his own self-imposed austerity in this week’s New York Times: Though I knew that poverty certainly […]

Need to kickstart your day?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Shuffle over to The Anchoress, who has posted today’s Morning Prayer podcast.

A Baptist preacher encounters a thousand-year-old liturgy: “I loved it loved it loved it”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s something altogether different: reflections of a Baptist preacher, who visited an Orthodox church with his family while on sabbatical, and was absolutely stunned: Saint Anthony the Great isn’t just old school. It’s “styli and wax tablets” old school. We […]

One more thing I don’t miss about my old job

posted by deacon greg kandra

News items like this one.

LA prepares to welcome nine “deacon couples”

posted by deacon greg kandra

As is its custom, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is celebrating the upcoming ordination of nine new deacons by also saluting the candidates’ wives, who study by their sides during formation. What parishes get, it seems, is a two-for-one deal. […]

A sign of the times: leading Catholic publisher cuts staff, shifts strategy

posted by deacon greg kandra

Tough economic times — and a discernible drop in readership — is forcing one of America’s oldest and most familiar Catholic publishing houses to make some significant changes: The St. Anthony Messenger Press, the Cincinnati-based national provider of inspirational and […]

Obama appoints another Catholic to senior health position — and some aren’t happy

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s an interesting bit of news, largely overlooked by the mainstream press yesterday: President Obama has announced that Alexia Kelley, founder of the antiabortion group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, will serve as the director of the Health […]

This takes the cake

posted by deacon greg kandra

God bless my staff, which gave me this cake at the end of the day — thus offering further proof that bakeries are required by law to hire only people who cannot spell. Thank you, gang, for making my birthday […]

Ah! Bright wings!

posted by deacon greg kandra

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oilCrushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?Generations have trod, have trod, have […]

“Make grunting sounds while putting on socks”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s one of Bill Geist’s “50 Ways to Tell You’re 50.” I’m ahead of the game. I was doing that at 48. Happy birthday to me.

The son of a deacon receives five sacraments at one parish

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s something that doesn’t happen all that often, but it just did in Washington, DC: a man ordained to the priesthood received his fifth sacrament at one church. From the Catholic Standard: For Father Andrew Davy, it seemed only fitting […]

68.1 million, and counting…

posted by deacon greg kandra

The 2009 Official Catholic Directory is out, and the numbers are in: The number of patients served in Catholic hospitals and the number of clients assisted by Catholic charitable agencies went up. Fewer baptisms, first Communions, confirmations and marriages were […]

D-Day, the 6th of June

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s “D” for deacons. In addition to the ordination yesterday of nine men in Gary, Indiana, St. Louis also saw several ordinations: Bishop Robert Hermann ordained 11 men to the Order of the Permanent Diaconate at 10 a.m. Saturday, June […]

A dying priest’s journey: “I’m a teacher, and this is a teachable moment”

posted by deacon greg kandra

What does a priest do when he’s unexpectedly facing the final days of his life? This story from the Boston Globe offers an answer — and a lesson: Father Field is having one of his good days. It’s Pentecost Sunday […]

Gary’s got ‘em: nine new deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some happy news for a Sunday morning: Indiana has nine shiny new deacons for the Diocese of Gary: Many are called. Few answer. Dennis Guernsey jokes he’s a little deaf, but God’s call came loud and clear in mid-life. “I […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by deacon greg kandra

Signs carried by demonstrators near the Kansas funeral of slain abortion doctor George Tiller. PHOTO: by Charlie Reidel/AP

Homily for June 7, 2009: Trinity Sunday

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the movies that always pops up on TV during an election year is “The Candidate,” with Robert Redford. I saw it years ago, and caught it again on cable last fall. It’s the story of a young, idealistic […]

A married priest helps end a Nebraska vocations drought

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some interesting news from the heartland today: After a five year drought where the Grand Island Catholic Diocese did not ordain a single new priest, Friday they ordained three — including the state’s first married priest. It was with nervous […]

Irish religious orders agree to boost payments to sex abuse victims

posted by deacon greg kandra

In a followup to news I posted a couple weeks ago, it looks like Ireland’s religious orders will indeed be coughing up more money to compensate victims of sex abuse. From CNS: The 18 Irish religious orders implicated in decades […]

Reason to rejoice

posted by deacon greg kandra

Is there any better way to mark the end of another week? I don’t think so.

Lino Un-rulli

posted by deacon greg kandra

That was Cardinal Egan’s wry nickname for the “Catholic Guy” on Sirius Radio, Lino Rulli, who now also works as a contributor to “Currents.” Here, for a drizzly Friday: Lino’s piece from our first episode of “Currents,” wherein he meets […]

More brothers in the City of Brotherly Love

posted by deacon greg kandra

And the ordinations keep rolling in. Philadelphia just added more deacons to the roster: The reading from Acts, chapter 6 at the May 30 Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul was most appropriate. “… So they […]

And two shall be one: Catholic publishers merge

posted by deacon greg kandra

Big news in the media world, as the nation’s largest Catholic publisher announces that it has absorbed another publishing house: Catholic publisher Our Sunday Visitor Inc. says it has acquired Harcourt Religion Publishers from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. Terms […]

Bless me, Father, for I have unresolved issues with my mother

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you think confession is free psychiatric advice, think again: Confessing in the Catholic church has long provided material for Hollywood screen-writers, with a dark wooden booth, a priest’s stern silhouette glimpsed through a screen and the uttered phrase “Bless […]

Amazing gymnastic stunts: don’t try this at home

posted by deacon greg kandra

But watch. It’s spectacular.

The Deacon and the God Googler

posted by deacon greg kandra

The venerable Mike “Googling God” Hayes (from Busted Halo) popped over to “Currents” this afternoon, to be interviewed for a program we’re airing on June 10. The subject was youth ministry, and keeping the young in the faith. He was […]

“Currents” clips

posted by deacon greg kandra

If anyone missed it — I know you were all glued to your computer screens last night (not) — you can catch part of yesterday’s debut of “Currents” at our website. Click on the screens to watch individual pieces. We […]

“Our life as monks is not set up to sit around and answer phones”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Many readers may be familiar with Laser Monks, the innovative and popular ministry of some Trappists out in Wisconsin. Now, the New York Times looks at the lay women who make that ministry hum: At the ringing of a bowl-shaped […]

Obama v. the Church?

posted by deacon greg kandra

From the Philadelphia Inquirer comes this blunt assessment of President Obama’s recent visit to Notre Dame: I’m ultimately led to a rational, if sinister, motivation on the president’s part. The Catholic Church has a long and unyielding position against abortion. […]

Well, who’da thunk?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Just got word from a friend that I’ve won an award from the Catholic Press Association for this essay. Must’ve been a slow year in the publishing biz. Heh.

The “Currents” crew

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here they are: Nathalia Ortiz, Matt McClure, Tai Hernandez and Lino Rulli. The on air anchors and reporters of “Currents.” Photo: by Tim Haines, Tim Haines Photography 

Conan’s not the only one debuting tonight

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you can, whisper up a prayer for the good people at The NET (including Your Humble Blogger) as we really “put out into the deep” today. The first-ever daily Catholic news show, “Currents,” debuts tonight at 7:30 ET. (Channel […]

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posted 10:42:40pm Dec. 12, 2010 | read full post »

One day more
A reminder: "The Deacon's Bench" is closed! Please enjoy the archives!

posted 11:26:20pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Meet Montana's married priest
Earlier this week, I posted an item about Montana getting its first married priest. Now a local TV station has hopped on the bandwagon. Take a look, below.

posted 10:29:55pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Big day in the Big Easy: 10 new deacons
Deacon Mike Talbot has the scoop: 10 men today were ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This group of men was formally selected on the day the evacuation of New Orleans began as Hurricane Katrina approached. The immediate aftermath of the storm for this class would be

posted 6:55:42pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Gaudete! And let's break out a carol or two...
"Gesu Bambino," anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy.

posted 1:04:10pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

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