The Deacon's Bench
July 2009 Archives

This may seem like an improbable casting choice, but there’s word from Hollywood that Quentin Tarantino’s muse will soon be donning the habit to play a nun. From CNA: An upcoming movie will portray the real life story of Ugandan […]

Any Beantown priests who are counting the days until they hit the retirement age of 70 should keep on counting. From the Boston Globe: The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, continuing to grapple with a shortage of clergy, is raising the […]

That seems to be what the Archbishop of Canterbury is mulling for his fractured, increasingly splintered church — an idea that sounds, frankly, schizophrenic. From the New York Times: Confronting rifts among his followers over gay clergy and same-sex unions, […]

Controversy has long swirled around one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the world — and now one of its most visible and outspoken advocates has decided to leave the priesthood. From CNA: Pope Benedict XVI has approved the […]

Well, the responses to these articles on the diaconate in America have started to trickle in, and my personal favorite just might be this one, from Ron Hansen: The adjective “busy” seems to be increasingly attached to “deacon” because while […]

Here’s a fascinating nugget from McNamara’s Blog. He notes that today marks the anniversary of the death of Bob Hope, a late-in-life convert who funded a chapel at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington: The name of […]

My Anglican e-pal Bosco Peters, in New Zealand, noting the kerfuffle over that wedding march, has pointed me to this intriguing video of an Episcopal parish in San Francisco which regularly uses dance as part of its liturgy. Below is […]

Okay. Confession time: I don’t follow college sports. So the name “Tim Tebow” doesn’t ring any bells with me. But this guy is on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and evidently a very big deal. So it was an even […]

I can’t believe I missed this story a couple weeks ago. But with a cheerful wave of the deacon’s stole to Charm City blogger Fr. Austin Murphy (who saw it first), I happily post this account, from the Baltimore Sun, […]

My cousins in the diocesan television industry, CatholicTV in Boston, are wading into the sometimes murky waters of reality TV. But this sounds like a plunge worth taking: CatholicTV, a television ministry of the Boston Archdiocese, is venturing into the […]