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The Bush Brothers: Jeb says W won’t convert

posted by deacon greg kandra

After gobbling up tons of bandwidth over the Kennedys, let’s now turn to the other side of the aisle, and another political dynasty, okay? Rumblings about George W. Bush converting to Catholicism have been heard since before he left office. […]

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Looking at the “socially minded ethnic Catholic tradition” of the Democrats

posted by deacon greg kandra

Over at U.S. News & World Report, Dan Gilgoff (with a big nod to David Gibson) takes note of an interesting demographic point: Ted Kennedy’s death is an end to several different eras, but Politics Daily’s David Gibson warns against […]

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“Molded into the likeness of Christ”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Those words, from the Rite for Ordination for the Order of Priests, seem to sum it all up for the picture below. H/T to The Crescat via New Advent for bringing this to my attention. As noted: 4 June 1962. […]

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One final thought on Kennedy’s funeral

posted by deacon greg kandra

I posted some of the remarks below in the comment box. I’m putting them here for further thought, and prayer. And I place this here, mindful of the fact that several readers have written me personally, deeply distressed at the […]

“Fatigue” — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

That is the one word summary for the sudden departure of Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino, who had more to say on the subject this morning at a news conference: After officially announcing his resignation this morning, Diocese of Scranton Bishop […]

“Because you are here”: why this baby lives

posted by deacon greg kandra

The excellent diocesan paper Florida Catholic is touting an upcoming vigil for life by recalling one inspiring success story from last year’s vigil: The prayers of hundreds of participants in the 2008 “40 Days for Life” campaign at Planned Parenthood […]

For all you Catholic funeral junkies out there

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you’re interested in comparing funerals, you can pay your respects at Your Funeral Guy — yes, that’s the name of the site — for an overview of the funeral of Ted Kennedy’s sister, Eunice Shriver, held two weeks ago. […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by deacon greg kandra

In Southern California, a La Cañada Flintridge resident arrives at a police checkpoint to try to see whether her home was spared from the fire. Photo: by Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

O’Malley’s moment

posted by deacon greg kandra

Below is the video of the one moment in Kennedy’s funeral mass where we heard from Boston’s Cardinal Archbishop, Sean O’Malley: the commendation at the end. Over at GetReligion, there’s an interesting discussion on the liturgy — and some questions […]

Overheard in the rectory: no compliments, please

posted by deacon greg kandra

This was conveyed to me today by the parishioner in the story, who wanted to know if I’d heard about it. It was concerning my homily last weekend. Knowing the priest involved, I thought this was hysterical — and typical: […]

From the e-mailbag: “Liturgical comfort food”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A priest friend dropped me an e-mail with his thoughts on the Kennedy funeral: i. We have a crisis in liturgy in this country. What it comes down to is that we are addicted to “therapeutic religion;” the religion that […]

Feel the goosebumps: stunning ordination video

posted by deacon greg kandra

From, of course, the amazing wizards at Brooklyn’s beloved Grassroots Films. Want to see what New Evangelization looks like? This is it. Big time. God bless GF founder Joe Campo and his amazing crew.

Overheard in the rectory: nice sermon, Father

posted by deacon greg kandra

Actually, this happened one Sunday, after mass, outside the church. Parishioner (to Deacon), while shaking his hand: Nice sermon, Father! I always like what you have to say. We need more people like you. You and Bill O’Reilly. You two […]

Overheard in the rectory: money talks

posted by deacon greg kandra

Once again, the subject is baptisms. Caller: We have people from overseas visiting and I’d like to have our baby baptized while they’re here. Do you have any room in October? Deacon: Actually, no. October is booked solid. We try […]

Kennedy’s letter to the pope: “I know that I have been an imperfect human being” — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Anyone wondering what was in that letter that Ted Kennedy sent to the pope got a glimpse this afternoon, when Washington’s retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick read an excerpt at the graveside: McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, read from a letter […]

Handmaids of the Lord: An African-American order in Harlem

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s something unusual, and surprising: a profile of an order of nuns in the United States that is one of the few set up specifically for African-Americans: When Sister Georginah Githinji arrived in the U.S. from Kenya she thought of […]

Blair on his conversion: “I felt I was coming home”

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the Church’s most famous recent converts spoke recently about what led to his conversion — and, not surprisingly, it had a lot to do with his wife: Tony Blair said his conversion to Catholicism had been driven by […]

Overheard in the rectory: a baptism question

posted by deacon greg kandra

I’m starting a new category here at The Bench: “Overheard in the rectory.” Because some of this stuff is just, well, incredible. My first installment, from a phone conversation this afternoon. Caller: “Hello, Deacon. I’m having my baby baptized at […]

Homily for August 30, 2009: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted by deacon greg kandra

Years ago, Rose Kennedy said that she used to dream that her youngest son would grow up to be a priest. Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. Not by a long shot. Over the past few days, we’ve […]

So, what did you REALLY think of the funeral, Ed?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Canon lawyer Ed Peters shares his views on the Kennedy funeral: The homily, which started well enough but steadily deteriorated, fell into various holes like (I’m quoting from memory): “the fruits of [Kennedy’s] work in politics well-prepared him for God’s […]

Three words about Ted Kennedy’s funeral

posted by deacon greg kandra

What? No deacons?

From the e-mailbag: “Deacon, you are walking a dangerous path”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader has taken issue with a comment that I’ve included on my WELCOME sidebar, in which I suggest we should approach this blog with an attitude of “WWJB” or “What would Jesus blog?” The writer notes: I’m sorry deacon, […]

Journalism, schmournalism

posted by deacon greg kandra

That sound you hear is my jaw hitting the desk as I see the cover below and read the accompanying blog entry: The folks at Denver Magazine call their September edition “The Men’s Issue,” and no wonder. The two women […]

BREAKING NEWS: Bishop Martino resigns — WITH UPDATES

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s a little bombshell that may have larger implications. One of America’s most outspoken and controversial bishops is stepping down: Bishop Joseph F. Martino will resign as head of the Diocese of Scranton, Pa., as early as next week, according […]

“Wonderful to meet you, Deacon. I’m Teddy Kennedy.”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Triple D — Deacon Dr. William Ditewig — posted a fascinating personal remembrance of Ted Kennedy on his Facebook page last night. He told me he wrote it for his family. But with his permission, I post it below: I […]

“Grace met grace”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Peggy Noonan recalls a very different era, and two strikingly different men. She also offers us a reminder why she was, and remains, one of the great speechwriters.

“Overheard in the newsroom”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the name of a popular website that has now become my favorite loitering place on the ‘net. And for good reason. Some of this stuff is so insanely hilarious, you just know it has to be true. Believe me, […]

Health care reform: “It is the great tension in Catholic thought right now”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The New York Times has picked up on something many of us noticed weeks ago: not all Catholic bishops are thrilled with proposed changes to health care: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has been lobbying for three decades […]

Where can you find some thoughtful TV commentary on Kennedy the Catholic?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Right here, of course.

From the e-mailbag: enough with Kennedy, already

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader writes: I’m not sure what your fascination with the late Senator Kennedy is, but I do hope you’ll leave him to the mainstream media and keep to topics worthy of our consideration. This man hurt many, many people […]

Ted Kennedy, pro-lifer

posted by deacon greg kandra

Rod Dreher has taken note of the surprising way in which Kennedy’s political career survived Chappequiddick (and a number of other follies) — and suggests that such survival today would be impossible. I agree. The media (on the air and […]

Here they come: Anglican nuns joining Catholic Church in Baltimore

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some big news out of Baltimore (go Terps!), where a tiny tidal wave of conversions is about to happen: After seven years of prayer and discernment, a community of Episcopal nuns and their chaplain will be received into the Roman […]

From the e-mailbag: why is the state meddling in marriage anyway?

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader, noting this post on same-sex marriage, has some questions — and maybe some of you out there would like to share your thoughts: I’m a citizen of the Great State of New Jersey and these are my Bishops […]

“His legacy will be carried on through the lives of those he served”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Today we mourn the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and we extend our heartfelt prayers and sincere condolences to his wife Victoria and their children, Kara, Edward, Patrick, Curran and Caroline. Senator Kennedy was blessed with a dedicated and […]

“This great truth about marriage…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

In an unusual move, the bishops of an entire state have launched a campaign against same-sex marriage: Catholic bishops in New Jersey have begun a campaign against same-sex marriage in anticipation of a possible vote on the issue by state […]

Another Kennedy burial at Arlington

posted by deacon greg kandra

Arrangements and details are trickling out: The official tributes and funeral services for Senator Edward M. Kennedy will begin on Thursday morning, when his body is carried by motorcade from the family compound in Hyannis Port to the John F. […]

Randall Terry’s theater of the absurd

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s a polite way to describe the frankly outrageous scene described here, at a town hall meeting over Obamacare: While supporters dominated inside the auditorium, opponents made a splash outside the high school gymnasium with street theater. The Moran town […]

Kennedy: the final days

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Senator from Massachusetts had come to rely more intently on his faith, according to his family and his priest. From the New York Times: In recent years, friends say, Mr. Kennedy had come to lean heavily on his Roman […]

Who can have a Catholic funeral? — WITH UPDATES

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some people might be wondering — especially in light of the death of Ted Kennedy. My understanding has always been that every baptized Catholic, with few exceptions, has the right to a Catholic burial. But, of course, there are nuances […]

On Kennedy

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Some will focus on his personal sins -the assumed repentance or lack of same (of which they will likely have no real knowledge, just hunches) and some will presume to know the state of his soul, but those will be […]

Answering the call in Columbus: an extraordinary series unfolds

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Columbus Dispatch has done something quite remarkable — and possibly, unprecedented — for a secular paper, devoting a lot of ink and newsprint to a series following a year in the life of seminarian. The entire series (so far), […]

Chilling. And necessary.

posted by deacon greg kandra

This graphic PSA from Great Britain reminds me of the disturbing accident films they used to show in Driver’s Ed. Do you sometimes text and drive? Well, you won’t after watching this. Warning: it’s not for the faint of heart. […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“When you fall, people push you down even more. The world is full of materialism and envy. When you are famous and you fall, people don’t want you to come back. It is almost impossible to come back. It’s hard […]

Do you care about the availability of the Tridentine Mass? — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Most American Catholics, it seems, don’t. According to CNS: Nearly two-thirds of U.S. Catholics surveyed said they have no opinion on the increased availability of the Tridentine Mass since Pope Benedict XVI made it easier for parishes to offer the […]

Opus Dei coming to the screen — again

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the more colorful — and controversial — stories of the modern Church is being made into a movie. It’s the story of the founder of Opus Dei — which figured prominently, of course, in that little movie made […]

Do you have a pet in your life that you love?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Then this little blog is for you. Further proof — if any were needed — that there is a blog out there for everyone. I stumbled on it last night and was charmed to find this lovely prayer by Albert […]

Forget the monkeys. Watch how a gorilla opens a banana.

posted by deacon greg kandra

By now, you have probably seen this video, explaining the authentic, monkey-inspired way to open a banana: But wait. There’s more. Check out how gorillas do it (at least, at Busch Gardens):

A nibbling link-a-palooza

posted by deacon greg kandra

Bored? Glancing at the news, I come to this conclusion: it’s a Monday in late August and it seems like the world is either on vacation or just insane. (That doesn’t include people with names like Gosselin, or Jackson, who […]

Don’t stop believing

posted by deacon greg kandra

Amy Welborn can’t. Check out this latest entry. And then crank up the volume, below. Oh: and for a very different interp of the same music, there’s this version, from “Glee.”

Conversion: “The Waltons” actress transforms church into her home

posted by deacon greg kandra

Most of us remember her as Ike Godsy’s prim spouse up on Walton’s Mountain. But the actress Ronnie Claire Edwards is also something of a character herself, and she recently bought a Dallas Catholic Church and converted it into a […]

Catholic priest “delighted” at Lockerbie bomber’s release

posted by deacon greg kandra

A move that surprised many — and angered more than a few — has been greeted warmly by at least one Catholic cleric. Catholic News Service has details: A Scottish priest who served at Lockerbie, Scotland, at the time an […]

Roy Bourgeois: “I will not be silenced” — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

The controversial priest who participated in a woman’s ordination ceremony last year is back in the news again — and continuing to stir the pot: A prominent priest whose support for women’s ordination has him in trouble with the Catholic […]

St. Juan Diego’s tilma: “completely outside” science

posted by deacon greg kandra

In the middle of marking two feasts of the Blessed Mother — the Assumption and the Queenship of Mary — Zenit has published a report on one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Virgin: Juan Diego’s tilma. Take a […]

The savory pleasures of “Julie & Julia”: cooperating in the act of creation

posted by deacon greg kandra

I never thought it would be possible for someone to make an absorbing movie in which the central dramatic question turned on whether a 30-year-old woman from Queens could master the art of boning a duck. But then Nora Ephron […]

Don’t kiss the saint

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s evidently the latest rule enacted in Spain as a way of averting swine flu. Details: For centuries, pilgrims have visited one of Roman Catholicism’s holiest shrines—the cathedral holding the purported remains of St. James the Apostle, Spain’s patron saint. […]

A day fit for a Queen: America gets another basilica

posted by deacon greg kandra

On the anniversary of the day it was dedicated — the feast of the Queenship of Mary — Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine near Orlando became, officially, a basilica. From the Orlando Sentinel: It wasn’t a new gut-gripping ride […]

Animal magnetism

posted by deacon greg kandra

From the always-amusing Jeanne Moos at CNN… Embedded video from CNN Video

That whacky guy from Galilee, Jesus

posted by deacon greg kandra

Did the savior of the world have a sense of humor? We know Jesus wept. Did he laugh? “A Pharisee and a Saducee walk into a bar…” Well, give a listen to this thoughtful and entertaining interview with Fr. James […]

Why Thomas Merton mattered

posted by deacon greg kandra

Wander over to the always-thoughtful Intentional Disciples blog for a fascinating dissection of why Merton’s “The Seven Storey Mountain” struck such a chord in the post-World War II era. His life’s journey had something powerful and provocative to say to […]

Homily for August 23, 2009: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted by deacon greg kandra

When you’re on vacation, sometimes, you can’t completely get away from the world. Last week, I watched the news down in Florida, and saw the tragic pictures of that plane crashing into a helicopter over the Hudson. It was truly […]

This is how rumors get started

posted by deacon greg kandra

Yesterday, I posted on the proposed changes in the mass text, and how they might affect the deacon. A couple days earlier, I’d also put up a story about the Bishop of Tulsa deciding to celebrate mass ad orientem. This […]

Hail, Holy Queen: heaven and earth resound the hymn!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Since we are convinced, after long and serious reflection, that great good will accrue to the Church if this solidly established truth shines forth more clearly to all, like a luminous lamp raised aloft, by Our Apostolic authority We decree […]

A little Medjugorge news

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the leading critics of the alleged apparitions has given an interview that has appeared in several Serbian newspapers. In it, he puts the Medjugorge phenomenon in a cultural and political context — and describes the apparently differing opinions […]

Lutherans vote to allow gay clergy

posted by deacon greg kandra

What many predicted would happen has, in fact, come to pass. From the New York Times: After an emotional debate over the authority of Scripture and the limits of biblical inclusiveness, leaders of the country’s largest Lutheran denomination voted Friday […]

“Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s one small, but significant, change in the new translation of the mass that will directly impact the deacon. You can find more at this helpful link, provided by the USCCB, with comparisons of the old version of the mass, […]

On the pope and the media

posted by deacon greg kandra

Most people might not consider Pope Benedict a Great Communicator, on a par with his predecessor Pope John Paul. But as John Thavis at CNS notes, the pontiff has a deeper understanding of the media and communications, and even mentioned […]

“Lovely Bones”: haunting preview

posted by deacon greg kandra

I loved Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones” when I read the novel a few years back. It’s a fascinating and moving glimpse at grief, narrated by a young girl who was murdered and who recounts how she watches over her […]

Cardinal DiNardo to deacons: you are “irreplaceable”

posted by deacon greg kandra

An archdiocese with nearly 400 deacons (!) hosted an annual convocation for them recently. The scoop, from the Catholic Herald: Urged to continue being active in home parishes and in ministries supported by the archdiocese, more than 300 deacons and […]

“This declaration is antithetical to the very essence of Jewish-Christian dialogue”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A recent statement by U.S. bishops is causing controversy among some Jewish groups, according to this report: Major Jewish groups and rabbis from the three largest branches of American Judaism said Thursday that their relationship with Roman Catholic leaders is […]

I still do: this couple begins every day by repeating their wedding vows

posted by deacon greg kandra

I can’t think of a better way of building up a marriage than starting every day the way this couple does: When most married couples vow to love, honor and cherish each other on their wedding day, that is often […]

What on earth is happening to television news?

posted by deacon greg kandra

I have to wonder, especially after getting this e-mail from a former CBS News colleague who can’t quite believe his eyes, or ears. He caught the CBS Evening News last night, to see what they had to say about the […]

Analyze this: a Catholic psychiatrist on the mind, and mountains

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s something you don’t hear about very often: a Catholic psychiatrist who has, in effect, made the mind his ministry: Dr. Tom Welch, keen of mind yet mild-mannered, has emerged as a champion of compassion. The 44-year-old Catholic psychiatrist — […]

Contemplating…what?

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s summer and more of us are letting our minds wander. Over at The Anchoress, her mind is meandering through the hills of valleys of interior contemplation, and she stumbled upon this beautiful reflection, from a lady pursuing a religious […]

Obama to religious groups: health care is “a core ethical and moral obligation”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The President continued his campaign for health reform yesterday, taking his case (via conference call) to a variety of sympathetic religious groups: Addressing a coalition of religious progressives this afternoon in a teleconference call, President Barack Obama denied that his […]

“Talkin’ ’bout my generation”

posted by deacon greg kandra

I popped over to visit Happy Catholic today and discovered The Zimmers. I’m now smitten. Who, you may ask, are The Zimmers? Just some rowdy senior citizen rockers who have caused a sensation across The Pond. Check out this delightful […]

“I hope this column makes you sick”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Those words begin this stark, frank, and — unfortunately — utterly necessary column by the very fine writer Leonard Pitts, Jr.. The subject is Nazis, who seem to be everywhere these days. Read on: I hope this column makes you […]

Don Hewitt, R.I.P.

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Today, a lot of what passes for news on television couldn’t hold its own with a supermarket checkout counter. Today, the only measure that counts is what kind of promotable nonsense you can come up with to draw people away […]

Face East, young man — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the way they’ll be doing things in Tulsa — at least, when Bishop Edward Slattery celebrates mass at the cathedral. The bishop’s statement, in part: In the last 40 years…this shared orientation was lost; now the priest and the […]

Does Scalia favor the killing of innocents?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That seems to be the charge Alan Dershowitz is hurling here, and picked up by the America blog In All Things: I never thought I would live to see the day when a justice of the Supreme Court would publish […]

“I see this as an opportunity to return gifts God gave me”

posted by deacon greg kandra

What do you do after you’ve had a successful career in the NFL and business? One man’s surprising answer: After two successful careers, one in the NFL and one in the business world, Steve Walsh thought his experience, training and […]

How long until we can tweet confession?

posted by deacon greg kandra

The day is fast approaching. Our Hebrew brothers and sisters can already tweet their prayers, according to this report: Want to tweet God? An Israeli university student has opened a Twitter site, twitter.com/thekotel, where prayers can be sent for placement […]

You have never seen anything quite like this. Really.

posted by deacon greg kandra

From The Anchoress comes this astonishing example of “sand animation,” from the Ukraine. The explanation: The video tells the story of life during World War II or The Great Patriotic War, as it’s known in the Ukraine. It is no […]

Robert Novak, Catholic convert, dies

posted by deacon greg kandra

The conservative commentator — and celebrated Catholic convert — has lost his battle with brain cancer. From the Washington Post: Robert D. Novak, 78, an influential columnist and panelist on TV news-discussion shows who called himself a “stirrer up of […]

Lutherans consider allowing sexually active gay people to serve in ministry

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s something that will undoubtedly raise some eyebrows — and blood pressures. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, one of the largest Christian denominations in the country, will decide this week whether to allow gay people in relationships to serve […]

“Father Barber has violated our trust in him…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader thought this priest’s name sounded familiar, and then realized that I’d posted a news item on him two years ago. So this morning, this reader dropped me a line to bring me this sobering piece of news: Father […]

Another diocese ordains its first deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

This item crackled over the wire last week while I was on vacation, but it deserves a resounding cheer from The Bench: Training to become a Catholic deacon took William Hisker from theology classes at St. Vincent College and into […]

From natural resources, to supernatural ones: one man’s journey to the priesthood

posted by deacon greg kandra

From Denver comes this inspiring tale of a vocation that grew in rocky soil — literally. Take a look at this piece, in the Denver Post: Ron Cattany had a long, full career in natural resources. Next on his agenda […]

Catholic convert, world’s oldest pupil, dies

posted by deacon greg kandra

From the “I Didn’t Know That” Desk comes this poignant news, via CNA: The Kenyan man named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest pupil, who enrolled in classes to learn to read the Bible and […]

Why Newt did it

posted by deacon greg kandra

Time magazine has what I think may be the first in-depth look at Newt Gingrich’s recent conversion. From the magazine: Visitors to the Basilica of the National Shrine in northeast Washington often do a double take when they see Newt […]

Pitino: forgiven, or fired?

posted by deacon greg kandra

The scandal swirling around one of college basketball’s most celebrated coaches — and a Catholic, at that — has raised questions about morality and forgiveness — along with more mundane things, like whether the man in question has violated the […]

Maddening

posted by deacon greg kandra

Our long national nightmare is almost over. “Mad Men” returns tonight at 10. What started for me as a guilty pleasure two summers ago has become as addictive as nicotine and as intoxicating as a Bloody Mary. It also happens […]

“Scenes From A Parish”

posted by deacon greg kandra

I was contacted recently about possibly promoting this film, and I have to say: it looks remarkable. Thoughtful. Revealing. And utterly truthful. It will be shown on PBS later this year. See for yourself, and take a look at the […]

A snapshot of America’s religious

posted by deacon greg kandra

This item moved on Thursday, but I haven’t seen much about it anywhere. Seems America’s Catholic religious are aging (duh!) but they’re also become more diverse: A new study of Catholic religious orders shows that their dwindling ranks are predominantly […]

What I’ve been up to

posted by deacon greg kandra

The curious, or the bored, can visit my Shutterfly site “The Deacon’s Camera” for a photo gallery from the last couple weeks. It’s mostly complete — I may want to add a few more pictures in the days ahead. Among […]

Homily for August 16, 2009: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted by deacon greg kandra

Several years ago, my wife and I took a tour through Italy and one of the stops was Siena. It’s this beautiful, old, medieval village – most famous for its most famous saint, Catherine of Siena. And, in fact, you […]

Cardinal to deacons: “From a good disciple, a good missionary is born”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, the feast of St. Lawrence came and went on August 10th, but a leading figure at the Vatican has taken note: The Catholic Church increasingly relies on the ministry of permanent deacons, who must be experts in preaching the […]

From the e-mailbag: a deacon’s wife writes

posted by deacon greg kandra

As you can imagine, there’s lots of mail stacked up here at The Bench from the last two weeks. This note comes from the wife of a newly ordained deacon in Los Angeles, and she takes exception to my posting […]

I’m back!

posted by deacon greg kandra

As many of you may have heard, there was a Blogger/Google glitch — a “brain fart,” someone called it — which shut down my little blog (and, it seems, hundreds of others) for a couple days. It now appears to […]

My view for the next couple weeks

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Deacon’s Wife and I will be at Disney World for a few days. (Fr. Austin, I’ll be sure and send your regards.) Longtime readers will remember what a great time we had last year. We decided to do it […]

Best divorce video. Ever.

posted by deacon greg kandra

I thought Weird Al might get to it first, but no! This delightful take-down of that great wedding video (which some say was crap, but I loved it anyway) nails it. Enjoy. See more funny videos and funny pictures at […]

The economy is down, but giving is up

posted by deacon greg kandra

You might think it would be otherwise, but a story out this weekend indicates bad times are good news for charitable giving to churches: Frank Berning, a lifelong Roman Catholic, has upped his church giving as the economy drooped. “I […]

Homily for August 2, 2009: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted by deacon greg kandra

“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one He sent.” This week, I read about a man who did believe – and who spent his life doing the work of God. His name was William McCarthy. […]

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