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September 2009 Archives

When was the last time the United States government paid tribute to a group of Catholic religious?  It happened last week.  Take a look.   

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Things are coming along nicely at my new digs.  I just finished hanging the curtains and plugging in the coffee pot.  And now we’re getting really fancy.   If you look to your right, in the upper right corner of […]

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We’re moving right along … Head over to my new address, and there’s a button on the upper right corner for an RSS feed, so you can easily keep up with The Bench.

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The Vatican has announced a theme for the next World Communications Day — and it’s all about new media:  For World Communications Day 2010, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the theme “The priest and pastoral ministry in a digital world: […]

Again, Medjugorje is in the news.  And again, it’s about the local bishop warning the citizens not to believe in the alleged apparitions. From the Catholic News Service:  Confirming young people from the parish in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, […]

Forget “Praise to the Lord” or even “Gather Us In.” You know the song I’m talking about. Crank up the volume and join in.

I just got back from our parish’s annual fundraiser golf tournament and dinner dance.  And once again, it was confirmed for me that the great musical force that unifies the American Church isn’t Gregorian chant, or classic hymns like “Praise […]

Maybe.  Evidence is being gathered to promote the cause for a bishop from Sacramento.   Details, from Scripps Howard:  In October 2007, Sara Sevilla eagerly awaited the test results that could explain why suddenly she had lost her sight. But […]

There’s a growing movement to try and answer that question — and, just maybe, have an impact on abortion laws.    From the Los Angeles Times:  It is one of the enduring questions of religion and science, and lately of […]

A favorite ad, that just seems worth re-visiting right about now.  I love the world. Don’t you?