The Deacon's Bench
October 2009 Archives

“This new generation seems ideally positioned to address the lamentable tendency in American Catholic life to drive a wedge between the church’s pro-life message and its peace-and-justice commitments. More generally, they can help us find the sane middle between two […]

So says Vatican Radio, denying previous reports that the problem was all about the celibacy issue: “There has been widespread speculation, based on supposedly knowledgeable remarks by an Italian correspondent Andrea Tornielli, that the delay in publication of the Apostolic […]

Grace Slick — “White Rabbit,” “Somebody to Love,” etc. — just turned 70.  “I grow old. I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled…”   Sigh. 

[This weekend, I’m preaching a special children’s liturgy, which will include a belated commemoration of World Priest Day.  So for those looking for an All Saints homily, I’ve decided to dip into the vault: this is a re-post from my […]

It’s not unusual for men who are called to police work to feel a similar call to serve others as deacons. Case in point, from Oregon: It was 10 years ago that Martin Larner drove his police motorcycle past St. […]

An alert reader found this nugget buried among the many propositions that resulted from the just-finished Synod of Bishops of Africa: Permanent Deacons  This Synod has identified the service of Reconciliation justice and peace as the urgent face and form […]

Finally, one ministry where the idea of a clown mass is not as far-fetched as it sounds:  A circus ministry team, which includes a Boston priest, is charged with bringing the word of God to circus performers, people who are constantly […]

This is a little out-of-the ordinary: the story of a couple who lived together before getting married, but had a change of heart.   The Denver Catholic Register interviewed them: Western Slope parishioners Mike and Toni (not their real names) have […]

As we near the end of Respect Life month, this story jumps out as especially timely: My son is not a hugger. He’s almost 2 years old, and I can count on one hand the times he’s squeezed his chubby […]

Here’s a curious tidbit from Maryland, about an Episcopal bishop who wants to remind people that the conversion door swings both ways: Lost in talk of the splintering of the Anglican Communion, Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton says, is the appeal […]