The Deacon's Bench
December 2009 Archives

A California priest is expressing his faith in a surprising and creative way: There’s no steeple out front, no rows of pews inside, not even so much as a crucifix on display. Still, this cramped little art studio in the […]

On the last day of the year, what have you left unspoken, unwritten, unshared? From the NY Times: Last month, Illegal Art, the New York-based public-art collective, placed installations around the city and invited passers-by to offer a few last […]

Last Sunday, the New York Times Magazine ran a series of articles on notable people who had died during 2009 – most well known, a few not. It was the story of one of those lesser-known people that caught my […]

That would be the pictures contained in this poignant and wonderfully inspiring slideshow, put together by the Downtown Chapel Catholic Parish of Portland, Oregon. The Catholic Sentinel has details: Though it wasn’t an intended part of the original vision of […]

…and he must have meant this place. But, if it’s not a mistake, and I read this right, I’m in some pretty swanky company here. Thanks, Marcel!   You’ve just made The Bench blush.

The New York Times has a blog called Motherlode, about various parenting issues, and earlier this year the blog’s author Lisa Belkin posted about a couple of unexpected pregnancies. One young woman, after some consideration, opted for abortion; the other […]

Pretty favorably, according to the usually-reliable John Allen. In his year-end wrap-up (converted to a decade-end wrap-up this year, of course), he looks at some of the biggest Catholic stories of the decade, and takes an especially close look at […]

How’s this for First Class? The U.S. Postal Service has announced that Mother Teresa will be among those honored with her very own stamp next year: Nobel Peace Prize honoree Mother Teresa, legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, Negro Leagues Baseball and […]

“If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in the world today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well with the world; in other words, I would look for […]

Incredible, but true: In what is being hailed as a Christmas “miracle,” a young mother died during labor with a still-born baby on Christmas Eve but both mom and baby came back to life just minutes later, before the eyes […]