The Deacon's Bench
April 2010 Archives

Which, now that I think of it, isn’t that long from now… Nonetheless…the lesson here: enjoy the dance of life!

It was addressed to “Wilton” — then-Bishop Wilton Gregory, President of the USCCB — in early 2002 and was written by his chancellor.  It is only now seeing the light of day. First, the story behind it, from the St. […]

I get that question a lot — as do many deacons, I’m sure. (Actually, more often, they ask me, “Father, will you give me a blessing?”  That ranks up there with “Father, can you hear my confession?” as one of […]

At a time when more people are defending the discipline, someone close to the pope is suggesting the vow of celibacy might be changed: The vow of celibacy by the clergy may be open to review, the Vatican’s second highest […]

It’s not every Sunday that a homily finds a connection between hockey and Jesus Christ. But a priest managed to do that last weekend: Father Paul Noble isn’t the only Blue Jackets fan to suggest that players from his favorite […]

Some revealing new statistics just released yesterday by the Vatican help paint a clearer picture of the Church of today — and, of course, tomorrow: The Vatican Publishing House has recently released a new edition of the Statistical Yearbook of […]

Or so it seems, according to a new poll just released: Support for the Roman Catholic Church has risen in Poland, a survey showed on Tuesday, despite child sexual abuse scandals that have badly eroded its authority and reputation in […]

Definitely possibly almost absolutely…maybe: A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say wooden remains they have discovered on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey are the remains of Noah’s Ark. The group claims that carbon dating proves the relics are […]

Part of the problem that gave rise to this post may well be anonymity. In the blogosphere, you can be anyone, or no one, and get away with almost anything. No one needs to be accountable, or own up to […]

That’s what my assistant news director asked me when she saw me pull out a camera in the office so that I could have my picture taken with John Michael Talbot. She asked the question with the same arched eyebrow […]