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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.
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.
Can you believe it’s been 30 years since Pope John Paul celebrated mass in that cornfield in Iowa? (How’s that for a “Field of Dreams”?) People who were there are still talking about it. Read more here.
Last year, Indianapolis ordained its very first class of deacons. And you can find out how they’re doing right here.
Amazing, indeed. Check out more here.
The story, and pictures, here.
I did a house blessing this morning, and it seemed like an opportune time to offer a blessing for my own new home, too. Take a look.
This weekend, I will start blogging at my new address. You’ll find me at this link. The URL: http://blog.beliefnet.com/deaconsbench/ I expect Beliefnet will forward people automatically, but it might be a good idea to change your bookmarks. So…come by and […]
If you still haven’t seen those stunning pictures of Jesus taken by fashion photographer Michael Belk, here’s a preview, from the interview with him that we did on “Currents” earlier this week.
We periodically hear about athletes and their faith — but here’s a sport that rarely gets mentioned: horse racing. The Tidings in Los Angeles has a look at champion jockey Martin Pedroza, who talks about how prayer has sustained him: […]
“You know, the church is the one who dreams, the church is the one who constantly has the vision, the church is the one that’s constantly saying ‘Yes!’ to everything that life and love and sexuality and marriage and belief […]
That’s the stirring advice of a leading catechist in Washington, who took his message to the Sunshine State last week: At the 14th annual diocesan Faith Formation Day Sept. 19, keynote speaker Msgr. Ray East addressed about 900 catechists on […]
It turns out the man taking over Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat is himself part of a Massachusetts Catholic dynasty, according to Michael Paulson of the Boston Globe: A dispatch from the Boston-is-a-really-small-town department: Paul G. Kirk Jr., who was named […]
A fella by the name of David Dawson dropped me a note with a link a short time ago. He’s the creator of a podcast and website called “The Everyday Catholic.” His latest installment is all about the diaconate. Give […]
The founder of the Knights of Columbus may be inching closer to sainthood: The cause for sainthood of Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, took another step forward this week, with the submission of a supplemental report […]
Up in Boston, a man who once studied for the priesthood is now playing a priest onstage — and the Boston Globe’s Michael Paulson turns a spotlight on this intriguing melodrama: The weary priest, seated on a deep couch with […]
A leading bishop in Wisconsin is voicing his support for a tradition-minded group of priests who are now running a cluster of parishes — and sparking some controversy: At a recent Mass at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, the Rev. John […]
As in Benedict the Pope, who is reportedly headed to England next year: Pope Benedict XVI is to visit Britain in 2010, the BBC has learned. It will be the first papal visit to Britain since 1982, when Pope John […]
I’m movin’ on up. In the next several days, you’ll find “The Deacon’s Bench” at a new address, with a new look. The good people at Beliefnet have invited me over there, to take up the Catholic corner of real […]
Can a group of kids spark a revolution? Hey, you never know. Take a look at the video below that is beginning to make the rounds. It’s possible they just might make virtue go viral. You can find more information […]
On this feast of St. Pio I decided to revisit a homily I delivered earlier this year, when my parish dedicated a special chapel in his name. A snip: One of my favorite stories about him happened during the early […]
The New York Times magazine last weekend offered a long look at how people of various faiths and orthodoxies pray. It was written by a self-professed agnostic, so his point of view is clearly skeptical. But much of the article […]
How would you feel if you saw your parish church listed in the real estate ads? Some parishioners in Cleveland weren’t exactly pleased: The members of St. Stanislaus parish will hold their final Mass this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. But […]
This is pretty terrific. And boy, how many of us need to hear this message now? H/T The Anchoress.
“In this post-journalistic world, the model for all national debate becomes the trial, where adversaries face off, representing opposing points of view. We accept the harshness of this process because the consequences in a courtroom are so stark; trials are […]
The song from “Hello, Dolly” advises the citizens of Yonkers to put on their Sunday clothes. Does anyone still do that? Over at Googling God, Mike Hayes asks an interesting question: what do you wear to mass? A snip: I […]
Trend-watchers might want to take note of this report, from USA TODAY: Americans who don’t identify with any religion are now 15% of the USA, but trends in a new study shows they could one day surpass the nation’s largest […]
Some of you may remember the back-and-forth we had here with the wife of a deacon in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Some readers (including Your Humble Blogger) took issue with the archdiocese’s use of the designation “Deacon Couple.” The […]
Meet one couple with some answers: It was at a barn dance near the small community of Munjor, Kansas in the middle of the Great Depression when Marcellus Ruder asked 17-year-old Marcella Rohr to dance with him. Little did either […]
The celebrated rocker knows his way around the Vatican, and he’s no stranger to papal audiences (see the photo above.) And a report indicates may meet with John Paul’s successor later this year: Bono has been invited to meet with […]
Those of us who loved Robert Zemeckis’ “The Polar Express” can now look forward to another shiny present under our Christmas tree, with his take on “A Christmas Carol,” featuring Jim Carrey as Scrooge. A first look, below.
Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, but I don’t think any could be quite as unusual as this one, melding three different faiths. From the Los Angeles Times: We are on the Greek island of Spetses. It’s 30 hours […]
Just watch this, and see what this here Christianity thing is all about. Camp Barnabas from Steve V on Vimeo.
An enterprising deacon from Arkansas already runs a winery and a bed-and-breakfast. Now he’s building a place to pray. From the Texarkana Gazette: Those who subscribe to the claim that the ring of a bell heralds an angel’s receipt of […]
From Cincinnati, which has seen a little controversy lately, comes this story about some widening cracks within the “one holy Catholic and apostolic” Church Catholics stand together during Sunday Mass to recite the “Profession of Faith,” a creed that defines […]
Further proof that the Church is alive and thriving in the South: word that a new Benedictine monastery is being established in the Lone Star State. From the Dallas Morning News: Here in cow country about 70 miles southeast of […]
I stumbled upon this the other day. It comes from the old BBC series “Not the Nine O’Clock News.” It’s hilarious — but probably not as funny today as it was nearly 30 years ago, when it first aired. Incredibly, […]
Can you feel the love? Below, Your Humble Blogger, yesterday, with a blogger pal, Fran Rossi Szpylczyn. She trekked into Brooklyn (with her buddy Sue) to watch a taping of my show and chow down at nearby Rhythm & Booze. […]
You think it can’t be done? Check out how this family did it: Five years ago, the Hildebrandt family of New Richmond, Wis., was juggling more than $100,000 in credit card and personal debt. Through frugality, determination and hard work, […]
Okay. It has nothing to do with faith or deacons. But this is just too funny to let pass. Enjoy. U.S. Condemned For Pre-Emptive Use Of Hillary Clinton Against Pakistan
Back in the mid-1960s, a Catholic by the name of John T. Elson was the religion editor at Time magazine. You may never have heard of him. But during Easter week of 1966, he made history, and made headlines. Elson […]
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the latest viral video that has captured the world’s heart — it even landed the guy and his daughter on the TODAY show. A Saturday morning day-brightener. Enjoy. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, […]
Here’s something I’ve never heard about: a program run by Catholic Charities designed to help prostitutes get off the street. From CNS: When Aimee was 13 years old, her mother kicked her out of the house. Not knowing what to […]
Another reminder, from the Georgia Bulletin, that priests aren’t that different from the rest of us. They can be geeks, too: Among people costumed as Star Wars storm troopers, bare-chested Spartan warriors and Superman, there stood Father Bryan Small in […]
Okay. After all the confusion over these pictures, here’s the real deal, from my senior yearbook. (Note: I didn’t need to wear glasses until college.) Gregory James Kandra Pallotti High School Laurel, Maryland Class of 1977 </aDeacon Greg Kandra Forest […]
A priest sent this my way: a compelling, poignant video that I think has even deeper resonance this weekend, when we mark Catechetical Sunday. To my way of thinking, we are all catechists, and evangelists — and this video shows […]
The sad part is: I really did look like this. The horror, the horror. Snaps, courtesy Yearbook Yourself, with an embarrassed h/t to Fr. Austin. UPDATE: Um, some readers seem to think these are really pictures of me. Sorry to […]
His question about God’s death startled and shocked the world, and set off a firestorm of controversy. But when John T. Elson died, few people noticed. The New York Times didn’t run this remembrance until 10 days after his passing. […]
Photographer Michael Belk, of the Journeys Project, was interviewed the other day on CNN. (TiVo alert: he’ll be appearing on my show, “Currents”, Monday night.) Take a look. Embedded video from CNN Video
Well here’s a little conversation-starter for you, via New Advent. This comes from a blog run by Dominican Fr. Philip Neri Powell: Here they are: 1). What Father says, “Please, be mindful of your children during Mass. We have a […]
A Vatican official has some interesting thoughts on aliens — not the undocumented kind, but the outer space kind: Father Jose Gabriel Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, said this week there is no opposition between belief in the existence […]
That’s what this fellow says we are, and he makes a very good, and very funny, point. Click and enjoy. H/T Brutally Honest by way of The Anchoress.
When was the last time you saw someone on a top-rated TV show praying before the Blessed Mother? Check out the clip below, from the finale of “America’s Got Talent.”
In news that shouldn’t be all that surprising, given the state of the economy, Catholic Charities is reporting a big jump in the number of people applying for help: Catholic Charities USA and its member agencies have released its 2008 […]
It seems that way. Devotion to St. Joseph is evidently picking up among homeowners (or home sellers). And the New York Times has more: Lord knows it’s rough out there in the housing market. Still, you had to feel bad […]
Hot on the heels of learning of the death of Mary Travers, someone posted a comment, noting that Henry Gibson had also died today. Does it seem like a lot of well-known people are shuffling off this mortal coil? The […]
Somewhere in a battered cardboard box in the back of my closet there is a 45 rpm recording of this classic (and controversial) song that I played over and over and over on a record player in my corner room […]
“So, what are some of the basics of health care reform? Health care reform especially needs to protect those at the beginning of life and at its end — the most vulnerable and the voiceless. It is essential that reform […]
Here’s a nifty new website devoted to vocations called — joyfully — Vocation Boom! And one of their videos is below. Check it out, along with others at the site. H/T Happy Catholic.
The Washington Post the other day posted a lengthy interview with Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Catholic. A pertinent excerpt: MS. ROMANO: You are also a pro-choice Catholic, and I was reading some stories out of […]
I’ve had a hankering for a big fat crab cake for a while, and suddenly this recipe popped up in the New York Times. Get thee behind me, Satan. Of course, when you’re in Maryland and temptation strikes, there’s only […]
A writer and professor of theology from the University of Scranton, Eric Plumer, is looking at the Dan Brown phenomenon, and thinks there is a reason the best-selling author strikes a chord with Catholic readers: Women cannot be official leaders […]
Speaking of vocations… A producer for “Currents” recently visited the last high school prep seminary in America: Cathedral Prep, in the Diocese of Brooklyn. For a brief glimpse inside, take a look.
You’re looking at it. It’s the web, stupid. John Allen has an intriguing interview up with Holy Cross Br. Paul Bednarczyk, executive director of the National Religious Vocations Conference. He finds glimmers of hope on the vocation horizon, and he […]
From the Jesuit University’s press release: CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric will be honored at the Fordham University Club’s Annual Dinner, to be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Washington, D.C. Couric, the recipient of six Emmy Awards and […]
“Deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.Moreover, they should be tested first;then, if there is nothing against them,let them serve as deacons.Women, […]
A priest friend dropped a line to let me know an interesting detail about this feast, Our Lady of Sorrows. It was on this feast (actually September 19, in 1846 when it was a movable feast) that the Blessed Mother […]
Those were words of advice from Tony Blair’s grandmother — words he obviously ignored. And the rest is history. He discusses that and more about his conversion with L’Osservatore Romano. Highlights, from the Guardian, in London: Tony Blair has revealed […]
Just days after posting this item about Brazil’s most popular priest, I found this little nugget, which shows just what the Church is up against down there. Want to know what’s luring a new generation of Brazilians away from the […]
We’re in the middle of rolling out a new ad campaign for “Currents,” the daily Catholic news magazine show that I produce. Above is one of the “bus tails” that’s popping up around the city, featuring our on-air team of […]
“Christ of St. John of the Cross” by Salvador Dali (1951) “The cross is something wonderfully great and honorable. It is great because through the cross the many noble acts of Christ found heir consummation — very many indeed, for […]
Well, here it is. The first cut from Susan Boyle’s debut album, “I Dreamed A Dream.” It’s a cover of the Rolling Stones’ 1971 ballad “Wild Horses.” The good people at Wikipedia inform us that it’s been recorded previously by […]
The former senator is evidently thinking about running for President: Speaking to a room full of prominent US Catholic leaders Friday night, Senator Rick Santorum was challenged to run for the Republican Presidential nomination. Responding to a room already thick […]
Light the candles: the Catholic online dating service Catholic Match is marking its 10-year anniversary. Rhode Island Catholic takes a look at the impact of this internet phenomenon: Brian Barcaro, co-founder of Catholic Match.com, could be considered partly responsible for […]
The AP has been doing a little digging into clerical sex abuse in one of the world’s most staunchly Catholic countries, and came up with some numbers: For decades, a culture of silence has surrounded priest abuse in Italy, where […]
Young mother to the deacon: “My mother told me you can’t bring a baby to Mass until it’s been baptized. Is that true??”
The photos below are from the stunning Journeys Project, which I mentioned yesterday. You can click on the image for a larger view. But visit the link and see the whole gallery. You’ll find yourself moved, uplifted, startled and challenged.
One of the often-unreported stumbling blocks to a religious vocation isn’t spiritual. It’s financial. And this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times looks at this problem, and those who are trying to help: Alicia Torres must raise $94,000 in order to take […]
Homily for September 13, 2009 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Tuesday September 15th marks the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which my parish celebrates as the parish feast day for Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. In years past, […]
These pictures are provocative in all the right ways. (Check out Jesus with the Nazi!). As the article explains: A veteran fashion photographer who is used to having his works featured in Vogue, GQ and Elle, will release his most […]
How’s this for a Rocky Mountain high: In tribute to the late, great Larry Gelbart, I offer this classic moment from “Oh, God!,” wherein store manager John Denver meets the Almighty, played by George Burns.
The most famous priest in Brazil is Padre Marcelo Rossi — and John Allen had a chance to experience one of his Masses. It sounds incredible: In some ways the Mass was like an emotional roller coaster ride, repeatedly building […]
“Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the legs that go first; it’s remembering the word for legs.” — The brilliant comedy writer Larry Gelbart,who gave the world “Tootsie,” “Oh, God,” and the TV series “M*A*S*H.”He died yesterday at 81.
A priest at the heart of the clergy abuse scandal that rocked the American Church is back in court, challenging a key part of the case that convicted him: Paul R. Shanley was convicted in 2005 of raping and assaulting […]
…something good, courtesy Rod Dreher, who remembers poignant acts of kindness in the days following 9/11: I remember going to a fire station in Brooklyn Heights, not far from where we lived at the time, to pay our respects to […]
“On this day, we pray that the hearts of those who wish us evil may be converted — and we hope to have the power and the will to forgive them…. On this day, we remember the survivors, those who […]
From an alert reader. This is a problem Jesus never had to worry about. Enjoy.
The celebrated author Dominick Dunne was buried this afternoon following a funeral mass that makes Ted Kennedy’s seem downright conservative: Chronicler of the rich and powerful Dominick Dunne was eulogized as a great father, gossip and faithful friend at a […]
This is a terrific primer on church communications that every parish, and every diocese (and every papacy) should study, courtesy Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno, from Brazil. John Allen has the scoop: 1. Overcome the idea that the means of communications are […]
I don’t imagine you’ll find many toga parties at this fraternity — but you may find something else: Phi Kappa Theta, a Catholic fraternity that opened a chapter at the University of Nebraska in 2005, is working to become a […]
While I was scanning this story about the Nashville Dominicans, this graph jumped out at me: There are 23 postulants this year at the Motherhouse of Nashville’s Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. It’s the largest group of new nuns in […]
The deacon whose miraculous cure is leading to the beatification of John Henry Newman is about to make the most meaningful pilgrimage of his life, to Newman’s home and grave in England: Deacon Jack Sullivan of Massachusetts and his wife […]
One of the nicest guys around is departing. Friend and blogging colleague Mike Hayes — he, of the Googling God franchise and the Busted Halo online magazine — dropped this little bombshell this morning: It is with mixed emotions that […]
The Armed Forces are more diverse than ever — and that includes a diversity of religious beliefs and practices. For evidence, look no further than this item from USA TODAY: When Thomas Dyer heads to Afghanistan in December, the former […]
This very fine essay by Joseph Michalak in the Catholic Spirit (the Archdiocesan paper of St. Paul/Minneapolis) offers a thoughtful and inspiring look at what it means to be a deacon: Whenever I tell people I work in the Office […]
You never know what you’ll see on the back of a New York City bus. This is the new ad for my TV show, “Currents” on NET (New Evangelization Television). It says: “Lost in traffic? Follow us.”
This has to make you smile. H/T The A.
On the feast of Mary’s birth — which the apparition in Medjugorje claims actually occurred in August, not September — a writer at First Things offers his thoughts: At Medjugorje, for almost thirty years, many have seen a demonstration of […]
The people behind that catch-phrase are involved in a pro-life credit card. Really. H/T The Papist.
“The Birth of the Virgin Mary” by Esteban Murillo (Louvre, Paris) Father of mercy, give your people help and strength from heaven. The birth of the Virgin Mary’s Son was the dawn of our salvation. May this celebration of her […]
How’s this for a high tech church?: A Catholic church is allowing worshippers to light candles in memory of their loved ones over the internet as it seeks to reach out to a broader community. The church of Santa Maria […]
I finally went to see the Quentin Tarantino opus “Inglourious Basterds” today. I liked it. I didn’t love it, the way I loved “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill,” but it had some typically Tarantinovian touches: cool music, crazy camera work, […]
A lot of Catholic schools are facing budgetary challenges, with lower enrollment and higher operational costs. But a school in upstate New York is becoming the first in the state to try something radical: a four-day school week. From the […]
That classic question was one of many highlights from this historic 1976 Labor Day reunion of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, after a long and much-publicized and gossiped-about breakup. I remember seeing this when it happened, back in the day […]
Every time I see this picture, of Karol Wojtyla, I’m struck by the family resemblance. My father looked like that. And his father before him — a man who worked in the coal mines of Pennsylvania along with countless other […]
A reader saw this post on cell phones and sent this my way: one Protestant congregation’s witty way of dealing with an all-too-common problem.
Parishes have been registering people the same way since, well, forever. But the people over at Aggie Catholic have stumbled on a 21st century solution to a 1st century problem: how to keep track of everyone. Take a look: As […]
What happens when the son of one deacon meets the daughter of another deacon? Florida Catholic has the story: When Michael Fresneda arrived with his family to discuss the diaconate with Deacon Lazaro J. Ulloa at the Ulloa residence six […]
And in a big way. A lot of you have seen the great ads produced by a group called Catholics Come Home. The ads, evidently, are working. And spreading. From the Los Angeles Times: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento […]
Play this video, and close your eyes. In a few seconds, you’ll want to check and make sure you didn’t leave a window open. Prepare to get drenched — in imagination and a little bit of genius. You just have […]
A priest in Allentown, Pennsylvania sent this to me, and it’s just swell: Allentown’s new Bishop, John Barres, offering a little play-by-play at a recent baseball game. (Meantime, I gotta say that I’m delighted to discover that the Diocese of […]
Here’s something pretty great, sent in by a reader:
The image below is not a photograph. It’s a painting. Yes. That’s right. A painting. Same with this picture, too: Amazed? I know I am. Is it art? Well, it’s definitely…something. Read more about it and see other examples right […]
Like many dioceses today, Detroit is feeling the pinch of hard times — and the squeeze is now affecting huge numbers of archdiocesan staff. About a third of those on the payroll are being given their walking papers: It will […]
How’s this for a dying art: a glimpse at the exotic and often-misunderstood world of bell ringing: Twelve people stood in a circle in a tower high above Wall Street. Eyes flitted from side to side, watching, concentrating, as arms […]
Is the blogosphere big enough for two of these?
I imagine if Jesus were to perform a miracle today like the one in this gospel, the first public reaction would probably be: “Eeeewwwwwww.” He spit and touched a stranger’s mouth? He stuck his fingers into his ears? Isn’t he […]
Few love stories could be as joyous and poignant as this one, about a couple who discovered love, despite physical limitations: It was always among the first things Dan Powell wrote in e-mails to prospective dates — that he was […]
An alert reader sent this my way: a thoughtful take on the Kennedy funeral — and on God’s mercy — from Bishop Robert C. Morlino, of Madison, Wisconsin: I’m afraid that for not a few Catholics, the funeral rites for […]
One of the most controversial Catholic supporters of Barack Obama was officially sworn in as an ambassador this week, and U.S. News & World Report’s Dan Gilgoff has the scroop: Imagine a Washington event that opens with Martin Sheen—aka The […]
Another sign that an era has ended — at least, in Pittsburgh: The 39-room mansion in Squirrel Hill near the Shadyside border that housed Pittsburgh’s Catholic bishops for six decades has been sold to an undisclosed private trust for more […]
That would be the 10 Anglican nuns and their chaplain, who were just received into the Catholic Church and confirmed by Baltimore’s Archbishop. From the Baltimore Sun: In a move that religious scholars say is unprecedented, 10 of the 12 […]
The pope had some warm words recently for a TV film about one of his favorite saints: Pope Benedict XVI praised a made-for-television movie dedicated to St. Augustine, saying the two-part miniseries “represents every aspect of the human life experience […]
Have you sent out your St. Gregory the Great cards this year? (Me, I’m waiting for tomorrow and the big day-after sales at Macy’s…) But to put everyone in the mood, here’s a little Gregorian chant, below. Enjoy.
“I urge you to join the bishops in advocating for health care reform that is truly universal and protects human life at every stage of development. We must remain resolute in urging the federal government to continue its essential and […]
This Sunday’s gospel focuses on Jesus’ healing of a deaf man — and Catholic News Service has just posted a wonderful companion piece about ministering to the deaf: The silence of the hallways is only interrupted by intermittent laughter and […]
Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has just posted on his blog a statement, explaining and defending his role in the Kennedy funeral last weekend: Saturday was the 39th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood, at St. Augustine’s Church in Pittsburgh […]
Um, yes. From CNS: A prayer for couples to recite “before making love” has been included in a new British book of prayers for married couples. The 64-page “Prayer Book for Spouses” contains prayers for every station of family and […]
Washington’s Archbishop Donald Wuerl has now added his voice to the chorus opposing gay marriage. From the Washington Post: Wuerl sent a letter to 300 local Catholic priests Tuesday reminding them about the Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage, and he […]
New York’s Archbishop found himself far from the Big Apple recently, but had some valuable thoughts on the subject of vocations — ideas that go beyond boundaries. From Tim Drake at the National Catholic Register: Over the weekend, 530 Serra […]
A few people are starting to think so. And that, at least, is the assessment of this commentary over at Catholic Culture: No intelligent observer can credit the official explanation: that Bishop Martino retired because of health problems. The outgoing […]
Some people might start to wonder. One company based in California (where else?) is taking the notion of designer babies to the extreme: Want your baby to look like Prince William? Easy. Michael Phelps? Done. A California fertility company whose […]
Here’s a fitting touchstone — or cornerstone? — for the Year for Priests: The Archdiocese of Havana announced this week that it will open a new seminary in 2010, the first such building project the Church has undertaken in Cuba […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
What? No deacons?
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
Right here, of course.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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), […]
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. […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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):
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
From the always-amusing Jeanne Moos at CNN… Embedded video from CNN Video
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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