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They did it — and here’s the proof

posted by jmcgee

I asked, you answered. A sharp-eyed reader responded to my bleg for a snapshot of the Archdiocese of New York’s new deacons. Here it is, below. “Not the best picture,” my e-mailer confessed, “but it shows everyone.”  Thank you!

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Words to live by

posted by jmcgee

“All things are possible in the world where poor Jewish carpenters rise from the dead!” — My friend the God Googler, Mike Hayes, in an e-mail to me. I needed to hear that today.  Thanks, MIke.

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In the mail: the sound of silence

posted by jmcgee

A longtime reader writes: The time in the ‘comment cloister’ has been a journey. It has caused me to consider my own quick-to-judge tendencies. Following the way I tend to see so many things – neither all good or all […]

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A deacon’s proposal for public penance — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

A deacon in Alaska sent me the letter below and, with his permission, I’m printing it here in full. I’d like to hear what readers, especially deacons and priests, think of this proposal for public penance: As I know you […]

A reader writes: “This is why I hesitate to convert…”

posted by jmcgee

A comment at this thread, I think, deserves a wider airing.   (I’m closing off comments here, because I think this speaks for itself.) A reader writes: Just reading this comment thread makes me feel ill to my stomach. I was […]

One reader’s words of wisdom

posted by jmcgee

Well, yes, he has a point: With the Olympic games closing this Sunday evening, how about a well-deserved tip of the hat to all of the Olympic officials because, after all, they are the souls which time men’s tries. Kindly […]

From the e-mailbag: “Liturgical comfort food”

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 the e-mailbag: “Deacon, you are walking a dangerous path”

posted by deacon greg kandra

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, […]

From the e-mailbag: enough with Kennedy, already

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

From the e-mailbag: why is the state meddling in marriage anyway?

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

What on earth is happening to television news?

posted by deacon greg kandra

I have to wonder, especially after getting this e-mail from a former CBS News colleague who can’t quite believe his eyes, or ears. He caught the CBS Evening News last night, to see what they had to say about the […]

From the e-mailbag: a deacon’s wife writes

posted by deacon greg kandra

As you can imagine, there’s lots of mail stacked up here at The Bench from the last two weeks. This note comes from the wife of a newly ordained deacon in Los Angeles, and she takes exception to my posting […]

From the e-mailbag: what priests really think of deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

I got an e-mail this afternoon from a deacon who appreciated some of my thoughts here, in the current issue of America. Then he added this: Just before I was ordained in 2002 I asked one of our professors, a […]

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Big day in the Big Easy: 10 new deacons
Deacon Mike Talbot has the scoop: 10 men today were ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This group of men was formally selected on the day the evacuation of New Orleans began as Hurricane Katrina approached. The ...

posted 6:55:42pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Gaudete! And let's break out a carol or two...
"Gesu Bambino," anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy. ...

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