Advertisement

The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench

The Pope And Bishops Archives

Turning back the clock? Or just turning back?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Following custom, Pope Benedict performed several baptisms today. But he broke with recent custom in at least one significant way, according to this report: Pope Benedict XVI baptized 13 babies in the Sistine Chapel during a Sunday Mass celebrated at […]

Advertisement

Here comes the pontiff

posted by deacon greg kandra

Details are trickling out about the papal trip to America this spring — and the Washington Post has some intriguing behind-the-scenes nuggets about his visit to the nation’s capital: Which position will the pope take up at Nationals Park? Second […]

Advertisement

Here comes the sun

posted by deacon greg kandra

There’s been a lot of buzz about our eco-friendly pope, and now the Vatican is poised to make a little bit of history with solar power: A German solar company has given Pope Benedict XVI something special for Christmas: an […]

Advertisement

If I had a hammer…

posted by deacon greg kandra

…I’d fit right in at the Vatican’s nativity scene. A couple weeks ago, I posted an item about the nativity scene going up in St. Peter’s Square, and noted that it would be very different, because it would be set […]

Official logo for papal trip unveiled

posted by deacon greg kandra

You can expect to see a lot of the image above in the next few months. It’s the official logo for the pope’s trip to the United States next spring. For more details, read this press release from the USCCB.

A pause for Pius

posted by deacon greg kandra

According to press reports, our German-born pope may be having second thoughts about sainthood for the pontiff who ruled during the Second World War: Moves to make wartime Pope Pius XII a saint have been delayed because Pope Benedict wants […]

Bishop Vasa: “I have a bias for action”

posted by deacon greg kandra

There are a lot of bishops floating around this country, and every now and then I stumble across one I haven’t heard of before: someone who is quietly but diligently tending his flock, in a far-flung corner that doesn’t get […]

Meanwhile, back at the carpentry shop…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

We’re accustomed to seeing Nativity scenes in stables and caves; sometimes, the scenes even unfold under the open sky. But the one going up at the Vatican this week sounds altogether different — and very fitting, actually, coming from a […]

When in Rome: Marini writes about “The Challenging Reform”

posted by deacon greg kandra

We’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about the “reform of the reform” — and now a leading liturgist at the Vatican has said, “Be careful about that”: In a new book, a Vatican archbishop has chronicled the birth […]

“Adopt-A-Priest” for Eucharistic adoration and vocations

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Vatican is poised to make a big push for Eucharistic adoration — and John Allen has the very creative details: As part of a broad initiative to promote Eucharistic adoration, the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy is proposing that religious […]

Advent and Hanukkah: sharing the light

posted by deacon greg kandra

‘Tis the season for light. And both Jews and Christians have made the lighting of candles this time of year a celebration of God’s continued love for the world He created. In Wisconsin this week, there was a stirring reminder […]

Why Andrew?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

As I start to dig through the pope’s encyclical, I’ve been wondering: why Andrew? Why did the pope decide to issue this particular letter on this particular feast? John Allen speculates that it may be St. Andrew’s connection to the […]

The thing with feathers

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The ink is still damp, but here’s Pope Benedict’s new encyclical, Saved By Hope. John Allen’s report is right here. Snip: We need the greater and lesser hopes that keep us going day by day,” Benedict writes in Spe Salvi, […]

Want to see the pope in person? Start praying.

posted by deacon greg kandra

Anyone eager to get a peek at the pope when he visits the U.S. next spring will probably need divine intervention, according to CNS: Pretty much the only chances the general public will have will be at Masses at the […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by deacon greg kandra

A now-legendary photograph of Philadelphia’s John Cardinal Krol, ca. 1975, taken by now-Cardinal (then priest and editor) John Foley. Read all about it right here. Photo: Catholic News Service

Aboriginal artist will provide designs for World Youth Day

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some news from the other side of the world: Australia has chosen a native son to provide some of the important artwork that will be on display for World Youth Day 2008: The work of Richard Campbell, an Australian from […]

Greeley: “I wonder if it’s proper to impose our view on a society that doesn’t agree with us”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Andrew Greeley has weighed in on the bishops’ document on “Faithful Citizenship” and, as always, he has some provocative points: If we are to believe the media, the Catholic bishops warned American Catholics that if they voted for a candidate […]

And, of course, they like his chutzpah, too

posted by deacon greg kandra

What do New Yorkers think of the pope? Take a gander at these poll results: Nearly one-quarter of New York City voters have an unfavorable opinion of Pope Benedict XVI and a similar proportion do not approve of the way […]

Foley’s red hat: “A long-overdue triumph for the nice guys”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Of all the write-ups about the consistory this past weekend, this one by NCR’s John Allen may be the sweetest and most sincere, as he sums up the new cardinal, John Foley. One snip: Each year the North American College […]

Democrats react to Cardinal O’Malley with silence

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The Boston Globe went searching for some reaction, anything, to Cardinal O’Malley’s slap the other day at pro-abortion Democrats. They didn’t find much. The silence, perhaps, was telling: In 1935, Governor James Michael Curley was pushing hard for a bill […]

Payback?

posted by deacon greg kandra

A high-profile member of the USCCB was running for a committee office this week — and lost. And now some are wondering if there was a message in that, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: This week, St. Louis Archbishop […]

O’Malley says Democrats “border on scandal”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Boston’s Cardinal Archbishop isn’t mincing words. The other day, he drew a sharp line in the sand on the issue of Democratic candidates for public office, and abortion: Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, saying the Democratic Party has been […]

McCarrick to priests: “The best thing you can do is smile a lot”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Washington’s retired Archbishop, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, dropped by my neck of the woods recently (okay, Long Island) and spoke some sage words to the local priests. This, from Long Island Catholic: Showing the people good and happy priests is the […]

Meet the vice president

posted by deacon greg kandra

While most of the press attention has been focused on the election of Cardinal George to head the USCCB, the new vice president has gone largely overlooked. A Chicago newspaper corrects that oversight. It turns out he has a history […]

And the winner is…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

To the delight of about half the human race, Paul Potts won that TV competition in Britain over the weekend. He now gets to sing for the Queen. Who, undoubtedly, has already watched his original performance again and again on […]

George: “This is not about the safety of children; it’s about money”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The man who is pegged to soon head the USCCB is coming under increasing fire for his handling of sex abuse cases in Chicago — and a just-published piece of correspondence is adding ammunition: Cardinal Francis George and one of […]

The bishops on Iraq: “unacceptable and unsustainable”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The bishops meeting in Baltimore wasted no time getting down to work. Catholic News Service reports on one significant document already in the mix: a draft statement on the war in Iraq: Citing an alarming political and partisan stalemate in […]

Here comes the pontiff

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

From Baltimore, there’s first official word of the pope’s trip to the States next spring — just in time for the Washington cherry blossoms, it turns out: Pope Benedict XVI will visit the U.S. in April, according to Archbishop Pietro […]

Preparing for President George

posted by deacon greg kandra

Chicago’s Cardinal Archbishop is poised to be elected head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — and the hometown paper is taking a look at what that means: When the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops gather this week in […]

“God said: look at Father Seán. He’s too happy. Let’s make him a Bishop.”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This is too good to pass up: remarks by Cardinal Sean O’Malley last month in Venice, to an international gathering of Capuchins. A good long snippet has already been posted by Rocco, but go and read the rest. The man’s […]

Lay Catholics release statement on “divisively partisan” politics

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

With the political season heating up, and the U.S. bishops planning to meet next week, some American Catholics are clearing their throats and asking for “civility”: A bipartisan group of American Catholics has issued a call for “civility in political […]

“I frankly do not understand this rebellion towards the Pope”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A key Vatican official had some harsh words for those priests and bishops who aren’t exactly jumping for joy over the Motu Proprio. The Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige spoke to Bruno Volpe for […]

Benedict on Beethoven

posted by deacon greg kandra

Our music-loving spiritual maestro, Pope Benedict, offered this weekend a few thoughts on that other maestro, Beethoven, particularly his venerable Ninth Symphony: After listening to a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony,” Pope Benedict XVI called the work a […]

Boston’s original red socks

posted by deacon greg kandra

Boston’s Blogging Eminence, who weekly sheds light on what it’s like being the Cardinal Archbishop of Beantown, posted the photo below to his blog, to indicate which team he was rooting for in the World Series (as if we didn’t […]

The bishops and the ’08 election

posted by deacon greg kandra

Another election year is coming, and you know what that means. Yes, that’s right: another document from America’s bishops. After the communion controversy of 2004, will we have another “wafer watch” in 2008? The New York Times’ Peter Steinfels ponders […]

How cardinals are hatched

posted by deacon greg kandra

Gallons and gallons of ink have been spilled over how and why the new batch of cardinals was selected. But CNS has one of the most sensible evaluations yet: The tributes to Cardinal-designate Daniel N. DiNardo have been effusive since […]

“If God chose me to be a bishop…”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Over at Renew America, Matt Abbott has posted a provocative essay from a parish priest in Texas by the name of Fr. James Farfaglia. I’ll just re-post the first half, and you can jump to the link for the rest. […]

The pope makes a statement. 23 statements, actually.

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The perspicacious John Allen at the National Catholic Reporter has perhaps the best analysis of the pope’s picks for the new cardinals: Whenever a pope names new members to the church’s most exclusive club, he inevitably makes a statement – […]

The thing with feathers

posted by deacon greg kandra

That is how Emily Dickinson famously described hope. I doubt Pope Benedict will take that tack when he releases his next encyclical which, according to news from the Vatican, is on that very subject: Pope Benedict XVI has completed his […]

Previous Posts

This blog is no longer active
This blog is no longer being actively updated. Please feel free to browse the archives or: Read our most popular inspiration blog See our most popular inspirational video Take our most popular quiz ...

posted 10:42:40pm Dec. 12, 2010 | read full post »

One day more
A reminder: "The Deacon's Bench" is closed! Please enjoy the archives! ...

posted 11:26:20pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Meet Montana's married priest
Earlier this week, I posted an item about Montana getting its first married priest. Now a local TV station has hopped on the bandwagon. Take a look, below. ...

posted 10:29:55pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

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. ...

posted 1:04:10pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.