The Deacon's Bench
November 2007 Archives

It’s that time of year again, and as you get ready to send out your Christmas cards, CNS has helpfully written a nifty history of the Christmas stamp: The series actually got its start in 1966, four years after the […]

One of my favorite places to visit and pray has been the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, in Conyers, Georgia — the Trappist house that was once home to Thomas Merton’s censor, and Flannery O’Connor’s peacocks. Alert readers will note […]

Anyone curious about how God wound up on our currency should check out this intriguing nugget in today’s Wall Street Journal, which explains everything. It began with a letter sent to Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase by a Rev. Watkinson: […]

I confess a certain affection for Mike Huckabee — from his name to his unassuming Gomer Pyle-ish demeanor to his clear-headed values and Mark Twain-ish wit. So I was especially intrigued by this item in the Washington Post’s On Faith […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

A couple months ago, I posted an item on helping fathers who had been through abortions. Now, the first national conference on this issue is underway in California: The Reclaiming Fatherhood Conference, co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the […]

A leading Christian in Iraq is speaking out about conditions there — and, not surprisingly, the picture he paints is grim: An Anglican clergyman in Baghdad, who has seen his flock murdered and forced into exile by Muslim extremists, says […]

One of the Church’s most admired and beloved preachers has a new book coming out, nearly 30 years after his death: Basilica Press has announced the first new book by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in over 25 years. The book, […]