The Deacon's Bench
January 2008 Archives

I got a letter today from my friend, the Trappist priest and writer James Stephen Behrens (known to his pals as “Jeff.”) He enclosed with it, as he does with many letters, a short reflection. In this one, he wrote […]

From the AP: VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Rev. Marcial Maciel, a Mexican priest who founded the Legionaries of Christ religious order and was disciplined by Pope Benedict XVI after sex abuse allegations, has died in the United States, his […]

Wonder why more people don’t go to church? A new survey, reported in the National Catholic Reporter, from the Religion News Service, finds some answers: Almost three-quarters of Americans who haven’t darkened the door of a church in the last […]

I’ve been told it’s a lost cause, but American Papist has a few ideas. Check ’em out. And good luck. I know the Diocese of Brooklyn has been given a grand total of three (3) tickets per parish. My parish […]

Some rumors just won’t die. One of the most persistent ones floating around the blogosphere, and even in the mainstream press, is that a leading candidate for president is a Muslim. Details here from Busted Halo: Deb Geissler of Tuscaloosa, […]

Looking for a room for the Super Bowl? No problem. Really. There is a little heavenly help available, according to this item in the New York Daily News: Nuns at a Phoenix monastery are renting out 10 of their rooms […]

While doing a little search for more memorable Super Bowl moments, or at least some cool ads, I stumbled upon the one below. I didn’t see it when it first aired in 2002. But it is a stunner. Audacious, and […]

A reader in South Carolina sent this column along with a note: “This guy sounds like a great priest.” He sure does: There are people who stand by you. People who inspire you. People you imagine will always be there […]

Here’s an idea whose time has come: improv comedy for Catholics! No joke. And just in time for Lent, too! From the Catholic Herald: Perhaps there is no parish fund-raiser Catholics appreciate more than the Friday fish fry. For something […]

Here’s a story that hasn’t been reported very much: Barack Obama’s mentor, who converted to Catholicism. Busted Halo has the scoop: In the early 1980s, when Jerry Kellman interviewed a young, idealistic Ivy League graduate for a $10,000 a year […]