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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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, …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More