The Deacon's Bench
April 2009 Archives

It was only a matter of time before someone commissioned a poll on the Obama/Notre Dame controversy — and now the good people at Pew have done it. Take a look: Most Catholics who have heard about the issue support …Read More

Stranger things have happened. But reports from Italy say the man who attempted to assassinate the pope has converted to Catholicism. From the website CathNews: In a letter written from a Turkish prison, Mehmet Ali Agca, author of the failed …Read More

Notre Dame evidently has elected not to give a Laetere Medal this year, after honoree Mary Ann Glendon backed out. But someone will be making some remarks. Thomas Peters has the scoop: Judge John T. Noonan Jr., the 1984 recipient …Read More

They say that money talks — but some information coming from a group of unhappy Notre Dame alumni suggests that it also shouts. From U.S. News & World Report: The effort of some Notre Dame alumni to discourage donors from …Read More

The flu that is running rampant around the world is forcing some churches in the Lone Star State to take extra precautions: Addressing liturgical matters amid concerns of a swine flu outbreak, Bishop of Dallas Kevin J. Farrell has advised …Read More

That’s the headline at L’Osservatore Romano, assessing the first hundred days of the new U.S. president. CNS has a snip: The Vatican newspaper said President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office have not confirmed the Catholic Church’s worst fears …Read More

The esteemed writer and theologian was our guest on “In the Arena” this past weekend, and he had some interesting things to say about Obama, abortion, and Catholics in America. He’s joined by Elizabeth Scalia (“The Anchoress”) and Grant Gallicho, …Read More

Not quite sure where this comes from (Mexico?) but it was prominently featured on Drudge this morning.

With John Henry Newman now headed toward sainthood, attention is being focused on the man who was miraculously healed by Newman’s intercession. He is a permanent deacon from Massachusetts. And the Boston Globe caught up with him: Lying in a …Read More

Reports from Rome indicate that he mysterious Shroud of Turin will go on display for the first time in a decade. From CNS: The Italian Archdiocese of Turin has announced that the Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the …Read More