The Deacon's Bench
October 2009 Archives

“This new generation seems ideally positioned to address the lamentable tendency in American Catholic life to drive a wedge between the church’s pro-life message and its peace-and-justice commitments. More generally, they can help us find the sane middle between two …Read More

So says Vatican Radio, denying previous reports that the problem was all about the celibacy issue: “There has been widespread speculation, based on supposedly knowledgeable remarks by an Italian correspondent Andrea Tornielli, that the delay in publication of the Apostolic …Read More

Grace Slick — “White Rabbit,” “Somebody to Love,” etc. — just turned 70.  “I grow old. I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled…”   Sigh. 

[This weekend, I’m preaching a special children’s liturgy, which will include a belated commemoration of World Priest Day.  So for those looking for an All Saints homily, I’ve decided to dip into the vault: this is a re-post from my …Read More

It’s not unusual for men who are called to police work to feel a similar call to serve others as deacons. Case in point, from Oregon: It was 10 years ago that Martin Larner drove his police motorcycle past St. …Read More

An alert reader found this nugget buried among the many propositions that resulted from the just-finished Synod of Bishops of Africa: Permanent Deacons  This Synod has identified the service of Reconciliation justice and peace as the urgent face and form …Read More

Finally, one ministry where the idea of a clown mass is not as far-fetched as it sounds:  A circus ministry team, which includes a Boston priest, is charged with bringing the word of God to circus performers, people who are constantly …Read More

This is a little out-of-the ordinary: the story of a couple who lived together before getting married, but had a change of heart.   The Denver Catholic Register interviewed them: Western Slope parishioners Mike and Toni (not their real names) have …Read More

As we near the end of Respect Life month, this story jumps out as especially timely: My son is not a hugger. He’s almost 2 years old, and I can count on one hand the times he’s squeezed his chubby …Read More

Here’s a curious tidbit from Maryland, about an Episcopal bishop who wants to remind people that the conversion door swings both ways: Lost in talk of the splintering of the Anglican Communion, Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton says, is the appeal …Read More