The Deacon's Bench
People in the Pews Archives

Good question, and it’s something every deacon should ponder.  But Deacon Bill Ditewig has an anecdote that speaks volumes: One day, as I was leaving the building, I encountered one of our bishops waiting for a taxi. He had been …Read More

Try fasting, says one British bishop.  From the Guardian: The Right Rev Kieran Conry, of Arundel and Brighton, said the traditional Friday Fast Day was a “source of pride” and something that marked Catholics out as different. In his pastoral …Read More

How is this for a testament of faith? From UPI: A California priest accused of sex crimes against a 12-year-old boy has been freed on bail with money raised by parishioners who say they believe he’s innocent. The Rev. Alejandro …Read More

The baseball world is mourning the passing of legendary manager Sparky Anderson, who died today at age 76. But as much as his heart belonged to baseball, it also belonged to his Catholic faith, which he embraced as an adult: …Read More

Ouch. It happened in Connecticut, at a men’s conference that attracted hundreds of the faithful: The bright, sunny Saturday, Oct. 23, was a perfect day for men to tackle important projects: rake leaves, clean rain gutters, install storm windows, deepen …Read More

So sang the thousands of young people who gathered last weekend at Six Flags Over Texas for the Lone Star State’s World Youth Day. You can get a taste of what they experienced by visiting this link and watching a …Read More

There are some pretty compelling conclusions here — and I’m sure there will be a lot of debate about what it all means. Details: Public outcry about the sex-abuse crisis, disdain for arrogant bishops and disagreement with church doctrine about …Read More

Not only that, but it’s named for a beloved pope. From AFP: The beer is cheap, the waiters are talkative and the music is 1960s Motown — but the new pub that opened its doors this week in a historic …Read More

I got an email from a reader and blogger, D. Scott Miller, alerting me to this post of his. He’s involved with youth ministry, and in the course of his blogging, referenced a blog post of my own, about the …Read More

That seems to be what happened, according to this account: A Virginia Beach TV weatherman has been fired — and the reasons management gave him were all related to his after-hours ministry. Jon Cash, a 21-year employee of WAVY-TV, appeared …Read More