Update: no collars for deacons in Brooklyn

Returning now to a favorite topic of debate on The Bench: deacons wearing the collar. I sit on the diaconal council for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and during our most recent meeting last week the subject was once again broached.  Some men were wondering about wearing the collar while engaging in some ministries — notably [Read More...]

Meet the nun who calls herself “the hostess of the protest”

While Chicago contends with anti-NATO protests, one person at the forefront of the activity is a woman with a lot of experience at this sort of thing. She happens to be a Catholic nun.  Details: If you watched Sister Kathleen Desautels on Sunday morning near downtown’s Petrillo Music Shell, you could tell she’s been here before. [Read More...]

A question about preaching: What’s so funny?

Sunday, my pastor and I were sitting in the sacristy, listening to a visiting priest preaching on the 7th Sunday of Easter.  Evidently, he was keeping the congregation in stitches. This priest was a goldmine of winsome stories and wry observations — a few of his jokes were threadbare, and I’d heard them before, but [Read More...]

Top Boston College grad joining the Jesuits

A great vocation story from the Boston Globe: Dan Kennedy will graduate from Boston College on Monday, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and the recipient of the school’s most prestigious prize, the Edward H. Finnegan Award. Winners of the Finnegan, given to the student who best exemplifies the BC motto, “ever to excel,’’ tend [Read More...]

“The Quest”: a glimpse at priestly formation, from 1973

Buried in the bowels of YouTube, somebody uncovered this gem.  While it may be of particular interest to folks in the Diocese of Brooklyn, it’s also a fascinating sort of time capsule that shows life in a college seminary in the 1970s.  (Look beyond the platform shoes and sideburns and you’ll hear a lot of [Read More...]

The Living Rosary

How did you spend Sunday afternoon?  At my parish, we did this: It’s the “Living Rosary,” an unusual devotion that we practice twice a year — during Mary’s month of May, and during the rosary’s month, October. The pray the rosary in the front plaza of our church, one person representing one bead, singing verses [Read More...]

“Up for grabs”: a Democratic strategist on how to win the Catholic vote

Here’s another take on this election from Jim Arkedis of the Progressive Policy Institute.  It offers a window into how Democrats  are thinking about Catholics: Catholics are up for grabs this year. A Gallup poll from April has President Obama and Mitt Romney tied among Catholics, 46 percent each. At nearly 20 percent of the population, [Read More...]

From SNL: So long, farewell to Kristin Wiig

Further proof that, even after a lot of lousy years when the humor was forced and the laughs were few and the cast was forgettable, SNL can still discover glimmers of gold. A consistent jewel of late: Kristin Wiig. Host Mick Jagger et al bid her farewell Saturday night. It was a nice sendoff. (And [Read More...]

Brain freeze: artist turns communion wine into popsicles

I confess: it took every ounce of fortitude I could muster to refrain from using the word “pope-sicle” in the headline. From Joanne at Egregious Twaddle: Bad enough I’m always torn between explaining to my artist friends that being a faithful Catholic is not drinking the Kool-Aid and explaining to my faithful Catholic friends that [Read More...]

You have never heard “Taps” played like this

Hundreds gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 150th anniversary of the familiar piece of music. Watch and listen. You can read more about it here. [Read more...]


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