Whatcha readin'?

Well, put it down and pick up something over at the Patheos Book Club! Elizabeth Scalia offers an introduction to what’s new this month: From today until October 15, the Patheos Book Club will be taking in-depth looks at three books, Father Robert Barron’s Catholicism: a Journey to the Heart of the Faith, Brandon Vogt’s [Read More...]

"I don't want to hear myself cry…"

That’s what 29-year-old Sloan Churman says on the stunning video below, wherein this young woman born deaf hears for the first time with a hearing implant. Break out the Kleenex.  You will hear her cry.  And yourself, too. [Read more...]

Respect life: the Church's evolving views on capital punishment

While the Catholic Church has does not forbid the death penalty under all circumstances, it has voiced strong and growing opposition to the practice, as Catholic News Service reports: Because the church has only in the past few decades begun closing the window — if not shutting it completely — on the permissibility of the [Read More...]

Homily for October 2, 2011: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] Since this is Respect Life Sunday, and the beginning of Respect Life month, I wanted to talk about one woman who did respect life – and her choice has made a difference in the life of virtually every person in this church. Her name is Joanne Schiebel.  In 1954, she was [Read More...]

Clarification from Bishop Zurek on Fr. Pavone

On the Amarillo Diocese website: UPDATE: Canon lawyer Ed Peters has some analysis. UPDATE II: Comments closed. When you reach a point where people are beginning to compare Fr. Pavone’s situation to Jesus headed to Calvary, things are seriously off the rails. [Read more...]

"His life was a living testament…"

“His life was a living testament of how one’s faith can steer you through tough times as well as prosperous times. As we reflect, we must celebrate what he has meant to all of us here in New Orleans, to the youth of our city, the elderly, all of us have in some way been [Read More...]

Catholic cemetery offers free burial of "cremains"

Interesting news, from New Mexico: Rosario Cemetery is offering to bury cremated remains for no charge. William Roibal, supervisor of the Roman Catholic cemetery northwest of downtown Santa Fe, said he’s already been contacted by a few families, including one that had stored a relative’s ashes in a closet for decades. Archbishop of Santa Fe [Read More...]

"Glad to meet you — and I'm a fan of your blog!"

That’s what I said to the guy below: Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who dropped by our offices today to say hello. He seemed flattered.  But for some reason, he didn’t mention “The Deacon’s Bench.” Photo by Erin Edwards, CNEWA Speaking of the good Cardinal’s blog: his latest installment includes a nice photo gallery of the [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Sounds good to me.” – Archbishop Philip Hannan, after receiving absolution Saturday. Hannan died yesterday at 98.  Read more. [Read more...]

Tweet Jesus…

This is working its way around the Internets…so here it is. I like it because it features a bench [Read more...]


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