“Is it too much to ask that grown-ups act like grown-ups?”

Over at the NCR Today blog, Heidi Schlumpf notices a trend in the Catholic blogosphere and observes: It is true that the anonymity and immediacy of this new medium makes it easier to engage in behavior many of us would never consider if we had to face the person we were talking to. (As an [Read More...]

Welcome to another boy from Queens!

That would be a longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Pat McNamara, who is bringing his superlative historical self-titled blog to Patheos. Elizabeth has the scoop: I’ve been pestering him to do it for a while, and today he does, so ladies and gents, may I introduce you to McNamara’s Blog, at Patheos — a little [Read More...]

Vatican applies for control of “.catholic” domain online

Details from CNS: The Vatican is in line to control the new Internet address extension “.catholic” and decide who is allowed to use it. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit corporation that coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, announced the Vatican’s formal application June 13 [Read More...]

Anyone miss the comments?

Well, then, here.   A grateful h/t to Joanne McPortland, who always knows how to crack me up. [Read more...]

Is the Internet an enemy of the faith?

Consider these thoughts, from a Baptist minister: The Internet offers endless chatter and distraction. It sometimes seems that the entire population is suffering from a shared case of attention deficit syndrome. On the Web, irresponsible voices are just as accessible as trustworthy voices. Often, it seems that the voices of reason and truth are drowned [Read More...]

A blogging deacon calls it quits

Well, this is crappy news. This is a loss for the blogosphere.  But I hope it’s only temporary, and that I can corral Triple D into guest blogging here from time to time.  His warmth, wit and wisdom are a balm — and especially welcome among all of us in the diaconal community. The door [Read More...]

Taking a vacation from vitriol

With the summer season on us, we all need a break — a change of scenery or, at least, a change in atmosphere.  I could really use a trip to Walley World right about now. However, since I can’t do that, I’m going to do something else.  For the foreseeable future, I’m closing comments.  Maybe [Read More...]

All about Eve

That would be Eve Tushnet, who has just arrived at Patheos with her self-titled blog. As Elizabeth Scalia notes: I think Eve Tushnet’s name became much more widely known in 2010, when the New York Times profiled her, identifying her in the opening graph as that (to them) most exotic of all creatures, a “the celibate, [Read More...]

Anatomy of a viral video

How does something uploaded onto YouTube turn into a sensation? Travel blogger Joel Oleson can tell you. He shot and posted online this quirky little video about a baby penguin encountering a person for the first time.  Take a look: Then he started noticing it was getting more interest than usual.  Traffic began going a [Read More...]

Happy blog-o-versary

Last Saturday marked the five-year anniversary of my ordination; this week marks the five-year anniversary of “The Deacon’s Bench.” Flipping through the archived scrapbook of memories, I found this warm appreciation of the diaconate by Rocco Palmo, who was an early booster of the blog.  Others began dropping by and mentioning The Bench — people [Read More...]


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