I'm back

Well, wouldn’t you know it: one of the biggest news days in the Catholic Church in America, full of head-scratching surprises, and I’m tied up doing Other Stuff. The Other Stuff included being part of a panel on social media at the USCCB headquarters on Washington, in a massive meeting room that is clearly designed [Read More...]

Welcome, Frank!

All the Patheos crew is here to welcome Frank “Why I Am Catholic” Weathers to his new port of call! Welcome, pal! Anyone who, within hours of arrival, cheerfully posts a picture of Thomas Merton’s grave is aces in my book. UPDATE: Read Frank’s own story right here. [Read more...]

Church and social media: can we talk?

The Catholic Church is still new to the whole social media phenomenon — and Sr. Mary Ann Walsh from the USCCB looks at why the Church needs this particular dialogue: The social media phenomenon offers both challenge and opportunity for the church. Social media reaches people – millions are on Facebook and Twitter every day. The [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“The Macintosh is counter-reformist and has been influenced by the ratio studiorum of the Jesuits. It is cheerful, friendly, conciliatory; it tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach — if not the kingdom of Heaven — the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: The essence of [Read More...]

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...]

"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...]

Now you know: the real meaning of "deacon"

A tweet forwarded to me from a reader: [Read more...]

"Look, honey! A new neighbor!"

And his name is Mark Shea!. Details: Mark-the-prolific; Mark-the-down-shouting; Mark-the-smart; Mark-the-serious; Mark-the-scathingly-funny; Mark-the-take-no-prisoners-passionately-Catholic-Shea is moving his blog here to the Catholic portal at Patheos! Having been a fan of Mark’s for years (after I got past my terror of him; he is formidable when he’s passionate, but you know that!) I could not be more [Read More...]

Ladies and gentlemen: the "Church Whisperer"

From the Baltimore Sun, a profile of longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Rocco Palmo, the shockingly young upstart behind “Whispers in the Loggia”: A 28-year-old guy living in his parents’ basement in South Philadelphia just might be one of the foremost experts on the American Catholic Church. Rocco Palmo facetiously calls himself “The Church [Read More...]

Another voice: on deacons doing weddings

A blogger took issue with this post, and offered her thoughts: Deacons have their place but they are not an alter Christus. They are not intended to be a substitute for the priesthood. Yes, yes, yes, I know that the Church allows permanent deacons to preside at weddings, baptisms and funeral home services but most people look [Read More...]


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