Deacons in NCR

The National Catholic Reporter has just published a special section devoted to deacons, and Your Humble Blogger (and wife) make an appearance. Much more interesting, though, is “A Letter to a Newly Ordained Deacon” by Bill Ditewig — and some thoughts on women deacons by Phyllis Zagano.  All that’s just for starters. Check it all [Read More...]

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Holy enrollers: boomers causing a boom at divinity schools

More of those over 50 are embarking on a second career — in religion. Details, from TIME magazine: Boomers are the fastest-growing demographic at U.S. divinity schools, according to the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), an organization of more than 250 theological graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada. The under-30 crowd may still be [Read More...]

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Deacons and sex: a biblical scholar weighs in

This, from John W. Martens, in AMERICA: The overarching question for me, especially in light of the actual practice of the Church with respect to permanent deacons and the biblical teaching of Paul, is what is at stake in this argument for Ed Peters? What’s the point? What is so troubling about married permanent deacons [Read More...]

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Can you countenance continence? — UPDATED

For those who are curious about this topic — and any married deacon should be — check out this article on the subject by canon lawyer Edward Peters. The issue in question is here: 1983 CIC 277. § 1. Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of [Read More...]

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Quote of the day

“I must honestly tell you that our Christmas Eve liturgy was so slap-dash, so irreverent and untrained and featured music so poorly chosen and executed that it was joyless, perfunctory and at times just so awful as to feel more like torture than celebration. Even my husband, who never has a bad word to say, [Read More...]

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Another Annunciation…

Earlier, I posted an item about one artist’s unique take on Mary’s visit from Gabriel. Below is another interpretation, from the same artist, John Collier, commissioned for a church (now co-cathedral) in West Virginia. As the artist describes it: “In my Annunciation the angel Gabriel stands on a rotting stump which has a living branch [Read More...]

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The preachin' deacon

Continuing his thoughtful and informational series on the deacon as “Minister of the Word,” Deacon Bill Ditewig has now turned his attention to preaching: With regard to the deacon preaching at Mass, the GIRM notes that the deacon preaches “on occasion”.  The norm is for the priest-presiding to preach, but he may also ask the [Read More...]

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And now, a word on The Word

Wonder why the deacon proclaims the gospel? Wonder no more… Deacon Bill Ditewig is ruminating these days on the deacon as Minister of the Word, and he reminds us of a few points that we all need to remember: The deacon — as servant to and for the People of God — proclaims Christ in [Read More...]

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