The Deacon Has Landed!

For the past week he has been fussing with the decor, and now Deacon Greg Kandra has finally loaded the last box onto the trailer.As of now you can find The Deacon's Bench (and eventually his straggling archives) at his new digs at Patheos (where, apparently, everyone knows your name!).Slide on over (it's pretty icy out there!) and cozy up for a spell with an Irish Coffee and the good deacon. And don't forget to change your bookmarks and thingies! … [Read more...]

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Deacon Greg is Moving!

He talks about it here:After 15 happy months here at Beliefnet, and several weeks of hand-wringing and finger-drumming while I make up my mind, I've decided to pull up stakes and relocate "The Deacon's Bench" to another site. Beginning next Monday, December 13th, you'll find The Bench over at Patheos.com.You can get a sneak peek at this link. (Pardon the dust. It's a work in progress. Once we hang some drapes and put down the rugs, it will feel a little homier.)Go read it all. I fell in … [Read more...]

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Communion; Hand or Mouth?

Yesterday at Mass, my husband noticed that on the floor of our pew, by our feet, was a quarter of an unconsumed Host. He picked it up and consumed it.Discussing it on the way home, my husband chose to think the best, not the worst. "Maybe [at a previous Mass] the wedge was part of Consecration Host, and it somehow got picked up with another one and missed, or dropped onto a sweater, or something."My husband is always quick to think the best, especially when a matter is too troubling to … [Read more...]

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Like Sgt Schultz, I know nothing!

For those of you looking for Gateway Pundit and heading over here to ask me about it, the answer is, I am so much in my own little world and busy with my own work that I didn't even know he had gone!But a quick look at his twitter feed informs that he has headed over to Right Network, and is in the process of moving his huge amount of data there.Right Network is the new right-wing oriented alternate-media gig run by American Digest's Gerard Vanderleun and Little Miss Attila's Joy McCann, … [Read more...]

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Catholic Blogs & Charity – UPDATED

My Tuesday Column is up; today I pick up on the discussions begun yesterday, at Deacon's Bench, America Magazine, Inside Catholic and elsewhere over Rachel Zoll's AP piece on the "purge" mentality exhibited on some (in my view extreme) Catholic blogs.Having blogged about religion and politics for nearly 6 years, I acknowledge that one can occasionally "write mad" and deliver a bit more zing than one has meant to, although I personally have never gone after other bloggers pronouncing who should … [Read more...]

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Instapundit acu tetigisti

I'm thinking of starting a new game, called Instapundit acu tetigisti, whereby every time one spots Glenn Reynolds managing to succinctly "touch the matter with a needle" on any issue (and he does it a lot) one must take a shot of espresso, or grab a cup of favorite coffee.Today, I sat at my desk with a cup of espresso (a double, actually) clicked on Instapundit, which is how I start my day, and read this:CLARENCE PAGE: WHAT’S SO BAD ABOUT ELITES? The problem we have is that our “elites” — … [Read more...]

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Bullying, Tolerance & the Disconnect

(Source)Yesterday, I wrote a little about the rampant bullying that is driving too many gay teenage boys and straight teenage girls, to suicide.Today, I look at how that can be, after whole generations have heard the "tolerance" messages since their cradles, and suggest one surprising step that the church could take, in order to teach the world how to actually walk all that talk.USA Today has picked the piece up, with predictable emphasis. I notice that in the midst of the pc-focus on … [Read more...]

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In the Day of the Bully

Over the weekend, I mentioned to someone that I hate the tv ad for the Chrysler Town and Country--the one where a little boy is being chased by bullies; he dives into the open hatchback of a waiting minivan, and his mother--who apparently knows her son is the target of bullies, but parks some distance away from school--then smiles as he makes his escape and the hatchback slowly closes behind him. Still smiling, and oblivious to the fact that thwarted bullies do not surrender, but only slink … [Read more...]

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Wondering about Ameridolotry, Krugman, Absorption…

My plan to work, work, work, today is being interrupted by a family situation that needs attending-to (nothing awful, but important, nonetheless) so here's some interesting stuff I meant to respond to or comment on. Now, you'll have to do it! :-)I've wondered several times over the past five years whether some Americans are allowing their ideologies to become their idols. I've never quite had the answer, but thought it was an important question, nonetheless. Today Mr. Dalrymple asks the … [Read more...]

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Benedict's UK Triumph Ignored in US

Shamelessly cribbed from Lucianne.comDeacon Greg, who rarely has time to really sit down and write like this, hits one out of the ballpark, today, as he takes a look at the complete non-coverage of Pope Benedict's triumphant visit to the United Kingdom. Really, it's so good that it's difficult to excerpt, but here is a little:One of the biggest surprises of Pope Benedict's historic trip to the United Kingdom may be how few people realize that it was, in fact, historic. Sunday night, I was … [Read more...]

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