November 10, 2018

Who deserves to live? Who deserves to die? Who should be … chosen? That’s the implicit message behind this cynical ad by Planned Parenthood, which uses an adorable baby in a bid to support “choice.” Read more

November 10, 2018

Yesterday, I reported on concerns that the ongoing sex abuse crisis will affect Catholic giving. It’s already happening in Buffalo, according to CNN: In the deeply Catholic Rust Belt community of Buffalo, New York, some parishioners are using the Sunday collection basket to ask embattled Bishop Richard Malone to resign. Instead of giving money, some faithful are leaving handwritten messages giving the church an ultimatum. “We will resume our weekly offering when the Bishop resigns or is removed,” read one… Read more

November 9, 2018

It’s a serious question among many of us in the non-profit Catholic world. And it’s a source of concern for pastors and administrators, as well. America magazine took a survey of its readers and reported last week: Many respondents told America that they had reduced their financial contributions to the Catholic Church in the wake of the sexual abuse crisis. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they had lowered the amount they gave to their bishop’s appeal, while 47 percent said… Read more

November 9, 2018

The comedian posted this on Twitter yesterday — and I think a lot of people will be able to relate. Enjoy. Read more

November 9, 2018

We haven’t heard or read much about the acting attorney general’s religious background. I was curious and did a little Googling to see what I could find. While it hasn’t been widely reported, it turns out that Matthew Whitaker has strong opinions on the law and public life that are closely related to his Christian faith. NPR interviewed Berit Berger, the executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School. He noted: He has taken… Read more

November 9, 2018

Yep. The Harvard Crimson reports: Theologian Janet E. Smith delved into the Catholic Church’s stance on sex and sexuality in a lecture hosted by the Catholic Student Association in Emerson Hall Thursday evening. The event was the capstone of the inaugural Catholic Sex Week, a series of talks organized by the CSA intended to provoke thought and discussion about the relationship between faith and sexuality. It follows last week’s Harvard Sex Week, an annual series of workshops, lectures, and discussions that… Read more

November 8, 2018

Details:   Catholic parish in South Boston that sits within feet of the Winter Hill Gang’s former headquarters on Old Colony Avenue hosted a private Mass this morning for the crew’s notorious slain leader, James “Whitey” Bulger Jr., the Archdiocese of Boston confirmed. Among those who gathered at St. Monica Church to honor the serial killer’s memory were Bulger’s younger brother William M. Bulger, former president of both the state Senate and the University of Massachusetts, and Margaret McCusker, 67, the… Read more

November 8, 2018

By now, you’ve probably seen the video of Jim Acosta’s wrestling match with President Trump at Wednesday’s news conference. If you missed it, here it is: The whole thing was an embarrassment for all concerned. Acosta looked like an unprofessional prima donna — swatting away the arm of a White House intern trying to take back the mic — and the president looked like a petulant, temperamental scold.  Neither man brought honor to himself or his profession.  In a matter… Read more

November 8, 2018

Here’s an insightful and even inspiring analysis on the wearing of the collar — from the very beginning, a controversial topic here at The Bench — from a Protestant minister. H/T to my sibling from The East, Father Deacon Daniel Gordon Dozier, for passing this along. Take a look! Read more

November 7, 2018

The Arlington Herald in Virginia continues its terrific series on the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the diaconate with a profile of Dr. Scott Ross, who runs the Mother of Mercy Free Clinic — a life-affirming medical facility built from what had been an abortion clinic. Snip:  When Scott Ross was growing up in Dunbar, Pa., he was eager to serve at the altar. Age restrictions didn’t deter him from asking the priest. “You need to wait,” the priest… Read more

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