The Deacon's Bench
December 2007 Archives

I suspect we’ll be hearing more and more about Tony Blair’s conversion, as more experts and friends and enemies weigh in. Today’s nugget: from Ruth Gledhill, religion correspondent from the London Times, who spoke with one of the priests who […]

People have been wondering about that star, the one that guided the magi, for 20 centuries, and now an astronomer at Notre Dame is giving it a shot: His quest: discovering just what “the star in the East” was that […]

Bulldozer, a 5-month-old male giraffe calf, is fed by Santa Claus at the San Francisco Zoo, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 in San Francisco. Photo: by George Nikitin, San Francisco Zoo, via AP

Whenever I think I’ve seen everything, someone comes along to prove me wrong. Such is the case with this unbelievable display in Washington State: If you’ve stood in one line too many at the mall as you watched your bank […]

I was wondering if anyone had posted this to YouTube, and sure enough, it’s there: one of the most unusual — and on re-viewing, charming — television duets from about 30 years ago. You can read the story behind it […]

More details are seeping out about Tony Blair’s conversion. This piece from the Guardian says that he actually began instruction before leaving his job as prime minister: Tony Blair began formal instructions to convert officially to Roman Catholicism four months […]

Most scholars agree that Christ probably wasn’t born on December 25th — and possibly not even in the winter. Now a historian has put forth an intriguing theory about the first December 25 Christmas: The church where the tradition of […]

After months, if not years, of speculation, Tony Blair has crossed the Tiber. The report from the Times of London: The former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been received into the Roman Catholic Church. Mr Blair was received into full […]

A popular poem that we hear this time of year talks about children nestled, snug in their beds, with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. This is a time for dreaming, and wishing. And not just among children. […]

In early 2002, I got a phone call from CBS News executive producer Susan Zirinsky, asking me if I would be interested in helping her with a project she was trying to throw together in just a few weeks. I’ve […]