The Deacon's Bench
May 2009 Archives

“Look. When it’s all said and done, I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage myself. I’m to blame. If you’re inclined to judge, put it here.” — Mel Gibson, talking last night to Jay Leno about the […]

“An article on Page 30 this weekend about Conan O’Brien misspells the given name of the secretary of state, who appears on some of his memorabilia. She is Hillary Clinton, not Hilary.” — A correction from yesterday’s New York Times […]

With ordination season upon us, the Buffalo News decided to check in with a group of men who were ordained 40 years ago. It’s a fascinating glimpse at “the way we were” as a church — and the way we […]

“Are you out of your Vulcan mind?” — James Tiberius Kirk, in that movie. I finally saw it today. Everything you’ve heard is true. And then some.

I blame The Anchoress for this. She posted a string of great Paul Simon songs, which sent me scurrying to YouTube to find one of my all-time favorites. Here it is: a bittersweet elegy that comes from a different time, […]

“Amid all the reaction to these terrible revelations, I have heard no one address the question of what it means, in this context, to know. Human beings — human beings everywhere, not just in Ireland — have a remarkable ability […]

The singing sensation returned to “Britain’s Got Talent” this weekend — and made it to the next round of the talent contest with her rendition of “Memory.” It’s a little rocky at the beginning, but she soon finds her footing […]

Cardinal Sean O’Malley congratulates Fr. Sean Carey during his ordination to the priesthood yesterday. Carey is one of only 11 deaf men in the nation to be ordained a priest. You can read more about Carey and the ordination here. […]

They ordained a bumper crop of priests in the Archdiocese of Newark yesterday — and with one interesting footnote: most were foreign-born. Take a look: The Archdiocese of Newark ordained 13 priests yesterday, a number believed to be the highest […]

From your Beast 🙂 23 years? Already?