The Deacon's Bench
June 2007 Archives

Animal lovers everywhere have lost a special soul: the founding abbot of The Monks of New Skete, Father Laurence Mancuso has passed away, from complications of injuries suffered in a fall. He was 72. The fabled Monks of New Skete …Read More

One of my favorite archbishops, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, has been blogging for a while now. Friday, he took it upon himself to blog about his meeting with Pope Benedict, where he and several others were briefed on the motu proprio, …Read More

Most Catholics probably know someone who has been through the agony of annullment. It’s not pretty. But it’s not supposed to be. Marriage is serious business — a sacrament — and ending one takes serious thought, effort and no small …Read More

My wife was taught by Holy Cross Sisters down in Maryland, and we get a lot of e-mails from them. The e-mail we received yesterday struck me as both important — and savvy. Here’s part of it: The Holy Cross …Read More

As we get ready to celebrate another 4th of July, another Independence Day, Peggy Noonan has offered us a reminder of what it means to be an American, and it involves a story about Brooklyn and a priest: I was …Read More

As reported a couple of weeks back, Pope Benedict today made it official: next year will begin a special jubilee year in honor of St. Paul: The pope said the Pauline year will run from June 28, 2008, to June …Read More

We had a fierce storm in New York City last night that did a very good job of flooding some roads and knocking out some power in pockets around town. So it is with a little irony, and a lot …Read More

I’ve spent most of my adult life working in television. It never ceases to amaze me what TV executives think people want to watch. And when I saw this story pop up, I was surprised all over again: there’s a …Read More

This is the time of year when a lot of us are planning vacations. But I don’t think any of us have taken a trip like the one Miles Hilton-Barber took. Three months ago, this 58-year-old father of three flew …Read More

Among Catholics, probably the only subject likely to stir up more debate and inflame more passions than the liberalization of the Tridentine Rite is Harry Potter. Ask any Catholic parent what they think of him, and the series of books …Read More