The Deacon's Bench
April 2008 Archives

The other day I read the news that Tamar Hennessey had died. Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of her. She was an obscure figure to most Catholics, but not insignificant. She was the daughter of Dorothy Day. Long …Read More

This news will likely be raising some eyebrows, since the man in question is one of the most prominent, outspoken and uncompromising voices working as an advocate for victims of clerical sex abuse: Saying Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle had “failed …Read More

Benedict and the St. Bernard. And I always thought he was a cat person …

Some New Yorkers, from the Rockville Center diocese, are now weighing in on the Rudy-Egan flap. Newsday has some reaction: Heading into the noon Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre Tuesday, Anne-Marie Patton said she had no doubts …Read More

The controversy swirling around Rudy Giuliani receiving communion at St. Patrick’s just won’t stop. The latest to weigh in is Phil Lawler at CWN, who notes: In his public rebuke to Rudy Giuliani for improperly receiving Communion during Pope Benedict’s …Read More

Die-hard Mel Gibson Catholic fans — you know who you are — might be interested in this item from Variety: Mel Gibson has committed to star in “Edge of Darkness,” marking his first starring role in a feature film since …Read More

Do you know your bible? It turns out, a lot of Americans do — and we’re faring better than people in other countries, according to this report: Americans are among the world’s most ‘Bible-literate’ people and Spaniards, French and Italians …Read More

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” — Katharine Hepburn

Well, this bit of news is interesting — and it will be even more interesting to see how it plays out over the next few days: Moments ago, Edward Cardinal Egan issued a statement saying he deeply regrets former mayor …Read More

I got a nice e-mail early today from Ireland — where, wonder of wonders, there is a group of Cistercian nuns maintaining their beautiful and holy way of life. And they are tiptoeing into the 21st century. They have a …Read More