The Deacon's Bench
May 2009 Archives

“Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing. The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands. No private individual had the right to execute judgment against …Read More

Incredible but, tragically, true: one of the country’s most polarizing and notorious abortion doctors was slain Sunday morning while he was serving as an usher at his church. Details: President Obama said this afternoon that he was “shocked and outraged” …Read More

Mike “Googling God” Hayes, over at Busted Halo, is offering some helpful ideas for people who find themselves cash-strapped this summer. My personal favorite: retreats. Take a look: Retreats (, are often great ways to get back in touch …Read More

One of Miami’s newly ordained priests, Father Randall Mussellman, is shown above offering his first blessing to his two daughters. If that sounds a little out-of-the-ordinary, so is his story: Born in Indiana, he was raised a Baptist and studied …Read More

They beat out Susan Boyle for the top spot on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Did they deserve it? You decide. Their thunder-stealing performance, below.

Her final performance on “Britain’s Got Talent,” from Saturday night. Our gal didn’t grab first place. (You can read all about it here.) But she clearly gave it her all. Take a look.

As Your Humble Blogger prepares to launch the first-ever daily Catholic news show on our little channel in Brooklyn, there’s word that another deacon is about to put out into the deep, with a Catholic radio station in Ohio: Toledo’s …Read More

This little tidbit almost slipped through the radar yesterday, but it’s worth noting: [Papal nuncio] Pietro Sambi leaped to the mic for a second time during this morning’s program to note the “wonderful and unexpected coincidence” of Miguel Diaz’s nomination …Read More

One of the sharp dividing lines between some Christians is when, exactly, to celebrate Easter. Now, efforts are under way to erase that line: Christianity’s largest ecumenical movement expressed hope Thursday that churches were moving closer to a common Easter …Read More