The Deacon's Bench
May 2010 Archives

When was the last time your kids saw you pray? This columnist suggests it doesn’t happen often enough: Years ago, well before I had children of my own, I was giving a talk to the parents’ Sunday school class at …Read More

The beautifully rendered conclusion of “Saving Private Ryan.” We remember. With gratitude and sorrow and love.

It happened in Buffalo: Donald Weigel left his job six years ago as a corporate executive at a Fortune 500 company to pursue a different calling, to become a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church. He returned to Western New …Read More

That’s just one of the cringe-inducing questions that potential seminarians now have to answer, as part of the vetting process. And the New York Times takes a look at what that process entails in 2010: Every job interview has its …Read More

How is the District of Columbia spending its taxpayers’ money? On better, bigger condoms: High school students and college-age adults have been complaining to District officials that the free condoms the city has been offering are not of good enough …Read More

“Recently, a good friend told me about one of the local unknown saints here, Maria Luisa de la Peña, a refugee from Mexico who founded the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. Venerable Mother Luisita would …Read More

It happened in Albany, and made some history. From the Albany Times-Union: Four area men had the distinction Saturday of being ordained deacons of the Catholic Church in the first celebration held in the newly restored Cathedral of the Immaculate …Read More

Strong words today from a Vatican prosecutor: The Vatican prosecutor of clerical sex abuse warned perpetrators on Saturday that they would suffer damnation in hell that would be worse than the death penalty. The Rev. Charles Scicluna, a Maltese priest …Read More

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” — Author Anne Lamott, cited here. “It is a challenge to look past our own …Read More

Yep. According to Billboard, priests are boffo in Brazil: According to year-end data reported by Brazil’s Association of Record Producers, Father Fabio de Melo’s 2009 “Iluminar” was the country’s top-selling album of 2009. It was an encore performance; de Melo’s …Read More