Author: Deal W. Hudson



February 16, 2011

Chris Matthews, John Allen, and Odious Comparisons

John Allen, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, routinely uses the phrase “Taliban Catholicism” to describe “an exaggerated allergy to anything that smacks of secularism, liberalization, or corruption by modernity — an angry form of the faith that knows …

January 26, 2011

Tucson as an Object Lesson in Political ‘Reality’

Filed under: In The News,Politics In General - 26 Jan 2011

Mine was a circuitous route from philosophy to politics, and there are few recent events that better illustrate the difference between my origin and ultimate destination than the tragic event in Tucson last week.

January 18, 2011

Subsidiarity and Human Dignity

In my column last week, I asked the question, “Does the USCCB understand subsidiarity?” I received a variety of responses to that piece, the most interesting being from Msgr. Charles Pope, pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, who posted his …

January 10, 2011

Does the USCCB Understand Subsidiarity?

The plan of House Republicans to read the Constitution aloud on January 6, the second day of the 112th Congress, has provoked jeering from the liberal media. Yet in the midst of the jeers came a revealing comment from Washington …

November 25, 2010

A Tea Party Thanksgiving

Filed under: Politics In General - 25 Nov 2010

Ask me what I am thankful for this year, and one of the first things that comes to mind is the social/political phenomenon of the Tea Party.

November 5, 2010

Understanding “Incivility”

Filed under: Politics In General,Religion & Faith - 05 Nov 2010

Is the religious right uncivil? Conservatives Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner think so. In a jointHuffington Post column titled “The Success and Failure of the Religious Right,” they argue:

October 24, 2010

Why It’s Absurd to Deny Obama’s Healthcare Bill Contains Abortion Funding

With the decision of the Ohio Elections Commission to allow a hearing to decide whether the Susan B. Anthony List has falsely represented the voting record of Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH), the question is again raised: Was abortion funding authorized by …

October 5, 2010

If We Become Like Them, Will They Like Us?

Filed under: Abortion,Religion & Faith - 05 Oct 2010

Hardly a day goes by when I fail to see some news report or op-ed on the advisability of the Catholic Church to end the male-only priesthood, the mandatory celibacy requirement, the ban on contraception and abortion, or its view …

September 28, 2010

The Catholic Tea Kettle Continues to Boil

Filed under: Abortion,Politics In General,Religion & Faith - 28 Sep 2010

Over the past two weeks, I’ve had extensive discussions with a wide group of Catholic leaders about the state of the Church in the United States. The frustration and impatience among Catholics, which I discussed last February in “Is It …

September 8, 2010

Israel and Palestine give the Two-State Solution another look

Filed under: Foreign Countries & Policy - 08 Sep 2010

Direct peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine will resume on September 2 in Washington, D.C. The announcement of the talks has been greeted with a polite but skeptical nod from the media and a rolling of the eyes from experts …

August 28, 2010

More Problems at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 28 Aug 2010

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the anti-poverty program run by the USCCB, came under fire this past year for funding groups who were explicitly supporting abortion, contraception, and same-sex marriage.

July 21, 2010

A Catholic Governor Embraces Subsidiarity

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 21 Jul 2010

The new governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, is distinguishing himself in two ways as a Catholic politician. Not only he is pro-life, but he is also aggressively pursuing a set of policies grounded in the principle of subsidiarity.

May 18, 2010

Sister Carol Keehan Misrepresents Her Support of the Health-Care Bill

Filed under: Abortion,Religion & Faith - 18 May 2010

Sr. Carol Keehan responded to the standing ovation she received at a gathering of Obama’s Catholic coalition by making a very strange claim about her support of the recent health-care legislation signed by President Barack Obama.

April 25, 2010

The Ongoing Saga of the Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 25 Apr 2010

In October 2001, crisis Magazine published an article, titled “The High Price of Priestly Pederasty,” by Dan Michalski. Reporting on publicly known cases of sex abuse by priests, Michalski summarized his findings:

April 1, 2010

Bart Stupak Failed Us

Filed under: Abortion,Liberalism, Marxism & Communism - 01 Apr 2010

The evening the Stupak-Pitts Amendment passed, I expressed the hope that a new era of pro-life politics had begun. For the first time in a long time, the Democratic Party had an advocate for the unborn around whom others …

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