An Open Letter to Catholics on Election Eve

Deal W. Hudson and Rev. Mr. Keith Fournier
November 7, 2016

Tomorrow is Election Day. There’s no need to elaborate on what’s at stake, beyond asking: Will our nation choose to ratify a Culture of Death?

We appeal to all Catholics to set aside personal misgivings about Mr. Trump, many of which are justified and consider what Hillary Clinton represents — more abortions, more corrupt cronyism, even less religious freedom, and more condemnation of those who don’t share her dark worldview.

We respect those Catholics who have expressed the desire to vote, out of principle, for a third party candidate. However, we ask you to consider, again, the “principles” that will guide this country if Clinton and her faux-Catholic running mate are elected. The America of our Founders, a nation rooted in Christian belief and moral teaching, will again be targeted for another eight years of destruction.

Harsh words have been said among Catholics, publicly and privately. We apologize for taking part in that brief flurry of blows. But like many who have fought each other, now is time to link arms to meet our common enemy.

Whatever the outcome tomorrow, we must pursue this reconciliation. We are, each of us, flawed vessels, but know this to be true:

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8.28)

With this in mind, we ask all Catholics to forget past rancor among our ranks and focus prayerfully on the work of deciding who will lead America the next four years.

We believe Donald Trump and Mike Pence can lead our nation toward a nation renewed in its commitment to life, true liberty, and authentic happiness.

Rev. Mr. Keith A. Fournier
Founder and Chairman of the Common Good Alliance

Deal W. Hudson
Publisher and Editor of The Christian Review.

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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