The U.S. Catholic Conference Strikes Again

Published December 1, 2000 DEAL W. HUDSON Catholics must wonder sometimes why the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) exists. On October 16, Catholic News Service (CNS) of the USCC issued a story with the headline, “Gore sees hope for ‘common ground’ movement on abortion.” Written by Patricia Zapor, based on an interview with the vice president,… Continue reading The U.S. Catholic Conference Strikes Again

Special Report — Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Homosexuality: What the Bishops Didn’t Say

Published December 1, 1997 DEAL W. HUDSON When reporting on “Always Our Children,” the secular media failed to note that this was not a document issued by the entire NCCB. What must be said at the outset is that a small committee of the bishops’ conference should not be allowed to use the media to… Continue reading Special Report — Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Homosexuality: What the Bishops Didn’t Say

Why Should the Church Continue to Perform Marriages for the State?

Deal W. Hudson Published January 2015 We take for granted that priests, and other ministers, sign a couple’s marriage license after a wedding ceremony. At that moment the state, both the individual states and the United States, legally recognizes the marriage. Priests and ministers, thus, act as agents of the government and are duly recognized… Continue reading Why Should the Church Continue to Perform Marriages for the State?

‘The Right Is Mean, and the Left Is Foul’

Deal W. Hudson Published April 2, 2009 The rising temperature of the debate over President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit to Notre Dame has created some heated rhetoric on both sides. Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg criticized Notre Dame’s decision but was himself criticized for complaining about the “uncivil and venomous” comments made by those… Continue reading ‘The Right Is Mean, and the Left Is Foul’

Will the Church Split Along Red and Blue Lines?

Deal W. Hudson Published October 9, 2008 An Obama victory on November 4 is far from certain, but the momentum behind his campaign prompts me to wonder: What impact could an Obama administration have on the Catholic Church? The Bush victories in 2000 and 2004 brought a flood of commentary on the so-called red and… Continue reading Will the Church Split Along Red and Blue Lines?

How to Handle Pelosi?

Deal W. Hudson Today Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco spoke publicly in defense of marriage in Washington, DC in spite of a letter from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi asking him not to. She wrote her Archbishop not to show “disdain and hate towards LGBT persons” by speaking at a National Organization for Marriage march to… Continue reading How to Handle Pelosi?

Why Catholics Will Not Get Abortion Out of the Health Care Bill

Deal W. Hudson Published August 3, 2009 The Congress and the White House have little to fear from the bishops’ official statements opposing the abortion provisions in the health care bill. Unlike with President Barack Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame, there is no chorus of bishops’ voices rising in protest against the bill; most of… Continue reading Why Catholics Will Not Get Abortion Out of the Health Care Bill

Charity, Civility, and Speaking the Truth

Deal W. Hudson Published September 21, 2009 The funeral of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy provoked a highly charged debate among Catholics about civility. In the midst of this discussion, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, came to Washington, D.C., to be honored by InsideCatholic.com at its… Continue reading Charity, Civility, and Speaking the Truth