Catholics make up the largest single religious denomination–65 million–of any kind in this country. They also make up one-third of the electorate in a presidential election, approximately 30 million. Yet in more than 200 years, a Catholic priest has never served as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. In December, an 18-member bipartisan committee… Continue reading Catholics and the GOP: an Uneasy Fit — my op-ed from the Los Angeles Times — January 23, 2000.
Deal W. Hudson December 1, 2008 An article published yesterday in the Scranton Times announced, “Bishop takes his place on the national stage with his staunch anti-abortion stance.” Bishop Joseph F. Martino wasn’t the only bishop who spoke boldly during the presidential campaign, but he was noticed, in part, because Scranton is Vice-President Elect Joe Biden’s hometown.… Continue reading The Power of a Bold Bishop
In May 2016, I gave a speech to a group of Catholic activists in Cincinnati, Ohio, gathered together by Priests for Life, on how Catholics could make THE difference in the upcoming presidential election. I specifically outlined the ways the institutional Church would try to oppose Catholic efforts on behalf of the pro-life cause. What… Continue reading Preparing Catholics for the 2016 Election
By Deal W. Hudson Nanci Pelosi calls herself a conservative Catholic. Sure, she may be in favor of abortion, women priests, and homosexual marriages, but according to the House minority leader, that has no bearing on her life as a Catholic. How does she define “conservative Catholic”? In a January interview with the National Catholic… Continue reading Catholic Opinion by the Numbers: A Revealing New Poll
By Deal W. Hudson Several Catholic leaders have recently commented that Catholics should not be “single issue” voters, meaning that they shouldn’t vote exclusively on the abortion issue. I agree. But it’s not necessary to be a single-issue voter to give the life issues the priority they deserve. Catholics should be “dominant issue” voters. The… Continue reading Dominant-Issue Voters
By Deal W. Hudson Labels in politics and religion serve a purpose: There are discernible groups and coalitions within and between the worlds of the Church and government. Words used as labels serve the purpose of enabling us to distinguish between one group and the other. But I don’t want to be called a “Conservative… Continue reading Don’t Call Me a Conservative Catholic Anymore!
By Deal W. Hudson Political Participation •Catholics are obliged to participate in politics by voting. •Legislators are elected to serve and protect the common good, human dignity, and rights of human persons. •Voters should have a clear understanding of the principles of Catholic moral and social teaching. •The life issues are dominant in the hierarchy… Continue reading How to Vote Catholic-In Brief
By Deal W. Hudson “A man and a woman united in marriage, together with their children, form a family. This institution is prior to any recognition by public authority, which has an obligation to recognize it. It should be considered the normal reference point by which the different forms of family relationship are to be… Continue reading How to Vote Catholic: Part II-Marriage and the Family
By Deal W. Hudson It’s tempting to say that the coming presidential election of 2016 is the most important in American history. What gives me pause is the number of times this has been said before, including by myself. But this time, I cannot help but believe it’s true. Why? Terrorism: A storm is gathering… Continue reading Will America Last? — The 2016 Election