M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable Success

Executive producer and director M. Night Shyamalan attends a panel for the television series "Wayward Pines" during Fox Broadcasting Company's part of the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter 2015 presentations in Pasadena, California, January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Deal W. Hudson January 2, 2001 Shyamalan’s 1999 blockbuster, The Sixth Sense, took the movie-going public by surprise. His previous film, the brilliant but underappreciated Wide Awake (1998), had gone straight from lackluster reviews to video-store oblivion, so Shyamalan well-deserved the success and acclaim The Sixth Sense suddenly brought him. It made more than $250 million and has passed Raiders of… Continue reading M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable Success

Postmodern Buchanan

Deal W. Hudson Two books read together can unexpectedly illuminate one another. That was my experience reading Pat Buchanan’s The Death of the West and a scholarly book written for public consumption-The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics, by Mark Lilla of the University of Chicago. There’s much in the Buchanan book I agree with, especially… Continue reading Postmodern Buchanan

Government Cannot Love

WASHINGTON - MAY 31: The exterior view of the north side of the White House is seen May 31, 2005 in Washington, DC. Vanity Fair Magazine reported that former FBI official W. Mark Felt claimed himself was ?Deep Throat,? the anonymous source who provided information to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward?s famous Watergate investigation report that led to the former President Richard Nixon's resignation. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Deal W. Hudson In the midst of Valentine’s Day sentiment, it’s refreshing to hear someone who speaks plainly about love. At a White House briefing on February 6, Jim Towey, the new Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, said something that ought to be heard–“government cannot love.” Towey, who is… Continue reading Government Cannot Love

It’s Not About Celibacy

Deal W. Hudson The recent pedophile problems in various U.S. Catholic dioceses, especially Boston, have led – predictably – to a new wave of questions about priestly celibacy. Let us be clear: There is no relation between the vow of priestly celibacy and the incidence of pedophilia among Catholic priests. How do I know this?… Continue reading It’s Not About Celibacy

Harvard’s Catholic Voice

Deal W. Hudson I thought I knew something about Catholicism in Ivy League schools such as the venerable Harvard University. For example, if you wanted a Harvard professor outspoken about the Catholic faith you called Dr. Mary Ann Glendon of the Harvard Law School, or for the social justice perspective, Fr. J. Bryan Hehir, now… Continue reading Harvard’s Catholic Voice

A Time for Caution

Deal W. Hudson Passions are running high in response to the daily revelations of sexual misconduct by Catholic priests. I purposely avoid the word “pedophilia” because-in the rush to judgment-most of the instances of “sexual abuse” are being reported incorrectly as pedophilia. Pedophilia is sexual contact with a child who has not yet reached puberty,… Continue reading A Time for Caution

Stop the Cheering

Deal W. Hudson I was stopped in the hallway at CNN yesterday by a well-known Catholic newscaster who asked me, “Why are the liberals cheering the fall of Cardinal Law?” This comment comes from someone who unabashedly describes himself as a “leftie.” I told him, sadly, that the cheering on the left is being echoed… Continue reading Stop the Cheering

10 Myths About Priestly Pedophilia

Deal W. Hudson Myth #1 – Catholic priests are more likely to be pedophiles than other groups of men. This is just plain false. There’s absolutely no evidence that priests are more likely to abuse children than are other groups of men. The use and abuse of children as objects for the sexual gratification of… Continue reading 10 Myths About Priestly Pedophilia

How to Refute Arguments Against Priestly Celibacy

Deal W. Hudson 5 Arguments Against Priestly Celibacy and How to Refute Them 1. Allowing priests to marry would end pedophilia. It is completely untrue that celibate priests are more likely to be pedophiles than any other group of men, married or not. Pedophilia affects only 0.3 percent of the population of Catholic clergy, and… Continue reading How to Refute Arguments Against Priestly Celibacy