A Debate Out of Season

Deal W. Hudson June 1, 2007 Bishops often speak about the virtue of “collegiality”—their desire to act and speak in one voice. The recent history of the Church illustrates problems arising from the expectation that individual bishops should subjugate their public message in favor of the USCCB. John Cardinal O’Connor and Bernard Cardinal Law were… Continue reading A Debate Out of Season

Pavarotti, a Voice That Will Never Die

Deal W. Hudson September 6, 2007 We all awakened this morning to the news that the greatest voice of our generation, Luciano Pavarotti, had died. The sound of his voice is something that I have carried inside my head since my early 20s when I first heard him sing La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera. I heard… Continue reading Pavarotti, a Voice That Will Never Die

Can Fred Thompson Win Over Religious Conservatives?

Deal W. Hudson September 7, 2007 Former Senator, movie actor, TV star of “Law & Order,” Fred Thompson officially entered the presidential race last week. It’s remarkable after his bumpy start – with a turnover in his campaign staff and the delay of his official announcement – that Thompson is polling only a single percentage… Continue reading Can Fred Thompson Win Over Religious Conservatives?

Refuting the Attacks on Mother Teresa

"St. Teresa of Calcutta: Carrier of God's Love" by Chas Fagan, 2016. Commissioned by the Knights of Columbus as a gift for the Missionaries of Charity (c) Mother Teresa Center Photo: David Ramsey Courtesy Knights of Columbus

Deal W. Hudson September 10, 2007 The attacks began on August 23, the day Time magazine published an article by David Van Biema, “Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith,” quoting her letters to confessors and superiors from over 66 years. In those letters, recently published under the title Mother Teresa: Come to Be My Light(Doubleday), Mother Teresa reveals the… Continue reading Refuting the Attacks on Mother Teresa

Ten Questions with Senator Sam Brownback

Gov. Sam Brownback waves to guests before delivering his state of the state address to a joint session of the Kansas legislature in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Deal W. Hudson September 11, 2007 Senator Sam Brownback was traveling between events while campaigning in New Hampshire when I spoke to him last week. Despite criticism, Brownback has kept the abortion issue at the top of his agenda for the nation, and recently finished among the top three candidates in the Ames Straw Poll.… Continue reading Ten Questions with Senator Sam Brownback

Why I Am a Catholic Republican

Deal W. Hudson September 13, 2007 I’m not a Republican because I think Republicans are fun or especially good company. If I were looking for sociality or cordiality in my political party, I would look elsewhere. I would also look elsewhere if the GOP ever turned its back on the issues that brought me into… Continue reading Why I Am a Catholic Republican

Will Dr. James Dobson Damage the Christian Vote?

Deal W. Hudson October 2, 2007 Dr. James Dobson is the founder of the largest, most influential, Evangelical organization in America, Focus on the Family. His radio show reaches two million listeners every day, and he’s easily the most important Evangelical leader in the country. As a result, Dobson’s political pronouncements carry a lot of… Continue reading Will Dr. James Dobson Damage the Christian Vote?

Has James Dobson Created an Opening for Mitt Romney?

Deal W. Hudson October 8, 2007 Mitt Romney is seizing the opportunity created by Dr. James Dobson’s threat of a third party candidacy. The Massachusetts poll is positioning himself as the GOP candidate of choice for religious conservatives. How? In a Boston Globe story from October 5, Eric Fehrnstrom, a spokesman for the Romney campaign, said, “Dr.… Continue reading Has James Dobson Created an Opening for Mitt Romney?

High Noon at College of the Holy Cross

Deal W. Hudson October 15, 2007 The Jesuit College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, is in trouble. Bishop Robert J McManus, S.T.D., issued a statement on October 10th warning President Michael McFarland, S.J., that the official Catholic status of Holy Cross was at risk. The reason for the showdown? On October 24, representatives… Continue reading High Noon at College of the Holy Cross

Birth Control Pills to Be Distributed to 6th Graders

20120809 Bishop Richard J. Malone presides at Evening Prayer with priests of the Diocese at St. Louis Church. (Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer)

Deal W. Hudson October 18, 2007 Bishop Richard J. Malone is “outraged” about the decision of the Portland, Maine, school board to make birth control pills available to 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade girls at King Middle School. On Wednesday, the Portland School Committee voted 5-2 to make contraceptive pills available to girls, ages 11 to… Continue reading Birth Control Pills to Be Distributed to 6th Graders