My New Year’s Wish for the Church

Deal W. Hudson January 1, 2009 In the twenty-five years since I became a Catholic, I have continuously wondered why there is so little evangelism. I speak of the Church in this country, of course, though the observation would apply to Europe as well. I think I have finally located one source of the problem.… Continue reading My New Year’s Wish for the Church

A Catholic College Where the Students Sing (In Latin)

Deal W. Hudson February 23, 2009 Recently I had the chance to speak with Jeffrey J. Karls, president of Magdalen College in Warner, New Hampshire. Like many people, I had a few misconceptions about the school. After speaking with him and getting the facts, I thought it would be nice to turn our conversation into an… Continue reading A Catholic College Where the Students Sing (In Latin)

Do the Nebraska Bishops Want Open Borders?

Deal W. Hudson February 26, 2009 Early in the morning of December 12, 2006, 25 unmarked cars filled with federal agents pulled up in front of the Swift & Co. plant in Grand Island, Nebraska, to arrest illegal immigrants. “Operation Wagon Train” was part of a six-state effort to crack down on Swift, which was… Continue reading Do the Nebraska Bishops Want Open Borders?

Obama’s Choice of Sebelius Heats Up the Pro-life Battle

Deal W. Hudson March 2, 2009 President Barack Obama has selected a pro-abortion Catholic governor, who has been told by her bishop not to present herself for communion, to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Writing last year in his diocesan newspaper, Bishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, discussed a meeting with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius… Continue reading Obama’s Choice of Sebelius Heats Up the Pro-life Battle

Notre Dame’s President at a Crossroads

Deal W. Hudson March 23, 2009 For the past few years, the buzz about Rev. John I. Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame since 2005, has been very positive. In spite of his refusal to ban The Vagina Monologues from the campus, Father Jenkins was viewed as strengthening the Catholic identity of the nation’s most beloved Catholic institution. But with… Continue reading Notre Dame’s President at a Crossroads

Closing Ranks on Canon 915

Deal W. Hudson March 30, 2009 Gov. Kathleen Sebelius received some good news last week when abortionist Dr. George Tiller was found not guilty of breaking state laws regulating late-term abortion. The relationship between Tiller and Sebelius would surely have played a role in her upcoming confirmation hearings had he been found guilty. But Governor Sebelius got some bad news as… Continue reading Closing Ranks on Canon 915

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

Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg

Deal W. Hudson 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 opposing the honor… Continue reading ‘The Right Is Mean, and the Left Is Foul’

Benedict XVI and the Future of the Holy Land

Deal W. Hudson April 6, 2009 Over dinner at the Ambassador Hotel in East Jerusalem, I talked with Danny Seidemann, a Jewish man from upstate New York who moved to Israel as a youth more than 30 years ago. Danny is recognized worldwide as an expert on the religious and cultural differences that divide and… Continue reading Benedict XVI and the Future of the Holy Land

Palestinian Christians Look Toward the Papal Visit

Deal W. Hudson April 9, 2009 Palestinian Christians are wondering aloud whether the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Holy Land will bring greater media attention to their dwindling numbers. They fear that, at the top, the pope’s agenda will be dominated by his continuing effort to smooth the ruffled feathers of Muslims… Continue reading Palestinian Christians Look Toward the Papal Visit