The Pope Should Go to Gaza

Newly elected Pope Joseph Ratzinger of Germany waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, April 19, 2005. (AP Photo/ Andrew Medichini)

Deal W. Hudson April 13, 2009 “The Holy Father should not be coming to the Holy Land without visiting Gaza.” The bitterness in his voice was obvious as the professor at Bethlehem University talked to me about Pope Benedict XVI’s visit next month. I found that his attitude is the rule, rather than the exception,… Continue reading The Pope Should Go to Gaza

Ten Hard Facts Confronting Benedict XVI in the Holy Land

Deal W. Hudson April 16, 2009 The Holy Father, his entourage, and the international media are preparing to visit the Holy Land May 8-15. Pope Benedict XVI will undoubtedly encourage further peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. But the prospect of a two-state solution to the ongoing conflict has become more remote, as the situation… Continue reading Ten Hard Facts Confronting Benedict XVI in the Holy Land

A Catholic Writer Who Does Not Turn Away

Deal W. Hudson April 20, 2009 In recent years, the phrase “Catholic writer” has become highly problematic. Some bestow it like a laurel on the brow of anyone who writes about pious Catholics who manage, through thick and thin, to follow all the rules. Others use the label in a nostalgic (and laudable) quest to… Continue reading A Catholic Writer Who Does Not Turn Away

Are Canadian Bishops Helping to Support Abortion in Mexico?

Deal W. Hudson April 23, 2009 Last year, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) announced it would no longer fund the community-organizing arm of ACORN, a decision based on the disclosure of ACORN’s explicitly partisan efforts on behalf of President Barack Obama’s political campaign. Now a much more egregious use of Catholic money has been alleged. LifeSiteNews (LSN),… Continue reading Are Canadian Bishops Helping to Support Abortion in Mexico?

Will New Jersey Elect a Pro-Life Catholic Governor?

Deal W. Hudson April 27, 2009 As of a few days ago, a pro-life Catholic held the lead in the New Jersey governor’s race. Chris Christie has been steadily polling ahead of the current Democratic governor, Jon Corzine, and the other Republican candidate for the nomination. Christie’s eleven point lead over Corzine, and 25 point lead over… Continue reading Will New Jersey Elect a Pro-Life Catholic Governor?

Notre Dame Fumbles Its Obama Offensive

Deal W. Hudson May 5, 2009 Bishop Thomas Wenski celebrated a Mass of Reparation this past Sunday in Orlando at the Cathedral of St. James. Although the Mass was offered in reparation for transgressions “against the dignity and sacredness of human life,” the one specific transgression prompting the liturgy was the decision by the University of Notre… Continue reading Notre Dame Fumbles Its Obama Offensive

The Bishops Who Speak… and Those Who Don’t

Roman Catholic Bishops listen as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on April 19, 2008. REUTERS/Mel Evans/Pool (UNITED STATES)

Deal W. Hudson May 11, 2009 A popular pastime among Catholic commentators lately could be called “counting the bishops.” In the last election, we counted the bishops who spoke out regarding their document on voting, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” or on the qualifications of Barack Obama as a Catholic candidate. With the latest controversy over the… Continue reading The Bishops Who Speak… and Those Who Don’t

Catholics in Congress – The Ongoing Scandal

Deal W. Hudson May 17, 2009 The scandal of President Barack Obama receiving an honorary degree at Notre Dame yesterday pales in comparison with the ongoing scandal of Catholics in Congress. Of the 161 Catholics presently serving, only 26 have 100 percent pro-life voting records, while 28 have a zero percent rating. Sixty-five have less than a… Continue reading Catholics in Congress – The Ongoing Scandal

Is the “Jewish State” Another Obstacle to the Peace Process?

Deal W. Hudson May 21, 2009 In Monday’s meeting at the White House, President Barack Obama strongly urged Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reopen the peace process toward a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Obama also told Netanyahu, with surprising bluntness, “Settlements have to be stopped.” The response from Netanyahu was ambiguous. At first, he… Continue reading Is the “Jewish State” Another Obstacle to the Peace Process?

Michael Sean Winters of America Magazine Implies that I’m an Anti-Semetic

Deal W. Hudson May 21, 2009 This morning I sent my column on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to Michael Sean Winters – a writer at America magazine – in the spirit of collegiality. What I got in return is the implication on the America blog that I am either anti-Semitic or am aiding the rise of anti-Semitism among… Continue reading Michael Sean Winters of America Magazine Implies that I’m an Anti-Semetic