Sed Contra: Catholic Journalism As If Beauty Really Mattered

Deal W. Hudson March 1, 2000 Readers may have noticed that I added an explanatory note to the review section. I have been asked if this is a “disclaimer,” meant to disassociate myself from our reviewers’ opinions. That was certainly not my intent. I deemed the note necessary by the letters I have received from… Continue reading Sed Contra: Catholic Journalism As If Beauty Really Mattered

Sed Contra: Romania Bound

Deal W. Hudson February 1, 2001 My family of three—my wife, Theresa, my twelve-year-old daughter, Hannah, and I—will fly to Eastern Europe next month and become four. Waiting for us is a four-year-old boy named Cyprian who needs a permanent family. From his pictures he looks like a young Omar Shariff, with dark hair and… Continue reading Sed Contra: Romania Bound

Sed Contra: Common Ground—The Real Thing

President George W. Bush talks on the telephone with President Kim Dae-Jung of South Africa Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, in the Oval Office of the White House. Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Deal W. Hudson March 1, 2001 A senior adviser at the White House asked me, as publisher of a Catholic magazine, to put together a group of prominent Catholics to meet with President George W. Bush and discuss his administration’s new emphasis on faith-based social services. There was a reason for the request: Those who… Continue reading Sed Contra: Common Ground—The Real Thing

Sed Contra: The Death of a Great College Program

Deal W. Hudson April 1, 2001 The new president of the University of San Francisco (USF), Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J., recently announced the reorganization— the effective dismantling—of the St. Ignatius Institute, which for the past 25 years has offered the university’s undergraduates the option of a Catholic great-books program in addition to their other… Continue reading Sed Contra: The Death of a Great College Program

Sed Contra: Bush Courts the Catholics

Deal W. Hudson May 1, 2001 Only a few days after his inauguration, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush dined with the newly installed archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore (now Cardinal) McCarrick. In spite of concerns about security, the dinner took place in the archdiocese’s chancery, not the White House. On January… Continue reading Sed Contra: Bush Courts the Catholics

Sed Contra: The Political Enigma of Catholic Minority Groups

Deal W. Hudson June 1, 2001 The top priority of Republican Party strategists over the last few years has been winning more support from two groups—religiously active voters and racial and ethnic minorities. In the case of Mass-attending Catholics who also belong to minority groups—Hispanic, Asian, and African-American—this outreach effort poses an intriguing question: Will… Continue reading Sed Contra: The Political Enigma of Catholic Minority Groups

The Real Meaning of the Real Presence

Deal W. Hudson June 1, 2001 Although the communion lines at Sunday Mass in American churches have perhaps never been longer, polls show that more than 60 percent of American Catholics say they do not believe in the “real presence”—that Jesus Christ is bodily present in the Eucharist. What does this mean? Are U.S. Catholics… Continue reading The Real Meaning of the Real Presence

Sed Contra: College at the Crossroads

Deal W. Hudson July 1, 2001 The University of Dallas (UD) has long been counted among a handful of strong Catholic colleges where committed Catholic parents can safely send their sons and daughters. Billing itself as “the Catholic university for independent thinkers,” UD is one of the top liberal arts universities in America. It is… Continue reading Sed Contra: College at the Crossroads