Sed Contra: Delivering Bad News

Deal W. Hudson October 1, 2002 Some Crisis readers may be startled by the lead story in this issue, “The Price of Priestly Pederasty.” They might argue that such a story damages the Church’s reputation and hurts the Church’s evangelical outreach. While such arguments are plausible, they also can undermine Catholic journalism and its benefits… Continue reading Sed Contra: Delivering Bad News

Sed Contra: Better Late Than Never

Deal W. Hudson October 1, 2002 Representatives of a group called Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) started appearing in the media—mainly the Boston Globe—in the months following the revelations about sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston. Initially, the group appeared credible. I know many faithful Catholics added themselves to the organization’s mailing list, hoping… Continue reading Sed Contra: Better Late Than Never

Sed Contra: More Than a Mood

Deal W. Hudson July 1, 2002 In our recent “Christianity From the Outside” symposium (May 2002), Emmy Chang remarked that she is tempted by faith when she feels expansive emotions—the sight of a dearly loved friend makes her ready to believe that God exists. Yet she worries about a faith that is undermined by subjectivity… Continue reading Sed Contra: More Than a Mood

Sed Contra: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Bishops

Deal W. Hudson June 1, 2002 The April 24 communiqué from the meeting of the U.S. cardinals at the Vatican is really an agenda for the June meeting of the U.S. bishops in Dallas. Although the communiqué failed to spell out a “zero tolerance” policy for first-time sex abusers, its intent is clear: The communiqué,… Continue reading Sed Contra: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Bishops

Sed Contra: More Stories, Fewer Lectures

Deal W. Hudson April 1, 2002 In November, Crisis will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Since I arrived here six years ago, Crisis has become more a genuine magazine and less a journal—gradually publishing more articles based on original reporting. While this is expensive and requires more editorial attention, you have let us know that this… Continue reading Sed Contra: More Stories, Fewer Lectures

Sed Contra: Zogby’s Catholic Poll Misses the Point

Deal W. Hudson January 1, 2002 The Jesuits usually take pride in being up-to-date. Sadly though, their association with a recent poll of Catholics shows they’re willing to employ some truly outdated methodologies. Pollster John Zogby was commissioned by Le Moyne, a Jesuit college in Syracuse, New York, to conduct a series of polls measuring… Continue reading Sed Contra: Zogby’s Catholic Poll Misses the Point

Sed Contra: Lessons From Two Decades as a Catholic

FEBRUARY 1, 2002 Deal W. Hudson Twenty years ago this month, I was received into the Catholic Church. The late Archbishop Thomas Donellan of Atlanta had given Rev. Richard Lopez permission to perform my confirmation privately. Father Lopez chose the chapel at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the cancer home run by the Hawthorne Dominican… Continue reading Sed Contra: Lessons From Two Decades as a Catholic

An Interview with John Cornwell

By Deal W. Hudson John Cornwell is controversial. The best-selling author of Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII has been widely condemned both for the quality of his research and for the alleged heterodoxy of his Catholic faith. In his newest book, Breaking Faith: The Pope, the People, and the Fate of Catholicism,… Continue reading An Interview with John Cornwell

Bad Times in Nazareth

By Deal W. Hudson The angel Gabriel announced the birth of Christ at a town called Nazareth. Most people know that—it could be a $4,000 question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. What most people don’t know is that the largest church in the Middle East stands at the site: the Basilica of the… Continue reading Bad Times in Nazareth

Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev

By Deal W. Hudson Mikhail Gorbachev was the final president of the Soviet Union, serving from 1985 to 1991. His policies of perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness) led to the end of communism in the USSR and the birth of a new, democratic Russia. Currently, he heads the Gorbachev Foundation, an international think tank. He… Continue reading Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev