Jesuit University President Attacks George Weigel

Deal W. Hudson March 29, 2008 The February 20 issue of the Denver Catholic Register published a column on the Jesuits titled “Some Questions for Father General” by George Weigel. In response, the president of the University of San Francisco, Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J., published “Attack on Jesuits Out of Place” in Catholic San Francisco, the archdiocesan… Continue reading Jesuit University President Attacks George Weigel

Sed Contra: Reading Madeline St. John

Deal W. Hudson September 1, 2000 Crisis readers, I am sure, will want to know about the recent publication by Carroll & Graf of three novels by Madeleine St John (pronounced “sin-gin”), an Anglican and a Londoner, of Australian birth. St John’s work deserves to be widely read by Catholics who are in the habit… Continue reading Sed Contra: Reading Madeline St. John

Sed Contra: Mortimer J. Adler, Catholic

Deal W. Hudson July 1, 2000 The most influential American philosopher of the 20th century was received into the Church this past December. Those familiar with the trajectory of Mortimer Adler’s work, not just the Great Books Program, should not be surprised. Born December 28, 1902, Mortimer has been a Catholic philosopher all his long… Continue reading Sed Contra: Mortimer J. Adler, Catholic

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

Seeking a New Visual Literacy

Deal W. Hudson December 13, 2014 The first commercial television network, the DuMont Television Network, began to broadcast in 1946, but programming was limited to viewers between New York and Washington, DC. Over the next two years, NBC, ABC, and CBS began regional broadcasting. It wasn’t until 1951 that national broadcasting emerged with all four… Continue reading Seeking a New Visual Literacy

A Letter from China

Deal W. Hudson December 16, 2014 Publisher’s note: This past September I had the great privilege of visiting China to help with the work of the University Foundation Education Instruction Centre. Alan Zou, its president, and Phil Sheldon, vice president and son of the well-known evangelical leader Lou Sheldon, are evangelical Christians who started this ministry to… Continue reading A Letter from China

How Catholic Universities Fool Their Donors

By Deal W. Hudson During my eight years at Crisis, the conversation that most often reoccurs is the one about the fate of the Catholic university and college. It begins inevitably with an alumnus complaining about the latest anti-Catholic outbreak on the hallowed grounds of their former college campus and ends with their asking me… Continue reading How Catholic Universities Fool Their Donors

How to Vote Catholic: Part II-Marriage and the Family

By Deal W. Hudson “A man and a woman united in marriage, together with their children, form a family. This institution is prior to any recognition by public au­thority, which has an obligation to recognize it. It should be considered the normal reference point by which the different forms of family rela­tionship are to be… Continue reading How to Vote Catholic: Part II-Marriage and the Family

Why Catholics Should Reject the Jesus Seminar

Published December 1, 1999 Deal W. Hudson Normally the average Catholic need not worry about a group of academicians who meet every year to discuss the “historicity” of the Gospels. These debates have been going on inside ivy walls for over a century. But with the recent national road-show of the Jesus Seminar, founded in… Continue reading Why Catholics Should Reject the Jesus Seminar

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

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