Bishop Gracida Calls Excommunication Over Immigration Policy “Scandalous”

Deal W. Hudson June 20, 2018 In a radio interview taped today with me, Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, sharply criticized comments made by Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tuscon regarding canonical penalties for civil servants implementing present immigration policy. “It’s scandalous for the bishop to say that! They did not write the law… Continue reading Bishop Gracida Calls Excommunication Over Immigration Policy “Scandalous”

Immigration and the Golden Ticket

Deal W. Hudson February 24, 2019 In the last decade, the topic of immigration has become as divisive in the Catholic Church as the issue of abortion. Like abortion, immigration is now at the center of national politics—it was the centerpiece of the 2016 presidential election. The election of 2020 promises more of the same… Continue reading Immigration and the Golden Ticket

So Much for Dialogue: Cardinal Tobin Talks Past Trump

Deal W. Hudson January 31, 2019 Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin published an opinion piece in the New York Times about “The ‘Ethics’ of Trump’s Border Wall” (January 30, 2019) Tobin’s argument is presumptuous, accusatory, and riddled with factual errors. In that way, it’s no different from most of what we read and hear from liberals who attack President Trump.… Continue reading So Much for Dialogue: Cardinal Tobin Talks Past Trump

A Catholic Bishop Threatening Excommunication Over Immigration Policy?

Deal W. Hudson June 20, 2018 Last week, Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson called upon his fellow bishops to issue a “prophetic statement” on immigration that would support “canonical penalties for Catholics who are involved” in implementing President Trump’s immigration policy. Why would the thought of excommunication even enter the mind of Bishop Weisenburger? Does… Continue reading A Catholic Bishop Threatening Excommunication Over Immigration Policy?

Pope Can’t Equate Caring for Immigrants With Abortion

Deal W. Hudson April 10, 2018 Pope Francis get’s it. He understands why 52 percent of Catholic voters helped to elect Donald Trump in the face of fierce resistance from nearly all the of the U.S. Bishops, and the pontiff himself. What Pope Francis gets is precisely what has historically pushed Catholic Democrats to vote… Continue reading Pope Can’t Equate Caring for Immigrants With Abortion

Catholic Bishops Caught in Conflict of Interest Over Immigration

Deal W. Hudson March 30, 2017 Since Donald Trump became president, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released ten statements regarding immigration. Each of these statements oppose the policies of the new administration regarding travel restrictions, building a security barrier, immigration resettlement, deportation, and sanctuary cities. However, what none of these statements disclose… Continue reading Catholic Bishops Caught in Conflict of Interest Over Immigration

Bishops Losing Their Moral Authority With Trump Rhetoric

<> at The Vatican on November 19, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican.

Deal W. Hudson February 6, 2017 During the 2016 election, I watched with disbelief, as all but a few Catholic bishops said nothing — in complicit silence — as Hillary Clinton, aggressively pro-abortion, ran for president. All the bishops did was attack Donald Trump on immigration and his promise to build a wall on the Mexican border.… Continue reading Bishops Losing Their Moral Authority With Trump Rhetoric

A Tea Party Thanksgiving

Deal W. Hudson Published November 24, 2010 Ask me what I am thankful for this year, and one of the first things that comes to mind is the social/political phenomenon of the Tea Party. To me, it represents a loud “enough is enough” – not only to the nonsense being perpetrated by the White House… Continue reading A Tea Party Thanksgiving

Sen. Rubio Attempts to Lead on Immigration

Deal W. Hudson Published May 14, 2013 Last week I signed, with several dozen other “conservatives,” a letter supporting the immigration legislation supported by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. My decision to sign was motivated, in part, by the ridiculous attacks on Sen. Rubio, such as that of the venerable National Review, which was once… Continue reading Sen. Rubio Attempts to Lead on Immigration