The Exorcist Author Learns Death is a Lie

Deal W. Hudson April 25, 2015 A Book Review: William Peter Blatty, Finding Peter: A True Story of the Hand of Providence and Evidence of Life after Death Regnery Publishing, March 30, 2015 256 pages, $27.99 Honesty is rare, and when it’s found in a book such as this the effect is quite arresting and compelling.… Continue reading The Exorcist Author Learns Death is a Lie

The Search for True Happiness, Revisited

Deal W. Hudson May 5, 2015 Twenty years ago I published a book entitled, Happiness and the Limits of Satisfaction. It was a product of my academic years, making the book somewhat formidable to the average reader. However, a few good friends got through it, liked it, one of whom, the late Leo Linbeck, Jr., sent… Continue reading The Search for True Happiness, Revisited

House Will Vote on 5-Month Abortion Bill Next Week

Deal W. Hudson May 8, 2015 The House announced today it will vote on the Pain-Capable  Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797).  Also known as the “5-Month Abortion Limit” because it forbids all abortions — except in cases of rape and incest — after the fifth month of pregnancy. The House vote will occur near the… Continue reading House Will Vote on 5-Month Abortion Bill Next Week

Tomorrow is Never Guaranteed

Deal W. Hudson May 13, 2015 I have often been a passenger on the Amtrak train between DC and New York that derailed last night with such tragic results. I’ve always considered traveling by train extremely safe. This accident does not change my mind, though it’s a stark reminder that serious accidents can happen any time… Continue reading Tomorrow is Never Guaranteed

How Much Do I Hate “Mad Max: Fury Road”? Let Me Count the Ways

Deal W. Hudson May 24, 2015 I would never see a film such as “Mad Max: Fury Road,” but was persuaded by its ratings: 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, 89% on Metacritic, and 8.7 user rating on IMDB.com. These useful guides have rarely misled me but in this case, must wonder how so many good critics could be so… Continue reading How Much Do I Hate “Mad Max: Fury Road”? Let Me Count the Ways

From the Birthplace of St. Benedict — Music That Eases the Soul

Deal W. Hudson May 28, 2015 I’m writing this just after finishing a radio interview for “Church and Culture” with Fr. Basil Nixen, choirmaster at the Benedictine Monastery in Norcia, Italy, where St. Benedict himself was born in 480 A.D. A native of Yuma, AZ, Fr. Basil was a seminarian when, on the occasion of… Continue reading From the Birthplace of St. Benedict — Music That Eases the Soul

The Arrogance of Bob Schieffer and the Mainstream Media

Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for "CBS News" and anchor/moderator of "Face the Nation," works on the lineup at CBS in New York City on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. Mr. Schieffer once served as an Air Force public affairs officer in the 1960s at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Wagers)

Deal W. Hudson June 2, 2015 Bob Schieffer, a reporter at CBS since 1969, is retiring. As a prelude to his valedictory laps, he was interviewed on CBS Morning Show a few days ago.  He addressed the “revolution in the media,” stating the obvious: “We now don’t know where people get their news, but what we do… Continue reading The Arrogance of Bob Schieffer and the Mainstream Media

Dear Pope Francis, What Happened to “Who Am I To Judge?”

Deal W. Hudson June 22, 2015 At a large rally of young people in Turin yesterday, Pope Francis made some remarks that left me shaking my head. Here’s The Guardian‘s report of the Pope’s speech about war and politics: “If you trust only men you have lost. . . . It makes me think of . . .  people, managers,… Continue reading Dear Pope Francis, What Happened to “Who Am I To Judge?”

David Brooks Doesn’t Understand Love (But Who Does?)

Deal W. Hudson June 23, 2015 David Brooks offers an interesting, and mostly correct, a critique of the Pope Francis’s new encyclical, Laudato si‘, in his column, “Fracking and the Franciscans.” Brooks correctly points out: “You would never know from the encyclical that we are living through the greatest reduction in poverty in human history. A raw and… Continue reading David Brooks Doesn’t Understand Love (But Who Does?)