Interpreting Bart Stupak

Deal W. Hudson Published December 28, 2009 In 1917, Wallace Stevens published “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” a poem now firmly ensconced in every anthology of American poetry. Generations of students have read it as a lesson in perspectivism – how the imagination can see the same thing under a variety of guises. Bart… Continue reading Interpreting Bart Stupak

An Evening with Justice Blackmun on the Anniversary of Roe

Deal W. Hudson January 21, 2010 It was the summer of 1993 – 20 years after Roe v. Wade – and I was teaching a seminar at the Aspen Institute in Colorado with Mortimer Adler. Adler, famous for his Great Books approach to philosophy, was in his late 80s then and had asked for my… Continue reading An Evening with Justice Blackmun on the Anniversary of Roe

The Trouble With Mitt Romney’s Pro-Life Conversion

Deal W. Hudson Published December 27, 2007 Mitt Romney, by his own admission, was a pro-abortion governor of Massachusetts. That changed on November 8, 2004 in his second term during a conversation with Dr. Douglas Melton from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. According to Romney, Dr. Melton dismissed the “moral issue” of cloning embryos for… Continue reading The Trouble With Mitt Romney’s Pro-Life Conversion

Chris Matthews, John Allen, and Odious Comparisons

Deal W. Hudson Published February 10, 2011 John Allen, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, routinely uses the phrase “Taliban Catholicism” to describe “an exaggerated allergy to anything that smacks of secularism, liberalization, or corruption by modernity – an angry form of the faith that knows only how to excoriate and condemn.” Allen says… Continue reading Chris Matthews, John Allen, and Odious Comparisons