By Deal W. Hudson Political Participation •Catholics are obliged to participate in politics by voting. •Legislators are elected to serve and protect the common good, human dignity, and rights of human persons. •Voters should have a clear understanding of the principles of Catholic moral and social teaching. •The life issues are dominant in the hierarchy… Continue reading How to Vote Catholic-In Brief
Deal W Hudson “Social conservatism” has long been the Good Housekeeping brand in pro-life politics. Its usefulness, however, has come to an end, not because the moral commitments it signifies are any less important, but because politics is about attracting voters. A new language that in no way compromises the principles of life, marriage, and… Continue reading Pro-Life Voters and the Culture
Deal W. Hudson Voting • Catholics are obliged to participate in politics by voting. • Legislators are elected to serve and protect the common good, human dignity, and rights of human persons. • Voters should have a clear understanding of the principles of Catholic moral and social teaching. • The life issues are dominant in… Continue reading How to Vote Catholic: A Brief Guide
Deal W. Hudson Introduction Catholics make up about 30 percent of those who vote in national elections. These 30 million Catholics have the power to make our country a better nation—more welcoming to life, more supportive of families, and more effective in its programs to help the poor and marginalized. Furthermore, Catholics who attend Mass… Continue reading How to Vote Catholic
Deal Hudson Published March 10, 2012 Most conversations in Washington these days end up running down the list of likely GOP candidates who will run for the presidential nomination in 2012. The strengths and weaknesses of Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and Haley Barbour are quickly… Continue reading The 2012 Dark Horse?
Deal Hudson Published May 29, 2012 When asked in 1999 to lead Governor Bush’s Catholic outreach, I assumed the chief obstacle to overcome was the deeply embedded loyalty to a distorted version of the “seamless garment” found in many of the Catholic institutions of our nation. Under this brand, the Catholic concern for the most… Continue reading The Clerical Smile–The Chief Obstacle to Catholic Political Participation
Deal W. Hudson Published June 12, 2012 Any earnest Catholic who either runs for political office, or is attempting to hold office, deserves both our admiration and our prayers. Because it is the Catholic politician, more than the politician who identifies with other religious traditions, who finds himself or herself immersed in a series of… Continue reading Five Things Every Catholic Politician Needs to Know
Deal W. Hudson Published September 28, 2012 The head of a pro-life committee at a parish I know just received a call from the Obama campaign. The caller asked for her daughter by name, and when she was not there then asked where she could be contacted. Her mother responded by telling the Obama supporter,… Continue reading Catholics Prepare for Obama Phone Calls