Deal steps down

Deal steps down

Deal Hudson sent out a new e-newsletter tonight announcing that he’s stepping down as publisher of Crisis as of January 1 in order to start up a new project. As is usual with these things, he puts everything in the best possible light and characterizes it as his decision and no one else’s. I wouldn’t expect anything else and that’s his right.

However, in tomorrow’s editions of the two major Washington dailies, as well as an upcoming issue of National Catholic Reporter, we’re going to be getting more of the story. They will report that other accusations of inappropriate behavior with women have been made. They will also report that certain members of the Crisis board have told Deal in no uncertain terms that he needs to step down as publisher.

Again, this is not me saying this. I’m just telling you what I’ve been told the newspapers will be reporting. (I have to say that because some people will accuse me of attacking Deal, which I’m not.)

Update: Here is the Washington Times article.

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  • We went to Rome in October.  I looked foward to this trip for many years.  I was very disappointed.  The people had no joy and I didn’t see any one laughing or even smiling the entire ten days.  It was unexpected but very noticable.  I was also taken back by how dirty it was .  I didn’t expect that.

    I enjoyed all the beautiful things we got to see (especially the Vatican) but I would not go back again. 

    I did not feel safe there with my children.

  • Sorry, but if anyone is interested there is a book by Oriana Fallaci called “The Rage and the Pride” that deals with this from an Italians point of view.  It is very good.

  • The sexual abuse scandal was national, even global, everywhere, and dire—Expect a march with pitchforks and torches on the episcopal palaces.  It continues.  It is not history.

    Every parish closing is regrettable, and a lack of involvement of the parishioners more so, but it is a local issue.

  • Our Muslim neighbor has 6 children, and more are on the way. However, I read that recently there was poll taken of graduating seniors at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. One question concerned birth control. According to the poll, after four years in a Catholic school environment, about 95 percent of the graduating seniors at that Catholic college reject the teaching of the Catholic Church on the use of artificial contraception in marriage.  I don;t know if the situation in Europe is similar, but birth figures and statistics point to the possibility of a general acceptance of contraceptive methods.  One alarming thing, is that some methods of birth control such as the pill and the IUD cause abortions in many cases. According to an article in the BBC:
    “Dr Cynthia Jones-Nosacek – a family doctor in Milwaukee – now refuses to prescribe the Pill. She opposes it on moral grounds, arguing it is a form of abortion.

    “The contraceptive pill doesn’t always prevent ovulation. As often as 30% of the time, ovulation may occur and if that happens, fertilisation may occur,” Dr Jones-Nosacek says.

    “Then there are other mechanisms that can prevent that being from surviving. It’s called a chemical abortion.” ”

  • Dom –

    When you reference “two major Washington dailies, as well as an upcoming issue of National Catholic Reporter” could you at least provide sources for you information?  Links, preferably.  We don’t need another Catholic publication sliding into Dan Rather territory.

    – WB

  • I could not provide links because the stories weren’t out yet. I resent your insinuation that I am engaged in dishonest practice.

    Through my contacts I was informed that several media outlets were preparing stories. I do not care to tell you who my sources are.

    Once again I have to remind everyone that a blog is not a media outlet. It is a personal and public journal of my opinions. It does not follow the rules of journalism. I don’t have to source stuff I say.

    That said, here is the Washington Times article: http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20040921-114801-5122r.htm

  • I just read the email in my inbox, and the WaTimes article. Good luck to you in your new endeavors, Mr. Hudson. Sounds like it was time for you to go.

    Its like $25 bucks a year to subscribe, and with 32,000 subs, thats $800,000 gross, before any expenses, and he made $125,000? What a great job.

  • I just read the email in my inbox, and the WaTimes article. Good luck to you in your new endeavors, Mr. Hudson. Sounds like it was time for you to go.

    Its like $25 bucks a year to subscribe, and with 32,000 subs, thats $800,000 gross, before any expenses, and he made $125,000? What a great job.

  • To be fair, that doesn’t include advertising revenues or donations. I’m not one to quibble over what a man gets paid for his job, and to be frank, $125,000 to be editor of one of the top Catholic magazines isn’t bad. (So says a Catholic journalist who wouldn’t mind having that job either.)

  • To be fair, that doesn’t include advertising revenues or donations. I’m not one to quibble over what a man gets paid for his job, and to be frank, $125,000 to be editor of one of the top Catholic magazines isn’t bad. (So says a Catholic journalist who wouldn’t mind having that job either.)

  • I expressed my self poorly – I did not mean to suggest that you were sliding into Dan Rather territory.  I was attempting to refer to Crisis.  My apologies to all I offended.

  • I expressed my self poorly – I did not mean to suggest that you were sliding into Dan Rather territory.  I was attempting to refer to Crisis.  My apologies to all I offended.

  • Oh, I’m sorry too, WB. I’m a little sensitive since the last time I even mentioned Deal Hudson I was accused of all kinds of things I never said. I hope this ugly episode just fades away, but I don’t think it will unfortunately.

  • Oh, I’m sorry too, WB. I’m a little sensitive since the last time I even mentioned Deal Hudson I was accused of all kinds of things I never said. I hope this ugly episode just fades away, but I don’t think it will unfortunately.

  • When I was in Ireland last year I had occasion to see someone in a building which housed the area public medical center.  The waiting room was full. The number of non-irish patients there while not near a majority was significant. One go used to seeing middle-easterner in even small villages.
    If we can see this, the europeans can see it. So, does anyone know where (other than the USA) the wealthy and the elites are sending their money? It ain’t over till the money leaves.

  • When I was in Ireland last year I had occasion to see someone in a building which housed the area public medical center.  The waiting room was full. The number of non-irish patients there while not near a majority was significant. One go used to seeing middle-easterner in even small villages.
    If we can see this, the europeans can see it. So, does anyone know where (other than the USA) the wealthy and the elites are sending their money? It ain’t over till the money leaves.

  • When I was in Ireland last year I had occasion to see someone in a building which housed the area public medical center.  The waiting room was full. The number of non-irish patients there while not near a majority was significant. One go used to seeing middle-easterner in even small villages.
    If we can see this, the europeans can see it. So, does anyone know where (other than the USA) the wealthy and the elites are sending their money? It ain’t over till the money leaves.

  • When I was in Ireland last year I had occasion to see someone in a building which housed the area public medical center.  The waiting room was full. The number of non-irish patients there while not near a majority was significant. One go used to seeing middle-easterner in even small villages.
    If we can see this, the europeans can see it. So, does anyone know where (other than the USA) the wealthy and the elites are sending their money? It ain’t over till the money leaves.

  • When I was in Ireland last year I had occasion to see someone in a building which housed the area public medical center.  The waiting room was full. The number of non-irish patients there while not near a majority was significant. One go used to seeing middle-easterner in even small villages.
    If we can see this, the europeans can see it. So, does anyone know where (other than the USA) the wealthy and the elites are sending their money? It ain’t over till the money leaves.

  • When I was in Ireland last year I had occasion to see someone in a building which housed the area public medical center.  The waiting room was full. The number of non-irish patients there while not near a majority was significant. One go used to seeing middle-easterner in even small villages.
    If we can see this, the europeans can see it. So, does anyone know where (other than the USA) the wealthy and the elites are sending their money? It ain’t over till the money leaves.

  • When I was in Ireland last year I had occasion to see someone in a building which housed the area public medical center.  The waiting room was full. The number of non-irish patients there while not near a majority was significant. One go used to seeing middle-easterner in even small villages.
    If we can see this, the europeans can see it. So, does anyone know where (other than the USA) the wealthy and the elites are sending their money? It ain’t over till the money leaves.

  • I’m kinda torn on this one. I guess this can be scored as a successful hit by the NCReporter on Hudson. On another level, there seems to be some “current problems” that certain contributors to Crisis did not want to be associated with.

    I must say I saw an interview on EWTN by Deal Hudson with an articulate young women on his staff.  Dale gave me the creeps and she, too, was visibly uncomfortable with his questions.  Real odd.

    As a New Oxford Review subscriber, I can say I have some disagreements with the tactics and attitudes displayed in Crisis magazine.

  • I’m kinda torn on this one. I guess this can be scored as a successful hit by the NCReporter on Hudson. On another level, there seems to be some “current problems” that certain contributors to Crisis did not want to be associated with.

    I must say I saw an interview on EWTN by Deal Hudson with an articulate young women on his staff.  Dale gave me the creeps and she, too, was visibly uncomfortable with his questions.  Real odd.

    As a New Oxford Review subscriber, I can say I have some disagreements with the tactics and attitudes displayed in Crisis magazine.

  • WB—a suggestion?  Perhaps next time someone says “two Washington dailies” you could remember that they are the Post and the Times, and look up their websites.  That’s what I did at 2:45 am when I first saw this post.  Sometimes the blogger has to believe that he/she can rely on his/her reader’s abilities.

  • WB—a suggestion?  Perhaps next time someone says “two Washington dailies” you could remember that they are the Post and the Times, and look up their websites.  That’s what I did at 2:45 am when I first saw this post.  Sometimes the blogger has to believe that he/she can rely on his/her reader’s abilities.

  • R & B: The her baby in Ireland she, her husband and family could apply for and receive residency. One estimate noted that 45-50% of female asylum seekers were visibly pregnant.

    In 2003 the law was changed so that you didn

    In one of the Boston clusters, parish council members are saying that the final meeting was postponed a few times, and then set on a night with a snowstorm, with the result that some parishes were not represented by lay members.

    In many clusters, the meetings were run by clergy living within the territory, creating conflicts of interest.  In that Boston cluster, the meeting was run by the same vicar who was to make recommendations based on the meeting’s outcome.  It amounted to a quick rubber-stamp on his own recommendations prepared in advance. 

    There are reasonable grounds for objecting to a manipulation of the process, in the cases where it’s happened. 

  • Personally I’ve been disillusioned with Crisis for a while now and had determined not to renew my subscription when it ran out.  With the change at the top, I might revise that opinion.  We’ll see what the change will engender.

  • Personally I’ve been disillusioned with Crisis for a while now and had determined not to renew my subscription when it ran out.  With the change at the top, I might revise that opinion.  We’ll see what the change will engender.

  • I’m rather disturbed at some of the actions of the other “influential columnists” McInerny, Neuhaus, Novak, etc are calling for him to resign-and what is with Peggy Noonan not coming to be a speaker for their event?  Why does it seem that they are distancing themselves from him?

    I mean, if Mark Shea is correct and if we believe Hudson, this DID happen, he DID repent, he did reconcile, he did make restitution…why do they feel they need to pull away from him? Any thoughts?

  • I’m rather disturbed at some of the actions of the other “influential columnists” McInerny, Neuhaus, Novak, etc are calling for him to resign-and what is with Peggy Noonan not coming to be a speaker for their event?  Why does it seem that they are distancing themselves from him?

    I mean, if Mark Shea is correct and if we believe Hudson, this DID happen, he DID repent, he did reconcile, he did make restitution…why do they feel they need to pull away from him? Any thoughts?

  • As I said when this first broke, Jen, the fact that the people who best know Deal Hudson were not coming to his defense was indicative that they knew, or had reason to suspect, that there was more to this story than one incident at Fordham way back when. Don’t be naive about this. Novak and others aren’t. They have reputations to protect too.

  • As I said when this first broke, Jen, the fact that the people who best know Deal Hudson were not coming to his defense was indicative that they knew, or had reason to suspect, that there was more to this story than one incident at Fordham way back when. Don’t be naive about this. Novak and others aren’t. They have reputations to protect too.

  • I’ve had a chance to think about this a bit more (and had enough coffee to activate the few brain cells I still have) and I’m torn on this issue.

    I’m a convert so the last couple of years have been pretty tough.  I’ve lost count of the number of protestants who (referring to the priestly abuse scandal) have said, “so – still think that this is Church Christ had in mind?”

    NCR’s article was a hit piece designed with a political agenda, no doubt about that.  Recent polls show that a majority of Catholics now tend to support Bush, a demographic that used to be solidly (or even reflexively) democratic.  To obviously liberal NCR this must have been an unpleasant surprise.  Was the Deal hit piece a response to this shift in the polls?  If so, then it seems to me to be an arrow aimed at the wrong target.

    If it wasnagree with the Michigan on much but on this statement? Right on. Mister Hudson is pretty much an unknown. Actually, the magazine is more known (although not all that much) than the former publisher.

    Like the last go ‘round, I’m thinking this is pretty much a non-story.

    Kelly <————except for those of us who keep commenting on it wink

  • I’ve had a chance to think about this a bit more (and had enough coffee to activate the few brain cells I still have) and I’m torn on this issue.

    I’m a convert so the last couple of years have been pretty tough.  I’ve lost count of the number of protestants who (referring to the priestly abuse scandal) have said, “so – still think that this is Church Christ had in mind?”

    NCR’s article was a hit piece designed with a political agenda, no doubt about that.  Recent polls show that a majority of Catholics now tend to support Bush, a demographic that used to be solidly (or even reflexively) democratic.  To obviously liberal NCR this must have been an unpleasant surprise.  Was the Deal hit piece a response to this shift in the polls?  If so, then it seems to me to be an arrow aimed at the wrong target.

    If it wasnt to get worse before it gets better. For before the Resurrection is the Crucifixion. Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.

  • Iome in due time. His time aybe, but I don’t think so.

    P.S. Noonan,  Schall, and McInerny fans…be kind to me. I’m not saying they’re bad people, for heaven’s sake.

  • There is an attack going on, no doubt.

    Yes, there is an attack, and I think one of the problems in the Church over the past few decades has been a sort of willful ignorance about the reality of evil.  I just read the book An Exorcist: More Stories (yes, I read the second book first), and found it very intriguing.  I highly recommend it to all.

    Also, I keep in mind that we are constantly having information thrown at us by the plethora of newsmedia outlets that now exist, and it wasn’t that way in the past.  The Church has always gone through scandals of varying degrees, but we didn’t always know about it as quickly or loudly as we do now, or have a constant barrage of talking heads to give their own analysis on every detail of every issue.  I’m not trying to downplay the current scandals, which are terrible, but only suggesting that we should try to keep it in perspective and not get too caught up in the media whirlwind, which I think sometimes is also a tool of the devil.

  • Courage, WB!  Those of us who are ten days.  It was unexpected but very noticable.  I was also taken back by how dirty it was .  I didn’t expect that.

    I enjoyed all the beautiful things we got to see (especially the Vatican) but I would not go back again. 

    I did not feel safe there with my children.

  • WBeckham, you’d be surprised at how many Catholics there are who’ve never heard of Deal Hudson or Crisis Magazine.  If much money is being spent trying to change the great crowd of voting Catholics’ minds by hammering magazines, it’s probably money pretty much wasted.

    Wanna mobilize Catholics?  Talk about war, national security, immigrants from God-knows-where and money.  Those are the issues,  my friend.

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