Life in the sandbox

deal_hudsonGetReligion tried to find humor in the story of the Kerry campaign’s unfortunate choice of a liaison to churches, so fair is fair: Joe Feuerherd of the National Catholic Reporter has written a devastating profile of Deal Hudson, editor of Crisis and the Bush campaign’s newly resigned adviser on Catholic issues.

Feuerherd reports on a trail of failed marriages in Hudson’s life, and the most disturbing allegations — about sexual involvement with a first-year student at Fordham University — follow Hudson’s conversion to Catholicism.

Possibly the most pertinent quote in the profile is what Hudson said after he took on Ono Ekeh, host of a “Catholics for Kerry” website, who lost his job at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for African American Catholics: “If you’re going to play in the sandbox, then you have to take the consequences of your public utterances and your public actions.”

Sometimes those consequences come at the hands of a reporter who knows how to follow the scent of a story.

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  • http://www.kellner.us Mark Kellner

    “Sometimes those consequences come at the hands of a reporter who knows how to follow the scent of a story.”

    And sometimes, those consequences come at the hands of university administrators and attorneys — Dr. Hudson gave up his tenured Fordham professorship and, reportedly, $30,000 — and are then dug up by an agenda-driven publication ten years later.

    Dr. Hudson’s sins are exposed, despite his repenting before God and to those against whom he transgressed. The man’s marriage continues, and now his children, one of whom is a teen, get the exquisite pleasure of a graphic recounting of what their daddy has allegedly done.

    That may seem like “justice” to some people. I call it a hit job; my prayers are with Deal Hudson, even if they should be with those who expose sin needlessly, in my opinion.

  • Doug Sirman

    One wonders if certain other writers of NCR would’ve lept to Hudson’s defense had he used parishoner’s money to pay $450,000 to a same-sex lover. Oh, wait a minute…

  • Mike Duke

    Oh come on!!!

    This guy has been hoisted on his own petard. “If you want to play in the Sandbox….”. He was asking for this to come out.

    This is the information age. Stuff like this is GOING to come out. All it takes is one juicy revelation by e-mail and the world knows in 24 hours. Get with the program, wake up and understand the real world we are living in.

    Most of us are not trying to promote ourselves as a leading neo-Conservative Catholics and having regular conference calls with the President of the USA.

    Deal Hudson was doing just that!

    Despite paying $30,000 to this 18 year old student in compensation back in 1995 (with a hush clause) he THEN went on to write articles like this.

    http://www.catholicity.com/commentary/hudson/collegesurvey.html

    entitled (wait for it). Are Your Kids Safe In A Catholic College?

    (Evidently they were not with you Hudson).

    Now I am no Angel, but I think I have enough humility and prudence and enough leftover guilt that I wouldn’t want to write an article like that with a serious sin of abusing a student in my own past.

    I’d stick to other subject matter.

    The surprise to me is not so much that a 44 year old thrice married (twice annuled) American Catholic is tempted to have a trist with a vunerable student under his tutulage.

    What surprises me is WHY WE CANNOT FIND SOMEONE WITH A BETTER PEDIGREE THAN DEAL HUDSON TO ACT AS A PUBLIC CATHOLIC FIGURE IN THE USA?

  • Marion R.

    “Now I am no Angel, but I think I have enough humility and prudence and enough leftover guilt that I wouldn’t want to write an article like that ["Are Your Kids Safe In A Catholic College?"] with a serious sin of abusing a student in my own past.”

    Precisely! That’s exactly why I never bother to read the writings of Peter. After all, he denied Christ three times. What a hypocrite!

    And Paul, why he kept right on sinning even while he wrote his epistles! And he said so! Flagrant hypocrisy!

    In fact, I never listen to anything said by someone guilty of grevious sin. Nope, can’t stand those hypocrites.

    Why just the other day I was thinking about Vietnam and war crimes and . . . .

  • http://weblog.theviewfromthecore.com ELC

    “WHY WE CANNOT FIND SOMEONE WITH A BETTER PEDIGREE THAN DEAL HUDSON TO ACT AS A PUBLIC CATHOLIC FIGURE IN THE USA?” Because ours is a fallen race?


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