Deal W. Hudson

Deal W. Hudson is president of Catholic Advocate and author of Onward Christian Soldiers: The Growing Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States (Simon & Schuster, 2008).

Heeding Archbishop Gomez


If the GOP is to win back the White House in 2012, it cannot afford to alienate Catholic and Latino voters. Just as the shift of support from Catholic and Latino voters helped George W. Bush into the White House twice, it can do the same for Barack Obama. Because of its impact on these […]

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The Fury Behind Bill Keller’s Anti-Religious Rant


“And I care a lot if a candidate is going to be a Trojan horse for a sect that believes it has divine instructions on how we should be governed.” — Bill Keller, New York Times Magazine, August 25, 2011 Most people view the anti-Catholicism faced by John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential campaign […]

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Obama Faces Hard Times with Catholic Voters


When Barack Obama won 54 percent of the Catholic vote in the 2008 presidential election, commentators barely noticed that John McCain won a majority of the religiously-active Catholic vote (51 percent to 49 percent). This was a small margin, to be sure, but it doesn’t bode well for the 2012 presidential race, after all the […]

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Happiness Happens


God Wants You Happy: From Self-Help to God’s Help By Father Jonathan Morris (HarperOne, 224 pages, $24.99) Books on happiness are notorious, both in their number and their difficulty to write. I know, because as an author on the history of happiness I read most of them over a ten year period in my academic […]

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The Return of the Catholic Vote


The most accurate prognostication of the 2010 Catholic vote was made months ago when Rep. Bart Stupak (D, MI-01) decided not to run for reelection. Stupak, a “pro-life” Catholic, was the leader of a small hold-out group of House Democrats, also mostly Catholic, refusing to vote for a health care bill that included federal funding […]

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