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Deal W. Hudson: The Self-Examination of a Politically Active Catholic Comments

When the results of the November 6 election became clear early that evening, I realized it was time not for finger-pointing; it was time for self-examination.  Continue Reading

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  1. blacksheep09
    2 years ago

    Great article with many valid point's; the Catholic and other Christian Church's voted for evil, I wonder how many Confessor's heard that, my guess is zero. The Falling Away continues and the pews become filled with goats and wolves, I pray wisdom for the leadership and conviction for the true believers. The lost need to prayed for, but not absolved of the wickedness they have commited without repentance. We as a nation are responsible for policing the wicked from our ranks and have failed. We cleave to the world and I say "No, my household will follow the Lord!"

  2. judy claar
    2 years ago

    I too, enjoyed your thought provoking article, along with those who posted. I ask you to read my post to Vance, on the article entitled: "Atheist Insists On Lose-Lose Scenario In Nativity Fight".
    That response could have very well gone here. Blessings...

  3. Nan Balfour
    2 years ago

    I appreciate the comments both from Mr. Hudson and the commentators. Being a faithful Catholic is really hard. I understand more everyday why we are called the Church Militant; we have to fight spiritual battles in society and in our own hearts every single minute of every single day. None of us could make it without the consolation of our God who traveled through the narrow gate before us. My response after the election was that I just have to be more faithful because though I am depressed about the results, I have no business being in despair. Jesus is Hope and we have to trust as difficult as it can be because where else can we go? He has the words of Eternal Life. Practice virtue, persevere, fight the good fight and race to win; visit the sacraments, pray and discern our path in Jesus; this is what we are called to do. Fortunately because we have a loving and generous God, we will find happiness in the struggle . . . . sometimes it is just hidden in the details. God Bless Us All.

  4. JAMES
    2 years ago

    Mr. Hudson: Thank you for baring your heart and soul. I can relate to your soul searching as you review your thought and attitidues this past election cycle. For the sake of His sorrowful Passoin may He have mercy on us and on the whole world. Yes, we must spesk the truth in Love and even cry out for the souls who will be lost unless they repent and believe the Gospel. We are truly ambassadors for christ, first and foremost. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church--- and that includes dry maryrdum as well. God Bless you.

  5. Chris
    2 years ago

    The strongest warriors on Earth need rest too, to be relieved by the guard who will take their turn at the gates. There are some brave and tired soldiers ready for their R&R, only to come back when called upon stronger than before.

    The next guard is sleeping; how shall we awaken them?

    "You know why people become Christians, it's because of love, God's love. People are burdened with guilt, with their sins and failures. They need and want forgiveness, redemption from the past, hope for the future, they want a happier life and to be with God in eternity."

  6. Mathew Thankachen O.Praem
    2 years ago

    I appreciate the introspection made by Mr. Hudson of his ' catholic political intervention' and his earnestness to translate catholic values in to civic and political life of the Nation. I like the way he links politics with Evangelization. The more the Nation fails to put into practice the human values, catholic values, the greater will be the responsibility to evangelize. However, as the hierarchical Church is separated from politics, the leaders of the Church only make aware of the faithful to take proper leadership and choice while the bishops and clergy keeping away from ' party politics'. It comes within the purview of ' teaching and purifying'. It's no matter who wins or who loses, rather a good number of catholic community put up a good fight to stand for catholic values in the civic life that matters. After all, the followers of flock has always been the " little flock" in its history. Numerically, Europe grew into a bigger flock, but they failed to keep up the spirit of the " little flock" - viz. " humility" within . Pride, weather of Church or society will always destroy . It is the history of Israels and many other nations. If America doesn't truly follow the tenets of Christ and the Church, the very Christian community will gradually be annihilated and will be ruled over by someone else like the Biblical deportation.
    Mathew Thankachen O.praem

  7. Bob
    2 years ago

    "The person who does not become irate when he has cause to be sins.
    For an unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices.
    If fosters negligence and stimulates not only the wicked, but above all, the good to do wrong."

    St John Chrysostom Doctor of the Church.

    Even if Everyone is doing something wrong, it is still wrong.

    Do NOT be sorry for speaking out and getting angry. We should all be more than a little irate!

  8. Kasoy
    2 years ago

    Let's heed the call of the Pope to a New Evangelization to change the hearts of men to see the Truth and regain their faith in God. St. Francis said when you evangelize, SOMETIMES you have to speak. Mr. Hudson, as a nationally recognized Catholic leader like Deacon Fournier, why not organize a national program that will address one or two of the major problems of poor Americans? It may start with a simple donation campaign to fund that program - a campaign that is patterned after the "Widow's Mite or the Five Loaves and Two Fishes" principle - small, but regular donations from all US Catholics collected every 1st Sunday of the month at every parish that will all go to the national fund that will finance the program. No small donation is without value if done cheerfully out of love. With trust in God's providence the "five loaves and two fishes" program can achieve great things (feed "five thousand people"). When people see the charitable program that faithful Catholics support, they may say as the ancient Roman pagans said of the early Christians, "See how they love one another" (Tertullian) which may sow the seed to convert their hearts. Love will set our politics right.

    Jesus revealed to Sis. Josefa Menendez, "Nothing that is done in love is small. No, there are no small things in my sight, for the very force of love makes them great."

  9. vance
    2 years ago

    This is not a failure of tone, rather it is a failure of the Bishops and priests to communicate to the faithful. It's been my experience for over 60 years that the Bishops and priests do not use the pulpit to defend life or the Holy Sacrament of Marriage. They don't defend virtue, honesty, virginity, or holiness. They are our 'Leaders'. If they won't lead, then they need to step down and go do something else.

  10. Janusz
    2 years ago

    Dear Mr. Hudson, the time has come to realize that the majority of voters during the last elections feel differently than those of us who follow the teachings of Jesus' Catholic Church. It has nothing to do with the "tone of the message" and the sooner we recognize it the less time we will spend/waste looking for the faults in ouselves while the other side continues their, YES, murderous ways!
    There nothing wrong with getting angry, even Jesus did more than once, according to the scriptures....How can we remain calm and composed while the Holocost against the unborn children continues and 50% of "catholics" vote for the Preident and his party who support this attrocity! I could go on, but will just say, Let's Get it Right for a Change!

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