.- Tom Roberts, editor of the liberal weekly newspaper National Catholic Reporter wrote an editorial column yesterday expressing his resentment with the conservative National Review for blowing up a story the Reporter was preparing against Catholic leader Deal Hudson.
On Wednesday, Hudson, editor of the Catholic monthly Crisis Magazine, wrote a column called âThe Price of Politics: Getting ahead of a potential distraction,â warning that his past was being dug up for political reasons â âin an attempt to undermine the causes I have fought for: the defense of Church teachings on life, the priesthood, the authority of the Pope, and the need for faithful Catholic participation in politics.â
Hudsonâs head start prompted Roberts to post an angry editorial column in which he says it is âintriguing that the National Review would allow its Web site to be used in such a fashion.â
âThe National Review allowed Hudson to characterize the unpublished story, which was still in the process of being written âwrites Roberts- as an unfair look at his personal life.â
The four-page article that was âstill in the process of being written,â appeared suddenly on Thursday at the National Catholic Reporterâs website.
The story, as National Reviewâs column predicted, was centered on Hudsonâs past moral flaws down to the details.
Roberts justified the article, written by the Reporterâs correspondent in Washington, by saying that Hudson âis a public figure, seeking the spotlight and rubbing elbows regularly with the most powerful in the land,â who âwields his power with a bravado that rarely shuns the limelight.â
Responding ironically to Robertsâ justification, Catholic League President William Donohue said also on Thursday that âeffective today, the Catholic League has a new requirement for all future employees: all candidates must show proof of being immaculately conceived, that is, they must demonstrate that they were conceived without sin.â
âYou see, unlike the puritans at the NCR, we at the Catholic League are sinners,â he added.
According to Donohue, Tom Roberts âcannot defend a single Catholic teaching on sexuality. I know, because I made this charge to him on national TV and he could not respond.â
âYet he is the same person who says the reason he decided to âoutâ Deal Hudson is because Hudson had criticized Ono Ekeh, founder of Catholics for Kerry,â he also said.
âTake note, people: this is their understanding of what it means to be Catholic,â Donohue concluded.