Feb 5, 2010 / 10:07 am
The editor of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) threw another punch on Thursday in his protracted battle with Inside Catholic’s Dr. Deal Hudson, an act that Catholic Online’s Editor-in-Chief Deacon Keith Fournier finds to be morally objectionable and filled with calumny.
On February 2, 2010, Joe Feuerherd posted an article to the NCR blog, entitled, “Dealing from the Bottom of the Deck,” in which he criticized Deal Hudson for his publication and promotion of information from the American Life League and Bellarmine Veritas Ministry. Hudson's statement accused the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and its director John Carr of being involved in promoting and funding pro-abortion and homosexual causes.
In response, Deacon Fournier published a response on February 4, saying that he “has no ‘dog in this fight,'” but that he could not ignore the “barrage of verbal bullets aimed directly at my friend Deal Hudson” in Joe Feuerherd's NCR blog posting.
The blog posting itself reminded readers that Deal Hudson is a “leader of efforts to get U.S. bishops to publicly confront pro-choice Catholic elected officials.” Hudson’s actions in this regard include advocating for the (successful) removal of the founder of Catholics for Kerry from his job at the USCCB, and organizing a fundraising effort for Senators who opposed the Freedom of Choice Act. Feuerherd’s posting also referred to a case in which Hudson was alleged to have had an improper relationship with a female student and described Hudson as a “thrice-married former Baptist minister.”