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August 19, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

MORALITY....Jeanne d'Arc has a question:

Does Karl Rove know so few Catholics he couldn't find one who doesn't have a history of getting teenage girls drunk and then having sex with them?

That's an attention getter, Jeanne!

The Catholic in question is Deal Hudson, publisher of Crisis magazine, which trades in articles like....oh, "The Death of Morality" from the current issue, which informs us portentiously that "In seeking to remove the divinely ordained natural sexual distinction, we have moved beyond perversion to cosmological rebellion."

Anyhoo, turns out that Hudson was forced to leave Fordham University ten years ago after getting a freshman co-ed drunk and then, um, performing some divinely ordained natural sexual acts with her. If you get my meaning.

Yesterday, realizing that this was all about to be exposed, Hudson wrote in National Review that "No one regrets my past mistakes more than I do" though without actually acknowledging what those mistakes were and then promptly started complaining that his past was being dug up for base political reasons. Still, he doesn't want this to become a problem for George Bush, so he's resigned as an advisor to the Bush campaign effective immediately.

The funny thing, though, is that I don't care about that. My guess is that there are a lot of campaign advisors with skeletons in their closets.

No, what I really want to know is whether the folks at Crisis knew all this when they originally hired Hudson as their editor and publisher. After all, a magazine whose very mission is passionate condemnations of the breakdown of morality in modern society ought to expect moral behavior from its top execs, right?

Then again, William "Bookie of Virtue" Bennett is still on their advisory board, so perhaps not. But at least we know just how seriously to take their moral fulminating in the future, don't we?

UPDATE: The reporter who broke this story, Joe Feuerherd of the National Catholic Reporter, has some more background here. It sure sounds like an awful lot of people have known about Hudson's background for a long time.

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