25 Years of Crisis

In 1982, Ralph Mclnerny and Michael Novak founded Catholicism in Crisis as a response to increasing liberalization among the bishops in the United States. Originally published by the Brownson Institute, the magazine was first based out of Notre Dame.

In 1984, the magazine moved to Washington, D.C., and shortly after that, the name was abbreviated to Crisis. The office was modest—a mere 750 square feet—and the staff was small. Nevertheless, editors Novak, Dinesh D’Souza, and Scott Walter quickly made Crisis an important and influential journal of Catholic opinion.

In February 1995, Deal W. Hudson assumed the responsibilities of publisher and editor. At the same time, the Brownson Institute gave ownership of Crisis to the Morley Publishing Group.

Two years later, Crisis expanded its office and staff, and circulation grew. In 2000, Crisis played an important part in the election of President George W. Bush, as much of the campaign’s outreach to Catholics followed the strategies outlined in the magazine.


In 2004, Hudson left his position as publisher of Crisis to found and lead the Morley Institute for Church and Culture. Brian Saint-Paul, Crisis‘s editor, assumed the publishing duties.

Now, in 2007, Crisis makes a major transition to the Internet. While the print industry is in decline, the market for truth remains. With your support and prayers, the mission that Crisis has carried out faithfully for 25 years may be extended for another quarter century.

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