Questions Raised About New President of CUA

More than a few eyebrows were raised when the new president of The Catholic University of America was named: John H. Garvey, Dean of the Boston College School of Law. 

Most people know Boston College, in recent years, has become the epicenter of Catholic dissent.  And although Garvey is was not a name familiar to me, I wasn’t suprised to read the following at

In 2007, Mr. Garvey was criticized by the Cardinal Newman Society when the law school named as its commencement speaker Rep. Edward J. Markey, an abortion proponent with a 100% ‘pro-choice’ voting record. “Congressman Ed Markey is one of the most distinguished graduates of Boston College Law School, whose career of public service reflects the very best values and traditions of the School,” said Mr. Garvey. “I don’t believe Boston College has ever had a better friend in the United States Congress than Ed Markey.”

In naming Rep. Markey its commencement speaker, Boston College Law School failed to heed the 2004 US bishops’ document “Catholics in Political Life,” which stated, “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”


The report goes on to list the predictable donations to the 2004 John Kerry compaign and so forth — more of the same will most likely be reported down the road. 

But, for the moment, it’s clear the new president of CUA has made the same mistake of most Catholic university deans and presidents by honoring pro-abortion Catholic politicians and then compounding that mistake by defending it.

Perhaps when Garvey is free of the environs of Boston College he will emerge a new kind of Catholic university president, one unafraid of political and financial power and willing to articulate the Church’s uncomprising vision of life’s goodness.

Deal W. Hudson


Deal W. Hudson is ​publisher and editor of The Christian Review and the host of "Church and Culture," a weekly two-hour radio show on the Ave Maria Radio Network.​ Formerly publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine for ten years, his articles and comments have been published widely in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report. He has also appeared on TV and radio news shows such as the O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, NBC News, and All Things Considered on National Public Radio. Hudson worked with Karl Rove in coordinating then-Gov. George W. Bush's outreach to Catholic voters in 2000 and 2004. In October 2003, President Bush appointed him a member of the official delegation from the United States to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of John Paul II's papacy. Hudson, a former professor of philosophy for 15 years, is the editor and author of eight books. He tells the story of his conversion from Southern Baptist to Catholic in An American Conversion (Crossroad, 2003), and his latest, Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States, was published in March 2008. He is married to Theresa Carver Hudson, also a Baptist convert, and they have two children, Hannah and Cyprian who was adopted from Romania in 2001.