Deal Hudson resigns as publisher of Crisis.
On Friday, I told the board of CRISIS Magazine that I'd like to step down as publisher.
They agreed and on January 1 of next year, I'll become the Director of the newly established Morley Institute. The Institute will have two major functions: 1) To provide continued funding for CRISIS magazine and, 2) To support several new projects that I've wanted to pursue for some time. (The first of which will be a book on how Catholics can get involved in politics... something about which I have firsthand knowledge.)
I'm very excited about this. But it does mean I'll no longer be publisher. Don't worry. Not much will change from your perspective. Since the staff of CRISIS has been running the magazine for the past 2 years, you won't actually notice any changes there.
This is really more of a personal decision. It's the right thing for me to do. As you can imagine, the past month has been very difficult for both me and my family. There's no doubt that the recent adverse publicity about me, and the criticism that followed, influenced my decision. As long as I remain publisher of CRISIS, I'll be a source of controversy.
As my friend and supporter, you've stood by me through all of this. And because of your friendship, CRISIS magazine is healthy and (still!) growing. But as you have supported me as publisher, I now ask that you support this decision. Please know that this was my call. The plain fact is, I'm tired of being a lightening rod. And more importantly, this whole thing is causing great pain to my family. When all is said and done, I'm a husband and a father. I'm certainly not perfect, but I love my family dearly, and their well being is my first priority. Thank you for your friendship and your prayers. I can't begin to tell you what they've meant to me. My greatest hope right now is that you understand my decision and continue to support the magazine I cherish.
Is the Morley Institute "newly established?" I thought Crisis was owned by the Morley Institute, and had been for years.