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(LifeSiteNewsOn today’s episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, I interviewed Catholic activist Deal Hudson on the themes of his recently published book, The Desecrators: Defeating the Cancel Culture Mob and Reclaiming One Nation Under God, co-written with Matt Schlapp.

One of our major discussion points was the weakness of American bishops on important issues, specifically their failure to adequately defend Catholic teaching and their undermining of those who are outspokenly pro-life.

“The thing that shocked me the most when I started mixing it up with the bishops, even before I was helping the Bush White House, is how much they really hated Republicans just by virtue of being Republicans, how they really had no time for pro-lifers and didn’t want them in their hair,” Hudson said.

He added that some liberal bishops go so far as to “threaten” and “marginalize” other bishops who publicly support pro-life activism.

Hudson and I also discussed the way forward for Catholics in this present evil age — a “world war” on the soul, if you will. He said we should refuse to be intimidated for doing what’s right, learn to articulate exactly what we believe as Catholics and as Americans or Canadians, and to develop a deeper relationship with God through regular prayer.

Hudson gave the following advice to Catholic parents in particular:

“Parents need to reignite their own minds and hearts. In other words, they need to remember the basic values and ideals that they stand for. They need to learn to articulate them,” he said. “They need to have their kids seeing them read books. Their kids need to see them reading Scripture, obviously, but Moby Dick, Billy Budd, Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas.”

“Do the kids see the parents spending half an hour, an hour reading? Or are they all watching TV? Or are they all watching Marvel comic movies, which are very entertaining. But life is not entertainment, and we are not in a situation where entertainment should get in the way of parents becoming representative of the culture that’s been destroying the children,” he added.

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John-Henry is the co-founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne have eight children and they live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout the world. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum, an annual strategy meeting for life, faith and family leaders worldwide. He is a board member of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family. He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization. He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.