CNA Staff

CNA Staff

The Catholic News Agency (CNA) Staff are a team of journalists dedicated to reporting news concerning the Catholic Church around the world. Our bureaus are located in Denver, Washington, and Rome. We have sister language agencies in Kenya, Germany, Peru, Brazil, and Italy. CNA is a service of EWTN News. You can contact us at [email protected] with questions.

Articles by CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: "Vote for Carl"

Jul 31, 2020 / 00:00 am

On the podcast this week, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent remarks about a Catholic saint; Joe Biden’s endorsement by an abortion-rights group; the latest updates on the Vatican financial scandal; and more. Also, Ed hates the book “Little Women,” apparently.  Listen here or on any podcast app: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/868163461&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/vote-for-carl" title="Vote for Carl" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">Vote for Carl</a></div>

Christian leaders call on Democrats to embrace pro-life policies

Jul 24, 2020 / 08:30 am

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky, was one of several Catholic clergy, religious, and laity who joined 115 Christian leaders, theologians, and ministers to sign a letter to the DNC and the Democratic Platform Committee on Friday, asking the party to support pro-life policies including “legal protection for pre-born children.”

CNA Editor's Desk: Christopher Yes or No?

Jul 24, 2020 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon return this week to talk about what we may expect from the Vatican before summer break.  They also lay out the key takeaways of the Vatican's new instructions on parish reform, and discuss the situation in China. JD plays a round of Christopher 'Yes or No.'  Listen to the episode below, or on your favorite podcast app.  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/864079804&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/christopher-yes-or-no" title="Christopher Yes or No?" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">Christopher Yes or No?</a></div>

Pakistanis mourn Sister Ruth Lewis, who cared for children with disabilities

Jul 23, 2020 / 15:32 pm

Sister Ruth Lewis, a Pakistani nun who dedicated her life to helping underprivileged people with disabilities, died Monday following coronavirus complications.

CNA Editor's Desk: "The hard-learned lessons of history"

Jul 16, 2020 / 00:00 am

This week on the podcast, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss what seems to be a rising tide of anti-Catholicism in the United States, in the context of recent arson attacks against Catholic churches and statues; the Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court decision; backlash to Catholic Churches receiving coronavirus relief money from the government; and more. They also discuss an important document on sexual abuse from the Vatican, and debate open floor plans for kitchens.  Listen here or on any podcast app: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/859308421&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/the-hard-learned-lessons-of-history" title="The hard-learned lessons of history" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">The hard-learned lessons of history</a></div>

CNA Editor's Desk: The Perfect Society

Jul 10, 2020 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are back this week to talk about the US Supreme Court's rulings on the Obama-era “contraception mandate”, and the right of Catholic schools to set criteria for employment.  They also discuss canon law cited in the suspension of an Indiana priest after his letter about Black Lives Matter; and address feedback on Ed's recent article about White House Catholics' concern about Trump's Catholic tweets.   Listen to the episode here, or on your favorite podcast app:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/855845338&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/the-perfect-society" title="The Perfect Society" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">The Perfect Society</a></div>    

CNA Editor's Desk: "Change Your Neighbor’s Mind"

Jul 2, 2020 / 00:00 am

In this special Supreme Court edition of the podcast, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the week’s news, including several recent and highly consequential Supreme Court decisions. They also talk about the abuses against the Uighur people in China, chat for a couple of minutes about baseball, and, for fun, take the United States Citizenship Test.    Listen here or on any podcast app:   <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/851176732&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/change-your-neighbors-mind" title="Change Your Neighbor’s Mind" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">Change Your Neighbor’s Mind</a></div>

CNA Editor's Desk: Small talk and big ideas

Jun 26, 2020 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are back this week for a candid conversation about the toppling of statues in the US; the Black Lives Matter movement; and the inculturation of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Editor Carl Bunderson is back by popular demand for a couple of games. Listen to the episode below, or on your favorite podcast app!  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/847590046&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/small-talk-and-big-ideas" title="Small talk and big ideas" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">Small talk and big ideas</a></div>  

CNA Editor's Desk: "Worlds Collide"

Jun 12, 2020 / 00:00 am

CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the news, including former nuncio Carlo Maria Vigano’s letter to President Trump, and Vigano’s increasing detachment from “reasonable discourse;” the results of an investigation into Monsignor Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC; the Canon conspiracy; canon law; and much more.  Listen to the episode here or on any podcast app: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/839254876&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/worlds-collide" title="Worlds Collide" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">Worlds Collide</a></div> We also have a very special bonus episode this week in which JD Flynn interviews Gloria Purvis about Catholicism, racism, and healing: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/839004553&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/bonus-a-conversation-about-racism-with-gloria-purvis" title="BONUS: A conversation about racism with Gloria Purvis" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">BONUS: A conversation about racism with Gloria Purvis</a></div>  

CNA Editor's Desk: In Hope We are Saved

Jun 5, 2020 / 00:00 am

CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss hope, prayer, and leisure. Stay tuned for Breaking News in the middle.    For the third week, Father Brad Doyle of “The Quizzical Papist” podcast joins at the end for a fun game of trivia.    Listen here or on any podcast app:   <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/834944482&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/in-hope-we-are-saved" title="In Hope We are Saved" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">In Hope We are Saved</a></div>    

CNA Editor's Desk: Repent and Believe in the Gospel

May 29, 2020 / 00:00 am

On this week's podcast, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the most important Catholic news of the week, including the continued fallout from the killing of a black man by police in Minneapolis; China’s imposition of new “security laws” on Hong Kong; Maryland lifting a ban on Holy Communion; diocesan mergers; and much more.  Listen here or on any podcast app: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/830774326&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/repent-and-believe-in-the-gospel" title="Repent and Believe in the Gospel" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">Repent and Believe in the Gospel</a></div>  

Is Ed a figment of JD’s imagination? with special guest “The Quizzical Papist”

May 22, 2020 / 00:00 am

On this episode of the podcast, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the most important Catholic news of the week, including the announcement that the bishops of Minnesota will reopen public Masses. Later in the show, Ed and JD play a game with Father Brad Doyle, host of “The Quizzical Papist” podcast.   Listen here or on any podcast app: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/825990358&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor&#x27;s Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/is-ed-a-figment-of-jds-imagination-with-special-guest-the-quizzical-papist" title="Is Ed a figment of JD’s imagination? with special guest “The Quizzical Papist”" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">Is Ed a figment of JD’s imagination? with special guest “The Quizzical Papist”</a></div>

CNA Editor's Desk: "A resume of moral seriousness"

May 15, 2020 / 00:00 am

On this episode of the podcast, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the legacy of Pope St. John Paul II on his hundredth birthday; the continued fallout (or lack thereof) of a letter signed by several prominent bishops warning that the coronavirus pandemic is being exploited to create a “one world government;” the latest on the massive and still-unfolding financial scandal at the Vatican; and much more.  Listen here or on any podcast app: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/821385454&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

CNA Editor's Desk: "You just have to laugh"

May 8, 2020 / 00:00 am

On this episode of the podcast, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss some of the week’s most important Catholic news stories, including the fallout from a controversial letter warning of a “one world government” and supposedly signed by several bishops and cardinals. They also play a round of "world capitals” geography trivia and “Crazy Like a Fox” trivia.  Listen here or on any podcast app: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/816548110&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Bankruptcy filing stalls case involving New Orleans Saints, archdiocese

May 6, 2020 / 15:11 pm

The New Orleans archdiocese’ recent declaration of bankruptcy will freeze a court case alleging executives for the New Orleans Saints football team helped the archdiocese, through public relations efforts, “conceal” the crimes of abusive clergy.

CNA Editor's Desk: What people will get mad about

Apr 30, 2020 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon sit down for another quarantine edition of the podcast. They discuss reactions to President Donald Trump's recent phone call with bishops and other Catholic leaders; canonists rallying to petition recourse to Rome for the reopening of public Mass; and much more. Listen to the episode here: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/810887200&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor's Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor's Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/what-people-will-get-mad-about" title="What people will get mad about" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">What people will get mad about</a></div>

CNA Editor's Desk: The Church goes out (like Johnny Appleseed)

Apr 24, 2020 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are back this week for another quarantine edition of the podcast.  They have an in depth discussion about the Society of St. Pius X; the U.S. Church's response to the coronavirus pandemic; Fr. Frank Pavone and 'Catholics for Trump'; and much more. Listen to the full episode here:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/806174617&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237" title="CNA Editor's Desk" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">CNA Editor's Desk</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/user-714262237/the-church-goes-out-like-johnny-appleseed" title="The Church goes out (like Johnny Appleseed)" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">The Church goes out (like Johnny Appleseed)</a></div> 

CNA Editor's Desk: Happy Birthday, Mrs. Condon

Apr 17, 2020 / 00:00 am

Christ is Risen! On this episode of the podcast, Catholic News Agency editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the week’s most important Catholic news stories, including the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic for the Church, an update on the Vatican financial scandal, and much more. Plus, Ed pays tribute to his mother on her birthday, and the editors play “Triduum Yes or No." Listen here or on any podcast app: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/801173119&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

CNA Editor's Desk: 'The only basis for justice is truth'

Apr 7, 2020 / 00:00 am

Australia’s High Court has unanimously overturned Cardinal George Pell's conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse.  This week on CNA Editor's Desk, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the decision and what could come next for Cardinal Pell.  They also talk about their plans to navigate Holy Week during the coronavirus pandemic, and play a game of "Waltzing Matilda" Yes or No.  Listen here:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/793358392&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

Major Penitentiary: Mercy does not cease amid coronavirus

Apr 6, 2020 / 10:21 am

In an Easter letter to confessors on Saturday, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary wrote that while 'social distancing' is necessary amid the coronavirus, 'mercy does not cease'.