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 news@catholicna.com with questions.

Articles by CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: Condon’s Rules of Decorum

Jan 10, 2020 / 00:00 am

What can a priest do if a penitent confesses to murder? JD and Ed take this question from a friend. They also discuss McCarrick’s move from a Kansas friary; the culpability of poorly-formed bishops; and who could be the new dean of the College of Cardinals.    Alejandro Bermudez, director of ACI Group, joins for rounds of ‘Yes/No’ and ‘Greater or Lesser.’   Listen to the full episode of CNA Editor's Desk 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/741547255&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

CNA Editor's Desk: Happy [Secular] New Year!

Jan 3, 2020 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon talk about Christmas in London, the drone strike in Iran, Pope Francis slapping away the hand of a Catholic woman, the appointment of Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla as archbishop of Juba, South Sudan, and the face of the African Church. Ed plays a game of “resolution.” Don't miss the latest episode of CNA Editor's Desk! 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/738008596&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

CNA Editor's Desk: The biggest news stories of 2019

Dec 20, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are your hosts for the last episode of Editor’s Desk this year. On this episode, JD and Ed revisit their picks for the most important news stories of 2019, some of which you may have missed.    Listen here or on your 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/731109928%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-dS5MP&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Our Lady of Guadalupe; Assisted suicide; Banning pornography; Gifts for aliens

Dec 13, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on the podcast, Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss and debate the week’s news. Topics this week include the importance of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Archbishop Paglia's comments about assisted suicide and whether Judas is in Hell; discussions about the banning of pornography; an update on the continuing Vatican financial scandal; and much more. Later, JD asks Ed to think of the best gift to give an alien, and to assign “totems” to various things. Listen 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/727374388&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Fulton Sheen beatification delay; Buffalo bishop’s resignation; Catholics in China; Movie Saints

Dec 6, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are your hosts on JD’s second-favorite podcast of all time. (His favorite is CNA Newsroom.) This week’s news topics include the unexpected delay of the beatification of Venerable Fulton Sheen; the other American set to be beatified soon, Brother James Miller; the resignation of the embattled Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo; continuing challenges for Catholics in China vs. the Communist Party; who are the good guys in the Star Wars series? (Spoiler alert: it’s not the Jedi); and more. This week’s game comes courtesy of a fan of the podcast: “Saints of the Silver Screen.” Listen here or on your 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/723825073&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: A Very Special Thanksgiving Canon Law Podcast

Nov 27, 2019 / 00:00 am

In this Thanksgiving canon law extravaganza, Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon take suggestions from the podcast’s fan base for interesting canon law topics to discuss and debate. Stick around for a brand-new game, "Yay or Nay," that involves predicting the future. 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/719257198&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

The Vatican’s suspicious investments; Chinese bishop in hiding; ‘Breviary Chat;’ 'Greater or Lesser'

Nov 22, 2019 / 00:00 am

As they do every week, CNA Editors JD Flynn, Ed Condon, and Carl Bunderson talk about the week’s news and many other things besides.   Topics this week include: the reelection of Louisiana’s pro-life democratic governor; a chat about breviaries and the best breviary apps out there; an update on the two parallel financial scandals at the Vatican, including a luxury apartment development in London, and an investment by the Holy See into a bankrupt Italian hospital; a Chinese bishop in hiding for refusing to register with Chinese authorities; and more.    Stick around, because this week’s edition of “Greater or Lesser” will finally answer the question: from where do the best pork products in the world come?   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/717021547&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: JD and Ed are back from Baltimore; the 'abortion debate'; "Yes or No"

Nov 15, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon recap the US bishops' meeting in Baltimore, including the election Archbishop Jose Gomez; evangelization; and the 'abortion debate.' Carl Bunderson joins for a game of "Yes or No." Listen now:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/713326501&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

Bishop DiMarzio denies allegations of sexual abuse

Nov 13, 2019 / 13:54 pm

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn is rejecting an allegation that he sexually molested a minor in the 1970s, calling it a “false allegation.”

CNA Editor's Desk: Vatican financial scandal update; Ed and JD head to ‘Charm City’; Crookston investigation

Nov 8, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Editor's Desk, JD Flynn is joined by Ed Condon and Carl Bunderson to give an update on the financial scandal at the Vatican; details about the agenda for the US bishops' fall meeting next week; investigations into the bishop of Crookston, Minnesota; and much more.  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/709937773&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

Halloween; Biden denied Communion; Vatican financial scandal; “Greater/Lesser” and “Yes/No"

Nov 1, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn, Ed Condon, and Carl Bunderson discuss and debate the week’s news as only they can. This week’s topics include former VP Joe Biden being denied the Eucharist because of his support for abortion; Ed’s reporting on a massive financial scandal involving the Vatican Bank; Crazy Catholic Capitalization; and other timely topics. JD, Ed and Carl also play “Greater/Lesser” and “Yes/No.” Listen 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/706450720&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Buffalo diocese investigation ends, DiMarzio will send report to Vatican

Oct 31, 2019 / 10:48 am

The bishop offered no comment on his findings in the scandal-hit Buffalo diocese.

CNA Editor's Desk: Secret archives; Pachamamagate; married priests; Fan-suggested game!

Oct 28, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon, fresh from the Amazon Synod in Rome, discuss and dissect the week’s news. Topic this week include the Amazon Synod wrap-up; married priests; statues thrown in the Tiber River; journalism at the Synod; and much more.  This week’s game comes courtesy of Twitter fan of the show Jonathan Sullivan, who at JD’s request created a brand-new game called "One of These Catholic Things is Not Like the Others." 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/703641127&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

CNA Editor's Desk: JD buys a biretta; Amazon synod; Cardinal Becciu and financial reform.

Oct 18, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editor-in-Chief JD Flynn joins from Rome for this week's episode of CNA Editor's Desk. He and DC Editor Ed Condon talk about the Amazon synod, financial reform at the Vatican and JD's new biretta. They also play a Roman edition of 'Yes/No' and a new game called 'How Long Have We Done This?' 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/698287099&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

From Rome! The Amazonian Synod, John Henry Newman, Scalfari interview, etc.

Oct 10, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editor JD Flynn is in Rome this week, and offers his analysis of the Amazonian Synod. Ed Condon joins from Washington to talk about John Henry Newman’s canonization, which is coming up this Sunday, Oct. 13. Stick around for a brand new game: “That’s Corrupt!” 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/693911656&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Money at Mass; parish registration; married priests; Patron of Whaaaat? etc.

Oct 4, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on the podcast, editors Ed Condon and JD Flynn discuss the week’s news, including parish registration, money at Mass, the working document for the Amazonian synod, married priests, celibacy, John Henry Newman, and much more. This week’s games are “How Pius Am I?” and “Patron of Whaaaaat?" 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/690730411&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Pakistani archbishop warns of surge in Christian girls kidnapped, forced into marriages

Sep 27, 2019 / 08:59 am

A Catholic bishop in Pakistan has warned of an increase in young Christian and Hindu girls being kidnapped, then forced to convert to Islam and marry their captors.

Obscure New Testament figures; Jesuit high school appeal; Amazon synod update; Chaput turns 75; etc.

Sep 27, 2019 / 00:00 am

CNA Editors Ed Condon, JD Flynn, and Carl Bunderson are your hosts for this discussion of the week’s most compelling news. On this episode of CNA Editor’s Desk, they discuss the appeal process for an Indiana high school that refused to fire a same-sex married employee; the bishops of Germany continuing to make plans to influence the Amazonian synod; and Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia turning 75 and submitting his resignation.    Stick around because the editors play “Who am I in the New Testament?” and “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/687853969&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

CNA Newsroom: The Loneliest Episode (Part 2)

Sep 23, 2019 / 00:00 am

Americans aged 65 and older struggle with loneliness and isolation. On this week's episode of CNA Newsroom, we look at why they struggle with loneliness and how we can help them. We profile an intergenerational learning center in Seattle and join a woman in bringing Communion to the homebound.  Listen now:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/685781770&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

After Archbishop Chaput warning, bishops weigh in on Fr. James Martin

Sep 20, 2019 / 09:40 am

After the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution regarding the message Fr. James Martin, SJ, other bishops have weighed in on Martin’s message regarding homosexuality and Catholicism, as Martin and the archbishop have continued to exchange views on the matter.