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

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>

Cardinal Pell 'surprised' by Royal Commission findings

May 7, 2020 / 10:00 am

Cardinal George Pell has expressed his “surprise” at newly released findings of an Australian investigation, which concluded that the cardinal was aware of sexual abuse by clerics in the 1970s and 80s, and failed to act.

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>

Spanish business leaders organize to support cloistered communities

Apr 16, 2020 / 09:44 am

A group of businessmen in Spain have joined together to help cloistered religious communities that are unable to support themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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'.

Confession, Conclaves, and Corona

Apr 2, 2020 / 00:00 am

On this week's episode of the podcast, Catholic News Agency editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss some of the week’s most important Catholic news stories. They also answer the one question people have been asking them non-stop: What happens if there’s a conclave during the global pandemic? 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/789493759&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

What will the Church look like after the pandemic ends?

Mar 27, 2020 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss many things on this episode of the podcast, including the week’s most important Catholic news.  Topics include the story of how JD and Ed became canon lawyers; Catholics adapting to life with limited access to the sacraments; parallels between the coronavirus pandemic and the sexual abuse crisis; 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/784732459&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Douthat: Decadent societies lack babies, and hope

Mar 21, 2020 / 13:00 pm

Catholic author and commentator Ross Douthat said that a “decadent society” plays a role in declining birth rates, as cultures and couples lose a sense of hope in the future.

Social distance...from our desks

Mar 19, 2020 / 00:00 am

From a safe social distance— 1,493 miles to be exact— editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the week’s most important Catholic news on this episode of the podcast, including the suspension of public Masses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and how Catholics are adjusting and continuing to practice their faith during this trying time. And, at the end, a bunch of games to take your mind off the pandemic.  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/779286448&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Cardinal George Pell has had his day in court

Mar 12, 2020 / 00:00 am

On this episode of the podcast, JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss and debate the week’s Catholic news, including updates on the abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell in Australia; an interesting document about the validity of marriages; and an update on the coronavirus outbreak and how it is affecting the Catholic Church worldwide. 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/775191679&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Peruvian cardinal calls for suppression of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae

Mar 9, 2020 / 17:10 pm

A Peruvian cardinal has said that the Vatican has been asked to dissolve the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Peruvian religious community whose founder sexually and psychologically abused members, and committed other abuses of power.

Louisiana AG: Argument against Unsafe Abortion Act ‘absolutely a lie’

Mar 7, 2020 / 12:00 pm

In a Thursday interview, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said efforts to conflate the case with a Texas law regulating abortion clinics, struck down by the court in 2016, were clearly false. 

CNA Editor's Desk: This is not our coronavirus episode

Mar 5, 2020 / 00:00 am

JD Flynn, Ed Condon, and Carl Bunderson discuss and debate the week's top stories. Topics include coronavirus and the reception of Holy Communion; news that Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo suspended the priest behind leaked chancery tapes; the true identity of the creator of a 17th-century painting of David and Goliath; and a NJ boy with autism who was denied First Communion. 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/771456874&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>  

The Curious Case of Canon 1090

Feb 28, 2020 / 00:00 am

Listen to this week's episode of the podcast by clicking below, or by searching for it on your favorite podcast app! On this episode, JD, Carl, and Ed discuss an interesting canonical case involving a murder in Lesotho; the tragedy of abuse allegations against Jean Vanier; religious sisters supporting a pro-choice candidate for office; and much more. 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/768189289&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>