Ed Condon

Ed Condon

Ed Condon is a canon lawyer and worked as Catholic News Agency's Washington DC editor until December 2020.

Articles by Ed Condon

Confession by phone, Skype, or emoji? Could it happen during coronavirus pandemic?

Mar 18, 2020 / 15:35 pm

As much of the world faces quarantines, social distancing, and “shelter in place” orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catholics have faced unexpected challenges in accessing - and offering - the sacraments of the Church.

Analysis: What could happen next for Cardinal Pell

Mar 17, 2020 / 04:00 am

Cardinal George Pell remains in prison, while the seven justices of the Australian High Court consider his petition for special leave to appeal. There are four options open to the court.

Analysis: Pope Francis’ diplomatic triumph with US bishops 

Mar 6, 2020 / 16:05 pm

Months of papal meetings with American prelates appear to have proved a quiet, but noteworthy, triumph of pastoral diplomacy at a crucial moment.

Lesotho PM murder case could have canon law consequences

Feb 25, 2020 / 09:00 am

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been charged with the murder of his estranged former wife. The trial could also have an canonical consequence for Thabane and his second wife.

London to Malta via Rome: Following the money in Vatican financial scandals

Feb 19, 2020 / 14:30 pm

The Vatican raid conducted on the chief prosecutor of the Church’s Apostolic Signatura sheds light on a network of companies and businessmen at the center of interrelated Vatican financial scandals. 

New Hong Kong bishop to be announced within weeks

Feb 17, 2020 / 16:00 pm

Priests in the Diocese of Hong Kong are expecting the announcement of their new bishop within the next two weeks.

Analysis: 'Querida Amazonia' and the German synod

Feb 14, 2020 / 13:00 pm

Following the German reaction to Querida Amazonia, it is not clear what, if anything, could bring their synodal discussions to an end.

Analysis: Will Francis send Amazon celibacy decision up the river?

Feb 3, 2020 / 12:53 pm

A leaked draft of an anticipated apostolic exhortation on the Amazon started a flurry of speculation last week that Pope Francis plans to allow the ordination of married men to the priesthood for ministry in the region.

Analysis: Pope Francis and the Germans

Jan 31, 2020 / 14:15 pm

Whether he turns his attention to the furthest corner of the Amazon, or to reforming his own curia in Rome, Francis may find that all roads lead through Berlin in 2020.

Vatican picks Hong Kong bishop, delays announcement

Jan 17, 2020 / 07:06 am

Hong Kong has been without a diocesan bishop since the death of Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung in January 2019, after less than 18 months in the role.

Analysis: On celibacy, what Benedict cannot say and Francis mustn't hear

Jan 13, 2020 / 14:10 pm

What the two reactions to a new book from Benedict point to is a fault-line, not for or against Pope Francis, but about the actual terms of the debate the pope is now weighing.

FBI interviewed Papal Foundation staff about McCarrick

Jan 8, 2020 / 12:00 pm

Law enforcement officials have conducted interviews with several senior figures at the Papal Foundation, a U.S. based charity which supports the charitable works of the Holy Father.

Theodore McCarrick has moved from Kansas friary

Jan 7, 2020 / 11:00 am

The disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick has moved from the Kansas friary where he had been living since 2018.

Christmas Eve carolers for Cardinal Pell gathered at Melbourne prison

Dec 26, 2019 / 08:00 am

A group of local Catholics gathered outside Melbourne prison on Christmas Eve to sing carols for Cardinal George Pell.

Vatican’s investment funds were vehicles for Italian bank fraud

Dec 17, 2019 / 13:50 pm

Two investment funds used by Vatican dicasteries were also used by a major Italian bank to conceal illegal investments for which the bank was eventually closed.

Analysis: Has Archbishop Paglia opened a new fight over 'accompaniment'?

Dec 16, 2019 / 16:00 pm

Catholics hoping for a swift correction to Paglia’s insistence on the need to “accompany” someone committing assisted suicide may be disappointed.

Senior Victoria cops said Pell investigation could distract from major police scandal

Dec 13, 2019 / 04:00 am

Senior police officials in the Australian state of Victoria discussed by email the way that their 2014 investigation into Cardinal George Pell could deflect public scrutiny from an emerging corruption scandal in the force.

Vatican’s investment manager backed company that ‘misled investors’

Dec 10, 2019 / 15:50 pm

The Italian businessman responsible for investing millions of Vatican funds owned a stake in an online options trading company fined in 2016 by the Securities and Exchange Commission for misleading investors.

Vatican investments linked to global money laundering investigations

Dec 7, 2019 / 15:05 pm

A fund in which the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has invested tens of millions of euros has links to two Swiss banks investigated or implicated in bribery and money laundering scandals involving more than one billion dollars. The fund is under investigation by Vatican authorities.

Diocese of Rochester confirms it requested Fulton Sheen beatification delay

Dec 5, 2019 / 12:50 pm

The Diocese of Rochester confirmed on Thursday that it had requested a delay of the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, which had been scheduled for Dec. 21 until it was postponed indefinitely earlier this week.