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

Commentary: Sri Lanka, martyrdom, and the light of faith

Apr 24, 2019 / 16:35 pm

On Saturday night, the Church celebrated its most solemn and joyful liturgy.

Analysis: How politics is shaping morality, and how religious voters might respond

Apr 17, 2019 / 15:00 pm

As the 2020 Presidential race begins in earnest, between the two parties sits a growing number of voters motivated by faith and morality expressing little enthusiasm for the Hobson’s choice offered them in recent decades.

Analysis: How Benedict's essay supports Francis' call for 'zero tolerance'

Apr 11, 2019 / 15:45 pm

At the heart of his new essay, Benedict XVI insists that the purpose of punishing the perpetrators of sexual abuse is the salvation of souls, which is the highest law of the Catholic Church.

Franciscan University president resigns

Apr 8, 2019 / 06:50 am

Fr. Sean Sheridan, TOR, has resigned as president of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Fr. Sheridan informed the university’s trustees of his decision during a regular meeting of the board on Friday.

Analysis: Gregory’s road to Washington

Apr 4, 2019 / 03:40 am

Gregory’s arrival in Washington follows months of intense speculation, with many frustrated at the apparent delay - but the process for replacing Cardinal Wuerl has been anything but ‘business as usual.’

Analysis: Pope Francis issues new definition of ‘vulnerable’ adult

Mar 29, 2019 / 15:00 pm

How “vulnerable” adults are defined in law has been hotly contested in recent discussions of scandal and reform in the Church.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory asked to lead Washington archdiocese

Mar 28, 2019 / 12:29 pm

Pope Francis is expected to appoint Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta to serve as the next Archbishop of Washington, multiple sources have independently reported to CNA. Gregory would become the seventh Archbishop of Washington, succeeding Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Vatican diplomat accused of corruption and 'romantic' relationship while at UN

Mar 15, 2019 / 12:09 pm

An archbishop who served as the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations is accused of financial and professional misconduct, including the use of Vatican staff and influence to assist and support financially a woman with whom he had a romantic relationship. Sources say that although Vatican officials were informed of the man’s conduct, he was quietly reassigned to a new diplomatic post without facing sanctions.

Analysis: What's next for Cardinal Pell?

Mar 13, 2019 / 12:11 pm

On Wednesday, Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison following his conviction on five charges of sexual abuse of minors. He will be eligible for parole in three years and eight months.

Analysis: The stakes of Pell's Vatican trial

Mar 5, 2019 / 05:00 am

The Vatican has announced that a canonical process against Cardinal George Pell will soon begin in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pell was convicted last year by an Australian jury on five counts of child sexual abuse.

Analysis: Pell's appeal for justice

Mar 4, 2019 / 16:00 pm

The verdict in Pell’s case has raised serious questions about how a legal system can adapt to cope with a culture that places great and public store in the importance of believing victims.

Prosecutors drop second trial against Cardinal George Pell

Feb 25, 2019 / 18:21 pm

Prosecutors have abandoned a planned second trial against Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in December 2018 on five charges of the sexual abuse of minors.

Analysis: What can the Vatican sex abuse summit deliver?

Feb 18, 2019 / 15:45 pm

The wider purpose of the three-day meeting is to impress the seriousness of the child abuse crisis on bishops from around the world, while American focus remains on accountability for bishops, and abuse cases of all kinds involving them personally.

Analysis: After McCarrick sex abuse verdict, money and power questions remain

Feb 16, 2019 / 10:00 am

McCarrick’s laicization answers few of the questions raised by his case, the most pressing of which being how a man with an obviously scandalous track record was able to rise so high in ecclesiastical responsibility.

McCarrick has 'private income' in the event of laicization

Feb 15, 2019 / 15:11 pm

Ahead of an expected decision in the case of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, new details have emerged about his likely financial status in the event that he is laicized.

Analysis: As abuse summit looms, Farrell appointed and McCarrick case lingers

Feb 14, 2019 / 18:00 pm

As Pope Francis prepares for his long-awaited Vatican summit on sexual abuse, Catholic commentators and U.S. bishops are waiting to see what it can accomplish. But just as eagerly, they are waiting to see what will become of “Uncle Ted” McCarrick.

Rubio: Blocking aid to Venezuela is a 'crime against humanity'

Feb 8, 2019 / 13:50 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio has called the humanitarian and political impasse in Venezuela “unsustainable,” and compared blocking food and medical aid from entering the country to war crimes.

Commentary: Defending life is a culture war worth fighting

Feb 4, 2019 / 16:48 pm

Ralph Northam, outlined his support for a controversial state abortion bill. Speaking about the bill, he outlined a “discussion” about the fate of children who survived in-labor abortions, appearing to many to support to a measure that would offer infanticide by another name.

NY Child Victims Act passes, Cuomo takes aim at bishops

Jan 29, 2019 / 09:35 am

The act, versions which had been passed by the state assembly six times over the last twelve years, was given approval by the state senate for the first time on Jan. 28, passing 63-0.

Basilica confirms Nathan Phillips protest attempted Mass disruption

Jan 23, 2019 / 16:15 pm

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has confirmed that protesters led by the Native American activist Nathan Phillips attempted to disrupt the celebration of Mass on the evening of Jan. 19.