Carl Bunderson

Carl Bunderson

Carl Bunderson is managing editor of Catholic News Agency. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BPhil from the Pontifical Lateran University.

Articles by Carl Bunderson

Indigenous prayers, dancing in San Bernardino Synod Mass spark backlash

Oct 23, 2021 / 11:33 am

The Diocese of San Bernardino says its opening Mass for the Synod on Synodality Oct. 17 sought to celebrate the California diocese’s rich cultural diversity and welcome those on the “periphery” of the Church.

Will Roe be overturned? Here are 6 notable Supreme Court decisions that have been struck down

Oct 22, 2021 / 18:22 pm

Interest in instances where the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned its prior decisions is heightened now because of Dobbs v. Jackson Whole Women’s Health Organization, which is a test of the precedent set by the abortion decisions Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Santa Fe archdiocese: Woman's attempted ordination invalid

Oct 21, 2021 / 16:00 pm

The supposed ordination of women is invalid, the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe reiterated Monday, shortly after a woman claimed to have been ordained a priest in Albuquerque.

Judge again blocks New York medical worker vaccine mandate without religious exemption

Oct 14, 2021 / 11:00 am

Medical workers in New York can seek religious exemptions from a state COVID-19 vaccine mandate while a lawsuit challenging the requirement advances, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

English university accepts appointment of Catholic chaplain who tweeted about abortion

Sep 27, 2021 / 13:18 pm

The University of Nottingham announced Saturday that it will recognize Fr. David Palmer as a chaplain, after having refused recognition over comments on assisted suicide and abortion he had posted on social media.

New Brunswick dioceses will not require COVID vaccination to attend Mass

Sep 24, 2021 / 19:12 pm

The Archdiocese of Moncton announced Friday the four bishops in the province have adopted a common policy for attendance at Mass amid rising COVID-19 cases, and that proof of vaccination will not be required.

Three Chicago priests step aside from ministry amid investigations of inappropriate acts with adults

Sep 6, 2021 / 11:19 am

Three priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago have been asked to step aside from ministry pending investigation of their inappropriate acts with fellow adults, which they have acknowledged.

Father Danny Roussel of Baton Rouge remembered as a 'devoted priest'

Sep 1, 2021 / 19:00 pm

The Bishop of Baton Rouge has recalled Fr. Danny Roussel, who died by suicide on Monday, as a devoted and beloved priest, and encouraged prayers for the priest and for his family.

Police chaplain 'mortified' he mistakenly gave Chicago mayor Communion at Officer Ella French’s funeral

Aug 20, 2021 / 13:22 pm

"You know something, I am to blame for that and I am mortified," Fr. Dan Brandt told CNA Friday, explaining how he came to administer Holy Communion Aug. 19 to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a non-Catholic Christian who is in a same-sex marriage.

Los Angeles archdiocese won't provide religious exemption from Covid vaccines

Aug 16, 2021 / 17:14 pm

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has said it is not providing religious exemption letters to individuals who object to receiving a vaccination against the coronavirus.

Cardinal Cupich reportedly 'leaning hard' on bioethics center to retract stance on Covid vaccine exemptions

Aug 11, 2021 / 17:32 pm

Amid disagreement among Catholic leaders over whether there is a moral obligation to receive a coronavirus vaccine, board members at the National Catholic Bioethics Center have told CNA that Blase Cardinal Cupich has urged that the center retract its guidance against mandated immunization.

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexual assault of a minor

Jul 29, 2021 / 12:11 pm

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has reportedly been charged with sexual assault of a teenage boy, a crime alleged to have occurred in the 1970s. 

CDF highlights its Note on Catholics in politics in letter to US bishops on Eucharistic coherence

May 10, 2021 / 15:16 pm

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote Friday to the head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding admission to Communion, affirming the centrality of the congregation’s 2002 note on Catholic’s participation in politics and the importance of safeguarding the rights of ordinaries in their local Churches.

How ought Catholics engage in politics?

Dec 13, 2020 / 15:01 pm

As Catholics consider their engagement with the world, including politically, they should consider what kind of society should be built up, the authors of a recently-published manual of political philosophy have explained.

English bishops adjust liturgical translation, following concern of CDW

Nov 19, 2020 / 17:01 pm

The English and Welsh bishops' conference has decreed that in the translation of the conclusion of collects in the Roman Missal, “one” is to be omitted before “God”. The conclusions will now read “God, for ever and ever”.

Bishop Paprocki: We must weigh cost of 'extraordinary' shutdowns

Sep 24, 2020 / 13:01 pm

In an essay published this month, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois argued that months-long lockdowns in response to the coronavirus are an extraordinary means of saving life, and are therefore not morally obligatory and should not be coerced by the state.

Belarusian archbishop surprised to be barred from his homeland

Sep 1, 2020 / 16:02 pm

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev, who has been blocked from returning to Belarus, said Tuesday that he was “very much surprised” by being stopped at the Polish border.

On Aug. 2, you can get this St. Francis-themed indulgence

Aug 2, 2020 / 02:18 am

Today's feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola and its associated indulgence is a way to focus on the importance of Mary and the Franciscan tradition in the Church, a friar explained.

How should healthcare be distributed when hospitals are overwhelmed?

Mar 16, 2020 / 11:01 am

As there are concerns over the ability of the healthcare system to manage the coronavirus pandemic, discussions are being had over what criteria should be used if healthcare must be rationed.

Mass formally opens beatification cause of Eileen O'Connor, laywoman and mystic

Feb 20, 2020 / 17:15 pm

Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., of Sydney said Mass Thursday to open formally the cause of beatification of Eileen O'Connor, the foundress of Our Lady's Nurses of the Poor who died at a young age.