Carl Bunderson

Carl Bunderson

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

Articles by Carl Bunderson

Did Iowa diocese give enough warning about abusive priest?

Nov 6, 2018 / 13:54 pm

A New Mexico man says that an Iowa diocese neglected to tell him about the extent of abuse committed by a priest living in his home. Leaders in the diocese told CNA they tried to warn the man about the priest’s past, and that current leaders have attempted to do everything possible to manage the priest’s situation, within the confines of canon law.

Bootkoski claims at odds with NY Times McCarrick abuse report

Sep 5, 2018 / 13:31 pm

Bishop Emeritus Paul Bootkoski of Metuchen said last week that claims of abuse against then-Cardinal McCarrick made to his diocese were reported to the then-nuncio in a timely manner. Accounts from some alleged victims suggest the diocese had been aware of McCarrick’s misconduct long before it was reported.

Priests call Word on Fire conference a consoling encounter with scripture

Aug 23, 2018 / 15:01 pm

Returning from Bishop Robert Barron's conference held this week on preaching, several priests said the experience was a grace-filled time to focus on one of the most important roles with which they are tasked.

Bishop Trautman responds to release of Pennsylvania grand jury report

Aug 15, 2018 / 15:59 pm

Bishop Donald Trautman responded Tuesday to the Pennsylvania grand jury report on allegations of clerical sex abuse of minors, saying he did not condone or enable such abuse during his tenure leading the Diocese of Erie.

Bay area project expands Gregorian chant instruction to children, teens

Jul 27, 2018 / 02:01 am

An initiative in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to form the Catholic imagination through beauty will next month host a workshop on how to teach “chant camps,” in which children and teens are educated in Gregorian chant.

Cardinal McCarrick reportedly lived on IVE seminary property during retirement

Jul 24, 2018 / 16:08 pm

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is reported to have lived alongside a Maryland house of formation for members of a religious order whose founder has faced Vatican charges of sexual misconduct.

Update: 'Exoneration' of St John Cantius founder 'without foundation'

Jun 29, 2018 / 12:01 pm

UPDATE: Fr. Szarek reaffirmed June 29 that he accepts the Archdiocese of Chicago's decisions regarding Fr. Phillips. In a statement posted at the St. John Cantius parish website, he said, "reports that the Independent Review Board exonerated Fr. Phillips are without foundation."

Canons of St John Cantius founder remains barred from public ministry

Jun 25, 2018 / 14:29 pm

The religious superior of Father C. Frank Phillips, former pastor of St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago, told the parish Sunday that the priest remains prohibited from exercising public ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

In Florida, bishops' 'Faithful Citizenship' debate heats up

Jun 14, 2018 / 15:49 pm

What some expected would be a brisk vote to provide supplementary videos and a statement on political life turned out to be a lengthy discussion at the USCCB general assembly meeting on Thursday, covering the future of the bishops’ guide to political engagement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

Apostolic nuncio encourages US bishops in 'listening'

Jun 13, 2018 / 14:12 pm

Speaking to the US bishops’ spring meeting on Wednesday, Archbishop Christophe Pierre urged the importance of listening: to youth, to the Hispanic population, and to the Holy Father.

Cardinal DiNardo: New US asylum policy erodes the right to life

Jun 13, 2018 / 06:36 am

At the opening of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ general assembly on Wednesday, the conference president issued a statement condemning the Trump administration’s adoption of stricter asylum policies and its policy of family separation at the US-Mexico border.

New Baltimore policy permits outdoor Catholic weddings

Jun 11, 2018 / 12:07 pm

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has announced a policy to allow weddings to be held outside of parish churches, including at outdoor venues.

Benedictine nuns' new album an offering to Saint Joseph

May 3, 2018 / 02:04 am

A newly-released album by a chart-topping community of Benedictine nuns in rural Missouri is devoted to the hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, but is dedicated in a particular way to Saint Joseph's paternity.

What Holy Week looks like in a remote Indian diocese

Mar 31, 2018 / 03:09 am

In the Diocese of Miao, located in India's northeasternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George Pallipparambil does not stay quietly in his cathedral for Holy Week, but rather holds services across the diocese in an effort to better serve his people.  

Analysis: Cardinal Sarah, Blessed Paul VI, and Catholic commentary

Mar 7, 2018 / 15:05 pm

Cardinal Robert Sarah has authored a preface for a newly published book detailing the ascendancy, in the last 50 years, of the reception of Communion in the hand. He has been thanked for his efforts with at least one call for his removal from office. The flare-up offers an opportunity to look in greater detail at the history of the means of receiving Holy Communion.

Bishop Schneider explains the Kazakhstani profession of truths on marriage

Jan 11, 2018 / 16:28 pm

Fidelity to the words of Christ makes it necessary to profess the truth about sacramental marriage, Bishop Athanasius Schneider told CNA in a recent interview.

Kazakh bishops affirm indissolubility of marriage – and its implications

Jan 2, 2018 / 12:42 pm

Three Kazakhstani bishops signed a statement on Sunday confirming that it is not licit to admit to sacramental communion Catholics who are divorced and illictly remarried, if they are not living according to the long-standing teachings of the Church.

What the bishop who resisted the Nazis can teach us today

Dec 17, 2017 / 07:04 am

When Father Clemens August von Galen was consecrated Bishop of Münster in October 1933, he chose for his episcopal motto Nec laudibus, nec timore – neither by praises nor by fear, which summed up his ministry throughout Germany's Nazi period.

Analysis: Argentine letter on Amoris is in the Acta. Does that change things?

Dec 5, 2017 / 17:19 pm

Despite the recent inclusion of Pope Francis' 2016 letter to the Buenos Aires bishops on Amoris laetitia in the Holy See's official text of record, neither the Church's discipline nor its doctrine have changed.

Archbishop Naumann elected US bishops' pro-life committee chair

Nov 14, 2017 / 08:27 am

In a move seen as an endorsement of St. John Paul II's “culture of life” approach, the U.S. bishops on Tuesday elected Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas as chairman of the conference's committee on pro-life activities.