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

Who was Elizabeth of the Trinity? The story behind a new saint

Jun 21, 2016 / 02:03 am

Pope Francis acknowledged a miracle worked through the intercession of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite nun of the 20th century, paving the way for her canonization likely later this year.

Benedictine nuns back at it again with a new album

Apr 27, 2016 / 15:52 pm

A new album from the chart-topping community of Benedictine nuns in rural Missouri has an intimate selection of the songs they sing when they gather for Eucharistic Adoration at their monastery.

Jesuit Father Raymond Gawronski remembered for witness of priesthood

Apr 21, 2016 / 09:22 am

Father Raymond Thomas Gawronski, S.J., professor of dogmatics at St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California, died in the closing hours of April 14 of complications from cancer, at the age of 65.

Integration requires conversion: reflections on Amoris laetitia

Apr 9, 2016 / 05:57 am

Reflecting on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family, two professors at the John Paul II Institute have emphasized the close ties between integration and conversion, as well as the importance of the Church's established teaching.

'Impatience for unity' – a look at the Pope's recent chat with Lutherans

Nov 17, 2015 / 15:02 pm

Pope Francis' encounter with a Lutheran community in Rome this weekend was his chance to advocate for greater unity among Christians, a theologian has reflected.

How one professor is inviting teachers to rethink Catholic education

Nov 12, 2015 / 00:23 am

Realizing that many educators don't learn the history of teaching before they begin their career, a professor at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has edited a compendium of selections from writings on education, from Plato to St. Thomas Aquinas, to St. John Paul II.

Why is Christianity growing so quickly in mainland China?

Aug 17, 2015 / 16:19 pm

Christianity is spreading rapidly in China, and it could be because of how well the faith fits in with modern scientific technology.

African, European bishops' meeting promotes an authentic 'joy of the family'

Jun 5, 2015 / 03:01 am

A group of bishops from across Africa and Europe met last weekend pledging to redouble their efforts in favor of families, and examining challenges of the 2014 Synod on the Family as well as prospects for the 2015 synod.

'We wanted to involve our listeners in an experience of prayer'

Jun 3, 2015 / 03:02 am

The Benedictine Monks of Norcia spend their lives in prayer and labor – “ora et labora” – chanting the psalms and producing crafts to support themselves. This week, they also released an album meant to share their prayer with the world – music, they say, that has what your soul needs.

Bishop Conley asks for prayers as Nebraska legislators vote on death penalty (Updated)

May 27, 2015 / 08:55 am

As the Nebraska Legislature considers overriding the state governor's veto of a bill that would repeal the death penalty, the Bishop of Lincoln has requested a prayerful response to the situation.

German bishops change labor laws to allow divorced and remarried, gay civil unions

May 12, 2015 / 19:18 pm

Last week, the German bishops’ conference announced it is changing its labor laws such that contracting a civil marriage after divorce or entering a same-sex civil union cannot result in termination of employment except in “exceptional cases.”

A crisis in the German church? Synod questionnaire would suggest so

May 2, 2015 / 16:44 pm

The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts.

Bishops conferences are not the Magisterium, Vatican doctrine chief reminds Cardinal Marx

Mar 26, 2015 / 15:00 pm

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French paper that doctrinal, or even disciplinary, decisions regarding marriage and family are not up for determination by national bishops’ conferences.

Chart-topping Benedictine nuns to release new album for Easter

Feb 28, 2015 / 16:02 pm

Together with the joys of the Resurrection and feasting, this Easter will have an added delight: listening to the new album by the hit-making, Missouri-based Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.

Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn't support Kasper in Synod debates

Nov 25, 2014 / 02:49 am

A new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works includes an updated version of a 1972 essay in which he had suggested that the divorced and remarried could receive Communion – but the Pope had long since abandoned that position, scholars noted.

Christian couple reportedly burned alive, Pakistan urged to respond

Nov 5, 2014 / 04:35 am

The reported killing of a Christian couple in Pakistan by a mob on Tuesday has sparked calls for the nation's government to protect its people, and especially its minorities.

'Don’t abandon us' – Church in Mosul 'no longer exists'

Oct 23, 2014 / 03:21 am

Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to shepherd.  

Link between Solomon's Temple, Catholic churches explored

Oct 7, 2014 / 23:43 pm

A conference held last week in Colorado Springs by The Society for Catholic Liturgy brought together experts from multiple disciplines to discuss the continuity between the Jewish temple, and Catholic churches and liturgy.  

Confront secularism with 'way of beauty,' Bishop Conley urges

Oct 6, 2014 / 23:24 pm

Evangelization will be carried out by bringing beauty to Catholic culture and liturgy, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln told a group of scholars and pastors gathered for an interdisciplinary conference.  

Memory, hope, witness are Korea trip’s import, Pope reflects

Aug 20, 2014 / 07:22 am

Pope Francis discussed his recent trip to South Korea in his General Audience address Wednesday, saying its significance is found in the three words memory, hope, and witness.