Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Articles by Kevin Jones

Critics of Nebraska education standards see major flaws on sex, gender

Apr 7, 2021 / 16:27 pm

There are too many ideological and political assumptions in the Nebraska Department of Education’s proposed curriculum standards on sex education, marriage, family and gender that undermine parents and religious and ethical standards, critics have said.

CRS: Relieving Central American pressures could help with immigration challenge for US

Mar 28, 2021 / 16:18 pm

Immigration pressures at the U.S.-Mexico border start in Central America—and these pressures need attention in the United States’ immigration debate, an official with Catholic Relief Services said.

Patrick: The saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

Mar 17, 2021 / 11:04 am

Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery.

How the Irish built Catholic America

Mar 17, 2021 / 03:12 am

The history of Catholic America is, in many ways, an Irish story, with immigrant congregations and their descendants putting their stamp on many churches across the country.

In confidential interviews, Catholic bishops talk COVID, Joe Biden, Pope Francis

Feb 24, 2021 / 03:23 am

A series of one-on-one interviews with more than two dozen bishops has revealed significant concern among the Church leaders over the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and political tensions.

Twitter, Truth and Transgenderism: Catholic outlet suspended for Biden nominee report

Feb 1, 2021 / 17:18 pm

Catholic World Report is no longer suspended on Twitter, but the publication is still concerned about the social media giant’s action against its post describing Biden appointee Dr. Rachel Levine as “a biological man who identifies as a transgender woman.”

Amanda Gorman, inaugural poet for Biden, has history of abortion advocacy 

Jan 27, 2021 / 12:40 pm

Poet Amanda Gorman made a splash with her performance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. But less than two years earlier, she performed a strongly pro-abortion poem that championed abortion access as necessary to secure equality, to escape from poverty, and to achieve the freedom to determine family size. 

Pro-abortion protestors disrupt pro-life Mass at Ohio cathedral

Jan 22, 2021 / 17:06 pm

About eight pro-abortion protesters disrupted the Respect Life Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Columbus Friday, where Bishop Robert Brennan was presiding at an event marking the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Father Michael Pfleger, activist Chicago priest, faces claim of abusing minor

Jan 5, 2021 / 20:55 pm

The outspoken activist Chicago priest Father Michael Pfleger faces an allegation that he sexually abused a minor over 40 years ago, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago has said, adding that the claims have not been proven true or false and are under investigation.

The McCarrick Report's provocative tale of a KGB encounter, and an FBI request

Nov 10, 2020 / 15:00 pm

An undercover KGB agent tried to befriend ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick in the early 1980s, prompting the FBI to ask the rising churchman to exploit this connection to counter Soviet intelligence, according to claims in the Vatican’s report on McCarrick released Tuesday.

New Orleans archdiocese seeks laicization for all clergy credibly accused of sex abuse

Oct 27, 2020 / 13:45 pm

While scandalous allegations against two New Orleans-area priests have again raised questions about the Church’s response to clergy misconduct, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has confirmed that for the past two years it has been seeking to laicize clergy who have been removed from ministry for credible reports of sexual abuse.

Named for Father Michael McGivney, Catholic high school eager to celebrate beatification

Oct 25, 2020 / 15:04 pm

The upcoming beatification of American priest Father Michael McGivney is a time for celebration and reflection for southern Illinois’ Father McGivney Catholic High School, named for the founder of the Knights of Columbus who lived a life of service before dying in a pandemic.

Belize’s far-reaching gender bill runs aground, and critics warn of international 'gender ideology' pressure

Oct 18, 2020 / 11:00 am

A bill purporting to secure equality and anti-discrimination in Belize was withdrawn last month, after Bishop Lawrence Nicasio and other Catholic leaders raised objections to the bill’s treatment of sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Colorado abortion ban backers optimistic, but opponents have big funding advantage 

Oct 16, 2020 / 05:00 am

Polling shows a close race for a Colorado ballot measure seeking to ban abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy, and backers are “very optimistic” that with enough volunteers and community outreach they will succeed, even while abortion advocates have outraised pro-life campaigners by millions in the weeks leading to the election.

Critics of Columbus Day get history wrong, scholar says

Oct 12, 2020 / 10:00 am

The historical legacy of Christopher Columbus is tarred by bad history in the quest to change Columbus Day, according to a researcher who has focused on Columbus’ religious motives for exploration.

Amnesty International's expanded abortion advocacy gets human rights wrong, critic says

Oct 7, 2020 / 02:39 am

An international law expert has criticized Amnesty International’s new support for abortion access through all nine months of pregnancy and its claim that human rights protections “start at birth.”

Sainthood inquiry continues for Tennessee priest who died in yellow fever epidemic

Oct 3, 2020 / 05:26 am

The canonization cause is progressing for Father Patrick Ryan, a priest who sacrificed his life in a nineteenth century yellow fever epidemic to serve the sick. Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tenn., has launched an official tribunal to continue the inquiry into whether he should be declared 'venerable.'

Vandal takes baseball bat to Catholic seminary in Texas, but none harmed

Sep 25, 2020 / 16:07 pm

A man who wielded a baseball bat on the grounds of a Catholic seminary in Texas damaged a crucifix and several doors, but caused no harm to seminary students. The seminary asked for prayers for the unknown perpetrator and warned against a rush to judgment.

How Pius XII treated Jewish orphans after World War II

Sep 9, 2020 / 03:00 am

Scholars of Pope Pius XII have countered claims that the wartime pope and the Catholic Church hierarchy were complicit in a controversial post-war custody battle over two Jewish orphans who were baptized Christians in France, then hidden from their relatives.

Why organized labor is (still) a Catholic cause

Sep 7, 2020 / 03:49 am

At a time when labor unions are weak, Catholics still have a place in the labor movement, said a priest who emphasized the Church’s historic efforts to teach the rights of labor and train workers to organize.