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Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Articles by Kevin Jones

The last Irish priest in Wyoming

Apr 6, 2019 / 03:00 am

“I am the last F.B.I.: foreign-born Irish,” Father Tom Sheridan, a retired priest of the Cheyenne diocese, told CNA.

Will LGBT activists split the Methodists?

Mar 29, 2019 / 18:00 pm

While the United Methodist Church has reaffirmed traditional Christian teaching on controversial LGBT issues, some American leaders in the denomination have rejected that decision, and now are organizing either to resist the decision or split into a new denomination.

New Open Society Foundations leader co-founded controversial 'Catholic Spring' groups

Mar 14, 2019 / 14:18 pm

The deeply influential Open Society Foundations has announced that Tom Perriello - a former congressman, pro-abortion rights gubernatorial candidate and co-founder of controversial Catholic political groups linked to John Podesta amid speculation of a “Catholic Spring” revolution against the bishops - will oversee grantmaking and advocacy for the U.S. programs branch of financier George Soros’ philanthropy network.

NY senator who backed abortion law disinvited from Catholic group’s parade

Mar 8, 2019 / 03:02 am

Controversy over a New York abortion bill resulted in a rebuke for a state senator who has been disinvited from a Huntington, N.Y. Irish-American Catholic group’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities and asked to resign as a member due to his vote for the legislation.

Colorado's Catholic bishops will open abuse records for review

Feb 19, 2019 / 20:51 pm

An agreement between Colorado’s attorney general and the state’s Catholic bishops aims to investigate clergy sex abuse of minors in the state’s Roman Catholic dioceses, the dioceses’ past handling of sex abuse, and current procedures and responses to abuse allegations.

NY archdiocese responds to Cardinal Spellman groping allegation

Feb 11, 2019 / 19:00 pm

The Archdiocese of New York has said it had only recently learned of an allegation that the deeply influential Cardinal Francis Spellman groped a visiting West Point cadet in the 1960s, but says it will take the accusation seriously and has invited the accuser to contact the archdiocese.

Has the birth control pill increased childbearing outside marriage?

Feb 7, 2019 / 00:03 am

Access to the birth control pill in the U.S. has increased the births of children outside of marriage, especially among poor and minority women, according to a new study of the contraceptive’s historic effects.

Colo. sex ed bill advances despite vocal opposition

Feb 1, 2019 / 10:22 am

A controversial sex ed bill was approved by a Colorado House committee this week, despite significant concerns voiced by Coloradans at a hearing at the state legislature.

The Satanic Temple at Sundance: mockumentary or documentary?

Jan 30, 2019 / 23:13 pm

The Satanic Temple shocked Catholics when it scheduled a purported black mass at Harvard University in 2014.

Pro-life advocates gather in San Francisco for Walk for Life West Coast

Jan 25, 2019 / 09:58 am

The Walk for Life West Coast aims to gather thousands of pro-life advocates in San Francisco in the next days for mutual support, outreach and inspiration.

Not so neutral: Colorado's sex ed bill could marginalize Catholics

Jan 23, 2019 / 13:11 pm

A “comprehensive sex education” bill in the Colorado legislature would require public schools to adopt a curriculum that could stigmatize Catholic beliefs about sexuality and gender, one critic warned.

When a baby dies, faith and medicine aim for compassion

Jan 19, 2019 / 10:00 am

Grieving a miscarriage or stillbirth can be heart-wrenching. As awareness of that difficulty grows, medical professionals and clergy strive to offer meaningful ways to help parents mourn.

Small, well-funded LGBT group to challenge Catholic teaching at World Youth Day

Jan 16, 2019 / 16:06 pm

A U.S.-based coalition of dissenting Catholics, whose backers include wealthy non-Catholic funders, is sending a small group of LGBT activists to World Youth Day in Panama to engage with media and pilgrims and to challenge Catholic teaching and practice they say is “harmful.”

Should Catholic health plans cover transgender surgeries? Settlement raises questions

Jan 15, 2019 / 00:03 am

A Catholic healthcare network has settled an ACLU lawsuit over transgender surgeries, saying that it has covered these procedures in its employee medical plan since January 2017.

Pennsylvania grand jury's Catholic sex abuse report gets a factcheck

Jan 11, 2019 / 12:12 pm

The 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report on Catholic clergy sex abuse didn’t get the thorough scrutiny it deserved, and both readers and reporters have been too accepting of the “sensational charges” it made, says veteran Catholic journalist Peter Steinfels.

Money, power and Humanae Vitae: the forgotten story

Dec 31, 2018 / 15:00 pm

The controversy over Humanae Vitae, the papal encyclical that reaffirmed Catholic teaching on contraception 50 years ago, cannot be understood apart from the context of a well-funded advocacy network for population control after the Second World War.

Why a famous social justice priest opposed birth control

Dec 21, 2018 / 05:00 am

During the early cultural battles over birth control in 1920s America, social thinker Monsignor John A. Ryan brought a unique perspective to the debate: he argued that contraception hurt solidarity and other efforts to ensure a decent living for workers and their families.

There's room for newborn babies at Bethlehem's Catholic hospital

Dec 20, 2018 / 10:34 am

A half mile away from the Nativity Church, the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem also strives to be a special place for newborn babies, and their families.

After abortion litmus test controversy, Canada job grant program makes some changes

Dec 12, 2018 / 11:24 am

Catholic organizations and others welcomed the Canadian government’s changes to rules for job grants that had required them to affirm abortion rights and other political causes - but they are still concerned that the rules could block some pro-life groups from participating.

Will Ireland’s abortion vote launch a new pro-life party?

Nov 24, 2018 / 03:59 am

Peadar Toibin, an Irish lawmaker who was suspended from the Sinn Fein political party for voting against legalizing abortion, is working to launch a new pro-life political movement whose draft manifesto says “all human life should be protected” and “no mother or child should be left behind.”