Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Articles by Kevin Jones

After 100 years, US Catholicism still bears the stamp of World War I

Nov 11, 2018 / 03:14 am

A century after the close of World War I, the war has faded from living memory. But its effects endure.

When self-driving cars are forced to crash, whom should they hit?  

Nov 8, 2018 / 12:00 pm

If a self-driving car is about to crash into a crowd, and it can only swerve to hit a baby stroller or a large man, whom should it decide to kill?

Why the Holy Land is the 'fifth gospel' of Christianity

Nov 7, 2018 / 03:07 am

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a powerful journey that can ignite Christian faith through seeing the places Jesus walked, worked miracles, died and rose from the dead.

Clergy sex abuse on the rise again, and Church leaders are ignoring why, sociologist says

Nov 2, 2018 / 14:13 pm

After years in decline, Catholic clergy sex abuse could be on the rise again, warns a professor-priest’s analysis of relevant data.

Masterpiece Cakeshop case drew $500k in grants from religious freedom foes

Oct 25, 2018 / 03:00 am

Some opponents of broad religious freedom protections have spent over $500,000 on advocacy and public relations campaigns related to the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court decision, a CNA analysis of recent foundation grantmaking has found.

Neutrality on assisted suicide is the wrong prescription, Catholic doctors say

Oct 19, 2018 / 13:50 pm

The American Academy of Family Physicians has taken a neutral position on assisted suicide and will lobby the American Medical Association to do the same, drawing criticism from Catholics but praise from assisted suicide advocates.

In fight against hunger, Pope says ‘beautiful words’ must lead to collective action

Oct 16, 2018 / 16:00 pm

Feeding the hungry requires combined action and political will to provide real help for the poor, Pope Francis has said.

Wash. Supreme Court strikes down death penalty as arbitrary, racially biased

Oct 12, 2018 / 11:00 am

The ruling was issued Oct. 11 and makes the state one of twenty to halt the use of death penalty. The result was welcomed by Washington’s Catholic bishops.

Ahead of Brexit, Irish fear border tensions and split parishes

Oct 5, 2018 / 08:00 am

Catholic leaders fear a revival of border tensions in Ireland following Brexit. As the United Kingdom prepares for its withdrawal from the European Union, Catholics in parishes and dioceses split by the border are concerned that any return to a “hard border” could mean real effects on their day-to-day lives.

Florida Catholic event seeks to overcome denial about modern racism

Sep 8, 2018 / 03:15 am

A recent event in a Florida diocese is seeking to help Catholics overcome a lack of awareness about the ongoing problem of racism in America today, said organizers of the initiative.

Despite McCarrick abuse claims, State Department leaves questions unanswered

Sep 5, 2018 / 02:00 am

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick made several overseas trips with the U.S. State Department, including some documented on Wikileaks, but a State Department spokesman avoided direct questions about whether his alleged sexual misconduct has prompted a review of his work under U.S. auspices.

Does the Pa. grand jury report mean changes for statutes of limitations?

Aug 17, 2018 / 02:23 am

Following a major grand jury report on past sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania, discussions continue over whether and how to change the state’s legal limits on prosecution and civil lawsuits for sex abuse.

Abuse accusations bring scrutiny for McCarrick's charity fund

Aug 10, 2018 / 15:41 pm

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s roles included service on the boards of at least two foundations that gave over $500,000 combined to his personally overseen fund at the Archdiocese of Washington over a decade’s time.

Texas bishop: hold McCarrick and his enablers accountable

Jul 28, 2018 / 14:33 pm

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s alleged crimes might merit removing him from the clergy entirely—and they require accountability for all Church leaders who knew of his alleged misconduct and did nothing, Bishop Michael F. Olson of Fort Worth, Texas has said in a letter to the faithful of his diocese.

How Fr. Spitzer wants to make Catholicism credible for doubting Millennials

Jul 26, 2018 / 23:00 pm

How can Catholics respond to young people’s questions and concerns about faith, science, and modern problems?

In China, government-aligned bishops release ‘Sinicization’ plan

Jul 24, 2018 / 23:00 pm

Continuing a controversial plan, Chinese bishops allied with the government have told dioceses to prepare local versions of a “Sinicization” program to bring the Catholic Church more in-line with the government’s understanding of Chinese culture, society and politics.

The consistent pro-life ethic can’t be ‘Calvinball’, prof tells pro-life Dems

Jul 24, 2018 / 09:56 am

Efforts to advance a pro-life ethic need to be “authentic, consistent and beautiful” if they are to combat the “throwaway culture” diagnosed by Pope Francis--and they must reject any similarity to “Calvinball”, the fictional game without rules from the Calvin and Hobbes comic, Charles Camosy, a Fordham University ethics professor, told a conference of pro-life Democrats.

Embryo gene-editing poses inescapable ethical problems, critic says

Jul 18, 2018 / 18:00 pm

Genetic editing of human embryos, even in special circumstances, ignores the complex ethical problems related to creating and destroying human embryos, a Catholic bioethicist has said.

Read Vatican guide to consecrated virginity with discernment, canonist says

Jul 16, 2018 / 12:56 pm

A new Vatican instruction on the role of consecrated virginity has drawn criticism from an American group, which says that a key paragraph of the document could lead to confusion. At issue is whether entering the Church’s “order of virgins” requires that women actually be virgins.

In Minnesota, Catholic Charities sues near-bankrupt diocese

Jul 12, 2018 / 05:00 am

The fate of a children’s home is the subject of a lawsuit against the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minn., by the diocese’s Catholic Charities affiliate, which fears the diocese’s planned bankruptcy could disrupt services at the facility.