Kevin J. Jones

Kevin J. Jones

Kevin J. Jones is a senior staff writer with Catholic News Agency. He was a recipient of a 2014 Catholic Relief Services' Egan Journalism Fellowship.

Articles by Kevin J. Jones

Christian-Muslim dialogue needs a foundation in everyday friendship, French Dominican says

Nov 26, 2021 / 00:00 am

Progress in Christian-Muslim dialogue ultimately must come from Catholics and others who deliberately make efforts to befriend and understand Muslims, said the French-born Father Jean Druel, O.P. 

Petition seeks to return St. Junipero Serra statue to ‘place of honor’ at Catholic university

Nov 24, 2021 / 18:04 pm

A statue of Saint Junipero Serra must return to the Loyola Marymount University campus, an alumni group has said in a letter and petition to the president of the Los Angeles-area Catholic university.

Former priest files new sexual abuse lawsuit against Theodore McCarrick

Nov 23, 2021 / 18:35 pm

A former Catholic priest who has previously alleged that ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him when he was a seminarian has filed a lawsuit against McCarrick and the Newark archdiocese.

After shocking Waukesha Christmas parade attack, Wis. Catholics grieve and pray

Nov 22, 2021 / 16:51 pm

Catholics in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha have responded with grief, prayer, and solidarity after an SUV drove into marchers in the city’s Christmas parade. Five people were killed, and among the nearly 50 injured are a Catholic priest, multiple parishioners, and Catholic schoolchildren.

Heart surgery scheduled for San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy

Nov 22, 2021 / 11:32 am

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is scheduled for a coronary bypass surgery on Monday. He is expected to make a full recovery, though he will not return to work until after Christmas.

Lawsuit alleges Jesuit priest committed sex abuse in North Carolina in the 1990s

Nov 19, 2021 / 16:30 pm

A new lawsuit alleges that a long-serving Jesuit priest sexually abused a boy at a Catholic school in Charlotte, North Carolina in the 1990s. 

Washington florist who declined to serve same-sex wedding will pay settlement, retire

Nov 18, 2021 / 20:05 pm

A Christian florist who was sued after declining to create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony and subsequently spent eight years in court will pay a small settlement and retire, rather than seek another U.S. Supreme Court hearing.

Teacher who criticized ‘preferred pronoun’ policy reaches settlement with Virginia school board

Nov 16, 2021 / 16:01 pm

A Virginia teacher who was disciplined for objecting to a proposed policy requiring transgender-affirming pronouns has agreed to a settlement with the Loudoun County public school board.

Father Gregor Pawlowski, Jewish Holocaust survivor and Catholic priest, laid to rest in Poland

Nov 14, 2021 / 15:00 pm

Father Gregor Pawlowski died in Israel Oct. 21 at the age of 90, but he wanted his body to be buried in Poland alongside his Jewish family and other victims of the Holocaust.

Stats show Irish women benefit from waiting period before abortion, observers say

Nov 12, 2021 / 16:27 pm

About 1,500 Irish women in 2020 decided not to go through with an abortion after seeking an initial consultation. Critics of abortion say it’s a sign that these women need support and that the existing three-day waiting period should be preserved.

Vandalism of cross-shaped pro-life display at Catholic university caught on video

Nov 11, 2021 / 17:01 pm

A cross-shaped display of flags commemorating the lives lost in abortion was targeted by vandals at Saint Louis University, a Jesuit school, soon after it was set up on campus Monday morning.

Report on abuse in Church in US: Recent cases rare, but historical numbers show painful legacy

Nov 11, 2021 / 11:01 am

There are signs of progress in efforts to prevent sexual abuse of children, with under two dozen new allegations of recent abuse by clergy, according to the latest report on abuse in the Catholic Church in the U.S.

Open comment on Northern Ireland abortion clinic buffer zone bill ends soon, critics warn

Nov 9, 2021 / 17:01 pm

Peaceful sidewalk efforts to reach women considering an abortion are in peril if a proposed “draconian” Northern Ireland bill passes, pro-life advocates have warned, calling for concerned citizens to respond to the public comment period ending on Friday, Nov. 12.

Abortion funding a 'fundamental problem' in proposed federal budget, US bishops say

Nov 4, 2021 / 09:43 am

The presence of expanded taxpayer funding of abortion in the proposed federal budget is “completely unacceptable”, despite many worthy programs that help the poor and vulnerable, the U.S. bishops have said in a call to restore long-standing Hyde Amendment limits.

No Supreme Court hearing for Catholic hospital sued for declining transgender surgery

Nov 2, 2021 / 17:28 pm

The Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a lawsuit against a Catholic hospital that declined to perform a hysterectomy on a woman who identifies as a transgender man on the grounds that doing so would violate Catholic ethics and the U.S. bishops’ directives.

In win for Anglican nuns, Supreme Court orders new scrutiny for New York mandatory abortion coverage

Nov 1, 2021 / 15:56 pm

Foes of mandatory coverage of abortion in New York State insurance law will have another hearing after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a New York state court to reconsider their decision. The law’s narrow religious exemption wrongly disqualifies many religious groups which object to providing abortion, critics said. A group of Anglican nuns is among the objectors.

India's Christians see dangers in Karnataka survey, anti-conversion push

Oct 29, 2021 / 15:55 pm

A Catholic archbishop in India’s Karnataka state has again called on the state government to withdraw its orders to survey Christian missionaries, their places of worship, and other Christian institutions. The survey comes amid a proposal to pass “anti-conversion” laws, which Christians and others say are abused by extremists.

Parental notice repeal puts unborn children and young girls at risk, Illinois critics say

Oct 28, 2021 / 16:19 pm

The Illinois legislature’s vote to repeal parental notice requirements for abortion hurts young girls and unborn children, the Catholic Conference of Illinois and other pro-life advocates have said.

Whitmer ought to back school choice bill, not veto it, Michigan Catholic Conference says

Oct 27, 2021 / 17:01 pm

The Michigan Catholic Conference has welcomed the passage of legislation that would help fund scholarships for private and religious K-12 schools and pay some expenses for public school students, though Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has promised to veto the bills.

In India, Cardinal Alencherry again rejects allegations of illegal land deals

Oct 26, 2021 / 17:21 pm

Cardinal George Alencherry and his spokesman continue to reject claims of illegality in controversial land deals in the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. They say Indian federal officials’ new money laundering investigation is revisiting claims that previous investigations have found baseless.