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

Federal judge blocks Kentucky abortion law, citing compliance problems

Apr 25, 2022 / 14:53 pm

Abortions have resumed in Kentucky after a federal judge temporarily blocked a multi-faceted abortion restrictions law and said the state needs to do more to ensure those affected by it can comply.

Funding for poor Los Angeles Catholic schools in limbo as judge nixes lawsuit

Apr 22, 2022 / 14:57 pm

Despite a State of California report saying that the Los Angeles Unified School District wrongly withheld federal funding from Catholic schools that serve poor students, a judge has said the archdiocese still needs to make its case first through administrative action, not through a lawsuit.

More Indigenous Canadians meet with Pope Francis, amid talk of papal visit

Apr 21, 2022 / 18:00 pm

As the Catholic Church continues to engage Canada’s Indigenous people and questions of historical abuse, Pope Francis met with a delegation of Metis people from Manitoba on Thursday.

Professor who resisted mandatory transgender pronouns reaches settlement with university

Apr 19, 2022 / 16:28 pm

Shawnee State University and Prof. Nicholas Meriwether have agreed to a $400,000 settlement after the professor faced disciplinary action for declining to use the preferred pronouns of a self-identified transgender student.

Ukrainian suffering makes Rome's Via Crucis format 'incomprehensible', bishop says

Apr 14, 2022 / 15:07 pm

Another Ukrainian bishop has voiced concern about the incorporation of both Russian and Ukrainian families into Pope Francis’ Way of the Cross devotional this Good Friday, noting that many Ukrainians have a hard time understanding this portrayal amid continued Russian aggression.

Self-sabotaging Catholicism won't help Australia, archbishop says of plenary council prep

Apr 13, 2022 / 16:57 pm

At a time when Catholicism in Australia faces crises such as a loss of faith and declining religious practice, a plenary council preparatory document shows “serious failures” that suggest a lack of confidence and “evangelical vigor,” one archbishop has said. 

As Canada normalizes euthanasia, assisted suicide for mentally ill, doctors voice concerns

Apr 12, 2022 / 17:18 pm

Last year, Canadian lawmakers approved legislation that expanded the eligibility for euthanasia and assisted suicide to the mentally ill, and now policymakers, doctors, and others are debating what the law will mean for medical practice in the country.

Guilty verdict for murderer of Catholic MP David Amess

Apr 11, 2022 / 14:00 pm

A jury has convicted Ali Harbi Ali for the murder of Catholic Minister of Parliament Sir David Amess and for preparing acts of terrorism.

Law, politics, and five abortion victims: Will justice prevail in DC?

Apr 7, 2022 / 17:40 pm

The bodies of five abortion victims in the District of Columbia have captured headlines, with pro-life activists asking if they were killed in illegal abortions—and if local authorities will really do their best to investigate.

Months later, nine Egyptian Christians still detained after protests to rebuild church

Apr 5, 2022 / 17:19 pm

Months after protests of the government’s apparent refusal to approve the rebuilding of a damaged church, nine Christian protesters in Egypt remain in detention as supporters call for their release.

English police guidelines change after Catholic MP dies without Last Rites

Apr 4, 2022 / 18:00 pm

Police guidelines in the U.K. have changed to allow clergy to assist badly injured crime victims after Catholic MP David Amess died without benefit of the Last Rites when police failed to grant access to a priest who had rushed to the crime scene.

Open your hearts to God to live out the world's consecration to Mary, Bishop Davies says

Mar 29, 2022 / 16:00 pm

Every Catholic Christian has a role to play in living out Pope Francis’ consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has said in a pastoral letter.

In China, Christian human rights activist faces mistreatment, fabricated charges, supporters say

Mar 28, 2022 / 17:00 pm

Li Qiaochu, a prominent Christian and labor rights activist in China, has been imprisoned for more than a year. Her supporters say she wrongly faces a charge of inciting subversion and worry she is being mistreated while in detention.

‘Enough!’ End war before it ends us, Pope Francis says as Ukraine invasion continues

Mar 27, 2022 / 10:36 am

"Before the danger of self-destruction, may humanity understand that the moment has come to abolish war, to erase it from human history before it erases human history," Pope Francis said in another plea for peace more than one month after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Let’s learn to rejoice like the father of the Prodigal Son, Pope Francis says

Mar 27, 2022 / 08:54 am

"God is a Father who not only welcomes us back, but rejoices and throws a feast for his son who has returned home after having squandered all his possessions. We are that son, and it is moving to think about how much the Father always loves us and waits for us."

Catholic congressman convicted of lying to federal investigators, pledges to appeal

Mar 25, 2022 / 17:00 pm

U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry has said he will appeal his Thursday conviction on three felony counts of lying to federal officials during their investigation of illegal donations to his campaign from a wealthy non-U.S. citizen.

MacKenzie Scott gives mega-gift to abortion provider Planned Parenthood

Mar 24, 2022 / 17:00 pm

MacKenzie Scott, an early Amazon leader and ex-wife of company founder Jeff Bezos, has given $275 million to Planned Parenthood, the United States’ largest abortion provider, including grants to 21 regional affiliates. Still more money from one of the world’s richest women will go to a Hispanic pro-abortion rights group.

No co-pays for abortion under new California law

Mar 23, 2022 / 15:25 pm

California will eliminate several costs of abortion procedures under a law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Tuesday. The law, which will increase monthly insurance premiums, is among the state’s continuing efforts to expand abortion despite the objections of Catholic leaders and others who oppose the procedure.

Michigan pressure on Catholic adoption agencies backfires, costs $800,000 in legal fees

Mar 22, 2022 / 17:10 pm

Michigan officials tried to bar funds for Catholic child placement agencies. Instead, they are paying at least $800,000 in legal fees in settling two agencies’ successful First Amendment challenges.

WHO guidelines on abortion imply conscience objections are 'indefensible'

Mar 21, 2022 / 18:00 pm

The World Health Organization’s latest guidelines on abortion treat individuals and institutions that object to abortion as an obstacle, while ignoring the right to life.