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

Religious freedom objections to mandatory health care coverage part of broader lawsuit

Aug 11, 2022 / 13:39 pm

Religious freedom violations are among the claims of a federal lawsuit challenging mandatory “preventive care” coverage in employee health plans. But the lawsuit’s other challenges to federal rule-making could have far-reaching consequences.

Drive-by gunshots target Denver-area Catholic church

Aug 8, 2022 / 17:30 pm

No one was hurt, but the church suffered tens of thousands of dollars in estimated damage.

Unborn babies are tax exempt under Georgia’s heartbeat-based abortion law

Aug 5, 2022 / 19:00 pm

An unborn baby is now recognized as a dependent who will qualify expectant parents for a $3,000 deduction in Georgia tax rules, under the same law which bans abortion based on a detectible fetal heartbeat.

Don’t ignore Canada’s spike in anti-Catholic hate crimes, watchdog says

Aug 5, 2022 / 15:00 pm

Catholics in Canada suffered the largest spike in religion-based hate crimes last year, and government officials must take action in response, a watchdog group has said.

Public Masses suspended at Chicago's Shrine of Christ the King

Aug 4, 2022 / 17:19 pm

A prominent Chicago church which is home to a Traditional Latin Mass religious institute announced the end of all public Masses, as of last Sunday.

Post-Roe ‘confusion’ helped defeat Kansas pro-life amendment

Aug 3, 2022 / 17:22 pm

The pro-life campaign faulted “an onslaught of misinformation from radical left organizations that spent millions of out-of-state dollars to spread lies about the Value Them Both Amendment.”

Michigan: Democratic governor wins latest round in legal fight over 1931 abortion ban

Aug 3, 2022 / 15:55 pm

The law, whose current form dates back to 1931, criminalizes abortion except when necessary to save the life of the mother.

Religious freedom conflicts ahead after Michigan Supreme Court redefines sex

Aug 2, 2022 / 17:00 pm

A Michigan Supreme Court decision that state civil rights law bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation may conflict with religious liberty, the Catholic Church in the state has said.

Australian bill would allow legalization of assisted suicide, euthanasia in territories

Aug 2, 2022 / 06:00 am

Lawmakers in the Australian Parliament have proposed a bill to allow two of Australia’s ten territories to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, following the legalization of the practices in all six Australian states despite vocal Catholic opposition.

Big-spending abortion backers target Kansas ballot measure, but pro-lifers hope for win

Jul 31, 2022 / 04:00 am

Backers of the Value Them Both Amendment expect to be outspent but are confident they will prevail at the ballot box on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Six years after grisly murder, France remembers Father Jacques Hamel

Jul 26, 2022 / 17:16 pm

Hamel was killed at the church on July 26, 2016, by supporters of the Islamic State group as he finished saying Mass.

EWTN survey: Catholic voters back religious freedom, but aren't always consistent

Jul 15, 2022 / 06:00 am

Catholic likely voters tend to be strong supporters of religious freedom and conscientious objections in general, but conversations still need to take place to help bridge the gaps between Catholic opinion and a consistent Catholic life.

Poll: Catholic voters 'very worried' about attacks on churches and pro-life pregnancy centers

Jul 14, 2022 / 17:00 pm

Catholic voters are worried about vandalism and attacks targeting churches and pro-life pregnancy centers, regardless of how often they attend church. A new poll sponsored by EWTN found that more than 4 in 5 Catholic likely voters are very or somewhat concerned about the attacks.

As Catholic Church in Australia ends plenary council, members hope for lasting impact

Jul 12, 2022 / 10:09 am

The Catholic Church in Australia has concluded its Fifth Plenary Council. After months of debate and discussion on Church governance and pastoral priorities, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth declared the council closed on Saturday. 

Surprise! Abortion limits are rather popular, survey says after Roe v Wade overturned

Jul 8, 2022 / 18:00 pm

Abortion limits are surprisingly popular, according to the Harris Poll: half of Americans say abortion should be legal no later than six weeks into pregnancy, and a strong majority say abortion should be legal no later than 15 weeks—the same limit as the Mississippi law considered in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned Roe v. Wade.

Congregation of Holy Cross elects first non-priest superior general

Jul 7, 2022 / 14:24 pm

The Congregation of Holy Cross has elected the Connecticut-born Brother Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., as superior general. He is the first non-priest to head the congregation, as allowed under a change to church law approved by Pope Francis.

Why Dobbs is a better precedent than Roe

Jul 7, 2022 / 12:06 pm

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, it ended almost 50 years of pro-abortion rights jurisprudence. For those who welcomed the decision, the legal foundation for a better future has been laid.

With Roe v Wade a dead letter, Biden rallies governors to promote abortion access

Jul 1, 2022 / 17:11 pm

In the wake of a Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, President Joe Biden met with a group of Democratic governors on Friday to discuss how to increase access to abortion and to codify abortion rights at the federal level. 

FBI probe could help prosecute Louisiana priests accused of inter-state sex abuse

Jul 1, 2022 / 12:04 pm

Federal authorities are investigating alleged sex abuse of minors by New Orleans-area Catholic clergy, sometimes going back decades, on the grounds that the accused men could have violated a federal anti-sex trafficking law by crossing state lines.

California abortion amendment deserves 'vigorous opposition', bishops say

Jun 30, 2022 / 16:47 pm

California voters will have the opportunity to approve or reject a strongly pro-abortion amendment to the state constitution in November. The state’s Catholic bishops said the proposal gives a “boundless scope” to ending the lives of the unborn when human lives should instead be protected “at every age in every stage.”