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

Opponents: Calif. vaccine bill will give taxpayer boost to drug companies

Sep 7, 2011 / 14:58 pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto a bill allowing 12-year-olds to consent to STD vaccinations or treatment without their parents’ knowledge, bill opponents say. They warn that the bill violates parents’ rights and could give pharmaceutical companies $360 per child vaccinated, at taxpayer expense.

Vatican phone numbers not revealed in WikiLeaks cable dump

Sep 6, 2011 / 14:45 pm

A WikiLeaks release of leaked State Department cables has drawn criticism for exposing sensitive diplomatic information. However, the massive release did not reveal confidential Vatican phone numbers but contained information already available in the city state’s public directory.

D.C. Padres baseball team promotes priestly vocations

Sep 2, 2011 / 04:02 am

A baseball team of 11 Catholic priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Washington will play a team of high school and college varsity players to help promote vocations. The team’s first baseman, Fr. Larry Young, can’t wait for the game.

Catholic Charities organizes help for Irene’s victims

Aug 30, 2011 / 23:21 pm

As Catholic Charities agencies respond in the aftermath of the hurricane and tropical storm Irene, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano of Burlington has expressed his “prayerful support” for Vermonters suffering the storm’s effects.

Calif. bill draws fire for letting children consent to STD vaccines

Aug 30, 2011 / 04:14 am

Public action is needed to defeat a California bill that would allow children as young as 12 to consent to Gardasil vaccines without parental permission. Opponents say the proposal is a violation of parents’ rights and is motivated by the desire to prepare children for sexual activity.

North Carolina Catholics prepare for Hurricane Irene’s wake

Aug 26, 2011 / 15:30 pm

Catholics in North Carolina are preparing to respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Catholic churches damaged in northeast US quake

Aug 24, 2011 / 15:35 pm

Churches in the archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore suffered some damage in the Aug. 23 earthquake that shook the northeastern United States. The oldest church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be closed for repairs for at least several weeks.

Fertility monitoring software is natural family planning's 'new face'

Aug 23, 2011 / 00:19 am

The developer of new fertility management software says it is becoming the “new face” for natural family planning. It can assist couples in conceiving or in avoiding pregnancy and help Catholics live their faith.

Government restrictions and social hostilities hinder religion globally

Aug 18, 2011 / 03:55 am

More than 2.2 billion people live in countries where government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose “substantially” in recent years, a new report says.

Increased cohabitation rates mean more instability for children

Aug 16, 2011 / 23:31 pm

Family instability continues to grow in the U.S. despite falling divorce rates for families with children. Researchers say an increase in cohabitation is part of the problem, adding that society’s “retreat from marriage” harms children and has particularly hurt poor and working-class communities.

Iraqi Christians worry after car bomb hits third Kirkuk church

Aug 16, 2011 / 04:23 am

In less than two weeks, car bomb attacks have hit three churches in the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk. The city’s archbishop lamented that Christians’ security concerns are not a priority for the government.

New York City’s mandatory sex ed program draws fire

Aug 12, 2011 / 04:00 am

The City of New York’s new requirement that one semester of sex education be taught in all public middle and high schools continues a “failed experiment” and substitutes parents’ beliefs and values with those of the schools, Catholic leaders said.

Maryknoll order to dismiss priest who advocates women’s ordination

Aug 9, 2011 / 22:57 pm

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers have notified Father Roy Bourgeois he will be dismissed from their order unless he renounces his “defiant stance” against Catholic teaching on the ordination of women.

Priest makes bobblehead doll of Pennsylvania's Bishop Trautman

Aug 5, 2011 / 03:42 am

Bishop Donald W. Trautman of Erie, Pa., and every one of his priests, now has a bobblehead doll in his likeness thanks to one priest who wanted to show appreciation for his service.

Catholic scholars blast ‘aggressive’ US contraceptive mandate

Aug 2, 2011 / 17:55 pm

A new federal requirement that employers’ health care plans must cover contraceptives is an “aggressive” approach that could hinder or shut down Catholic institutions because of inadequate and “impossibly narrow” religious exemptions, several Catholic commentators have said.

Archbishop Gomez: immigration helps recover Christian origins of America

Aug 2, 2011 / 03:33 am

Immigration is an opportunity and a key to American renewal because it helps bring to light the Christian, Catholic missionaries’ “heritage of holiness and service,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told a gathering of Catholic leaders and laity.

Contraception mandate won't let most religious groups opt out

Aug 1, 2011 / 14:58 pm

The Obama administration has announced a requirement that all new insurance plans must cover contraceptives and sterilization. However, the religious exemptions are so narrow that they could force Catholic charities, health care providers and educational institutions to cover services they regard as sinful, Catholic leaders warned.

World Trade Center cross still consoles victims, priest says

Jul 29, 2011 / 08:55 am

The World Trade Center cross is still a “sign of comfort” to many people, says the Franciscan priest who describes himself as its “unofficial guardian.”

Release Fr. Ly immediately, US religious freedom commission urges Vietnam

Jul 29, 2011 / 04:03 am

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has condemned the Vietnamese government’s latest arrest of religious freedom advocate Fr. Nguyen Van Ly.

Pope remembers Cardinal Noe’s diligent work

Jul 26, 2011 / 10:59 am

Cardinal Virgilio Noe, archpriest emeritus of the Vatican Basilica, former vicar general for Vatican City, and president of the Fabric of St. Peter, died on July 24 at the age of 89.