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

Pope names new bishop of Baker, Oregon

Mar 8, 2012 / 13:39 pm

Pope Benedict XVI’s March 7 appointment of Fr. Liam Stephen Cary as the new bishop of Oregon’s Baker diocese was warmly received by Catholic bishops in the region.

HHS mandate threatens Little Sisters of the Poor elder care

Mar 8, 2012 / 00:34 am

The Little Sisters of the Poor say the HHS contraception and sterilization mandate threatens their continued ministry to the impoverished elderly. They are “strongly objecting” to the federal rule and say it should be repealed as soon as possible.

Hawaii lawsuit shows civil unions help redefine marriage

Mar 7, 2012 / 04:21 am

A Hawaiian lawsuit asking a federal court to instate “gay marriage” shows that the recognition of same-sex domestic partnerships and civil unions is just a stepping stone to redefining marriage, several critics say.

Pope voices sorrow over deadly Poland train wreck

Mar 6, 2012 / 16:23 pm

Pope Benedict XVI heard “with sorrow” the news of a deadly head-on train collision in Poland and has expressed his condolences to the victims in a telegram to the president of the Polish bishops’ conference.

Indiana Catholics respond to ‘devastating’ storm damage

Mar 5, 2012 / 19:23 pm

Indiana Catholics are committed to helping victims recover from the March 2 outburst of tornadoes that killed at least 13 people in the southern part of the state.

Catholics remember Shahbaz Bhatti one year after murder

Mar 2, 2012 / 14:56 pm

The first anniversary of the murder of Pakistan Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti witnessed several memorials and acclamations for the man many say should be declared a martyr.

‘Hacktivist’ assault on World Youth Day site provides insights

Mar 2, 2012 / 04:01 am

An internet security firm’s report on an apparent anti-Catholic “hacktivism” attack has renewed interest in an assault on World Youth Day computers in August 2011.

NASA worker's lawsuit charges discrimination over intelligent design

Mar 2, 2012 / 01:14 am

A NASA mission specialist allegedly demoted for his beliefs about intelligent design is suing Jet Propulsion Laboratories in a civil trial to begin in Los Angeles March 7.

Illinois diocese prays for storm victims

Mar 1, 2012 / 17:05 pm

The Diocese of Belleville prayed for victims and pledged its help after storms and tornados in southern Illinois killed at least six people and destroyed hundreds of buildings, including a Catholic church.

Arizona State to offer theology classes through Catholic university

Mar 1, 2012 / 11:34 am

In a very uncommon partnership between state-run and Catholic universities, Arizona State University students will be able to take courses in Catholic theology or Catholic studies under a new agreement announced March 1.

New video supports conscience law against HHS mandate

Feb 28, 2012 / 18:06 pm

The Catholic Advocate organization has launched a new video in an effort to defend religious liberty against the HHS mandate and rally support for the proposed Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.

Cardinal Dolan joins letter against mandate 'accommodation'

Feb 27, 2012 / 16:25 pm

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan joined more than 500 university presidents, academics and religious leaders in a letter denouncing President Obama's contraception mandate “accommodation.”

Boys Town founder to be named Servant of God

Feb 25, 2012 / 16:08 pm

Father Edward Flanagan, the founder of the famous Boys Town orphanage, will be declared a “Servant of God” next month as the Archdiocese of Omaha opens his cause for beatification.

Catholic CEO calls mandate compromise 'divide and conquer' strategy

Feb 24, 2012 / 04:03 am

A group of women religious' approval of the contraception mandate compromise plays into President Obama's “transparent tactic” of dividing the Church, says a Catholic healthcare CEO.

Wichita cathedral statues offer new look at Holy Family

Feb 23, 2012 / 09:12 am

Wichita’s Catholic cathedral has commissioned two statues whose creator intends to provide a “powerful” depiction of the Crucifixion and to celebrate Mary being pregnant with Jesus.

Pope says ashes symbolize austerity and resurrection

Feb 22, 2012 / 13:31 pm

Like millions of Catholics around the world, Pope Benedict XVI received ashes on Ash Wednesday. He said that they become a “sacred symbol” of austerity which reflects both the “curse” of sin and the promise of the resurrection in a fallen world.

Gov. Christie praised for veto of New Jersey 'gay marriage' bill

Feb 22, 2012 / 04:06 am

The New Jersey Catholic Conference lauded Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill recognizing “gay marriage” in the state, but observed that better marriage formation for local Catholics is still needed.

Presidents Day ad stresses importance of God and religion

Feb 20, 2012 / 17:11 pm

A new Knights of Columbus commercial uses Presidents Day Weekend to remind Americans that past presidents saw God and religion as foundational to the country.

Feds seek dismissal of Belmont Abbey College’s anti-HHS suit

Feb 18, 2012 / 06:01 am

Facing Belmont Abbey College’s legal challenge to the HHS contraception mandate, the Obama administration has asked a U.S. district court to dismiss the case. The move drew criticism from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which charged that the administration made no attempt to defend the constitutionality of the rule.

Cardinal-designate Dolan outlines ‘creative strategy’ for evangelization

Feb 17, 2012 / 12:55 pm

In remarks to the Pope and the College of Cardinals, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan outlined a seven-point “creative strategy of evangelization” to counter secularism and bring people to Jesus.