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

Pro-life cause sees advances in Congressional debate on abortion

Feb 20, 2011 / 15:10 pm

Key pro-life measures advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. One committee approved a bill that would ensure health care legislation does not provide funding for abortions, while the House passed a bill that would pull Title X funding for Planned Parenthood.

Vatican ruling against closure of three Mass. churches might not be final

Feb 17, 2011 / 15:47 pm

While a decree from the Vatican held that three churches in the Diocese of Springfield should not be closed, a canon lawyer who analyzed the ruling said that the document leaves open the possibility that the churches can still be shut down if proper procedure is followed.

House begins debate on ‘long overdue’ abortion funding restrictions

Feb 10, 2011 / 03:15 am

The House of Representatives has begun debate on proposals targeting funding of abortion in the federal budget.

Refusal to air John 3:16 Super Bowl ad censored Jesus, media watchdog says

Feb 8, 2011 / 03:43 am

The Fox Broadcasting Company’s refusal to air a Super Bowl commercial which encouraged the reading of the Bible verse John 3:16 “censored” Jesus Christ while ignoring objectionable material, Media Research Center president L. Brent Bozell III said.

Catholic bishops place bets on Steelers-Packers Super Bowl

Feb 5, 2011 / 05:36 am

Ahead of the Super Bowl, Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay and Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh have made a friendly wager on the outcome of the NFL Championship game.

New iPhone app aims to help Catholics go to Confession

Feb 4, 2011 / 01:01 am

Developers of a new “confession helper” iPhone application say they found inspiration in Pope Benedict XVI’s call for more youth involvement in social communication.

Catholic Church querying US Anglicans for possible ordinariate

Feb 3, 2011 / 23:21 pm

Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl said in an interview that the Catholic Church has sent out questionnaires to learn more about U.S. Anglicans who have expressed an interest in becoming Catholic. A sufficiently large response would mean the creation of an Anglican ordinariate in the U.S.

Baltimore’s mandatory pregnancy center signs are unconstitutional, federal judge rules

Feb 3, 2011 / 04:01 am

A federal judge in Maryland has struck down a law which required pro-life pregnancy centers to post announcements that they do not refer clients for abortions or birth control. The Archbishop of Baltimore declared the ruling “a clear victory.”

Cardinal Wuerl’s new book celebrates glories of the Mass, anticipates new Missal translation

Feb 1, 2011 / 04:01 am

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington says the new English translation of the Roman Missal represents “a catechetical moment for the whole Church in the country.”

Legislation introduced to permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion

Jan 20, 2011 / 15:29 pm

Legislation which would permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion across all federal programs is “one of our highest legislative priorities,” the new Speaker of the House has said in his introduction to the legislation.

Man’s 3,700-mile run across America emphasizes importance of prayer

Jan 19, 2011 / 03:43 am

A Catholic man is running across America and praying the whole way. Despite the difficulties he has faced, he says he wants to use his talents to serve God and to help those he prays for.

Proposed legislation reacts to court ruling on Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross

Jan 13, 2011 / 18:28 pm

In response to a federal court’s ruling that the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross is unconstitutional, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has introduced legislation he says will ensure that military monuments which include religious symbols are explicitly protected under federal law.

Pakistani archbishop says assassination shows dangerous rise in extremism

Jan 7, 2011 / 00:15 am

Assassinated Pakistani Gov. Salman Taseer was a “staunch defender” of the rights of minorities and stood up to extremist groups, the Catholic Archbishop of Lahore said Jan. 6. The archbishop decried the mindset of “religious fanaticism” in the country and warned that its extremists are winning.

Mt. Soledad memorial cross is prohibited endorsement of religion, federal court says

Jan 6, 2011 / 04:05 am

The Mount Soledad Memorial Cross is unconstitutional because it conveys the message of “state-endorsed religion,” a federal appeals court ruled on Jan. 4.

Vatican’s global importance evident in leaked cables

Dec 14, 2010 / 03:52 am

Leaked State Department cables are giving insight into the Vatican’s influential role on the world stage and the United States’ efforts to cooperate with the Holy See in advancing common interests.  

Court case and congressional inaction put embryonic stem cell research in limbo

Dec 10, 2010 / 03:11 am

The fate of federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research remains in question as a federal appellate panel considers its legality. Pro-life leaders have backed broad restrictions on the funding, saying congressional inaction is due both to uncertainty and to the success of adult stem cell research.

US Vatican Embassy condemns ‘harmful’ WikiLeaks

Dec 3, 2010 / 14:55 pm

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has condemned “in the strongest terms” the unauthorized disclosure of State Department cables possessed by WikiLeaks. Disclosure of the cables’ contents could be harmful to individuals and international relations, the embassy said in response to questions from CNA.

WikiLeaks' Vatican cables involve national security, intelligence and religious freedom issues

Dec 2, 2010 / 13:43 pm

The ongoing WikiLeaks “Cablegate” project could result in the release of more than 800 U.S. diplomatic cables involving the Vatican.

Catholic League nativity sets find positive response from state governors

Dec 1, 2010 / 03:55 am

The Catholic League recently sent nativity scenes of the Holy Family to the 50 governors of the United States.  So far, the group says, the responses received have been “overwhelmingly” positive.

Pro-family leaders warn that ‘hate group’ label defines Christianity as bigotry

Nov 30, 2010 / 22:41 pm

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s classification of pro-family groups as hate groups is the “next phase” of a gay rights movement which seeks to redefine Christianity as bigotry and to shut down honest debate, pro-family leaders warned.