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

Leaked e-mail shows media campaign against US bishops

Jun 21, 2012 / 03:05 am

A leaked e-mail shows that the Democratic-leaning organization Faith in Public Life is running a behind-the-scenes media effort to undercut the U.S. bishops and the “Fortnight for Freedom” events intended to rally opposition to the HHS mandate.

News analyst examines media failures on Catholic issues

Jun 16, 2012 / 15:47 pm

News media coverage has “ranged from imbalanced to near-fraudulent” in its contrasting reports on the religious freedom rallies and the controversy over Vatican action towards the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, media observer Mollie Hemingway says.

Catholic Health Association reverses course on mandate accommodation

Jun 15, 2012 / 16:12 pm

In a call for broader religious exemptions, the Catholic Health Association has backtracked from its initial support for the Obama administration’s compromise on a rule that mandates employer coverage of contraception and sterilization.

Sisters of Mercy doctors say LCWR is injecting politics into dialogue

Jun 14, 2012 / 01:15 am

Physicians who are also Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma are criticizing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and its defenders for using an impoverished “language of politics” instead of “the language of faith” in the dialogue with the Catholic hierarchy.

HHS mandate defender sees Catholic institutions as distractions

Jun 11, 2012 / 14:35 pm

Washington Post columnist Anthony Stevens-Arroyo is a Catholic who does not believe the Obama Administration is attacking religious liberty by mandating Catholic institutions to pay for birth control in their employee health plans.

Pope names two auxiliary bishops for Rockville Centre diocese

Jun 8, 2012 / 10:16 am

The Diocese of Rockville Centre on New York’s Long Island will receive two new auxiliary bishops following Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment of two priests who will be ordained for the diocese.

Pope to attend World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

Jun 6, 2012 / 08:28 am

Pope Benedict XVI personally chose Philadelphia as the site for the next World Meeting of Families and, health permitting, will attend the 2015 event, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said.

Ontario could impose Gay-Straight Alliances on Catholic schools

May 30, 2012 / 03:03 am

The provincial government of Ontario is considering a proposal that would force Catholic schools to recognize Gay-Straight Alliances, causing Catholic leaders to say it risks threatening religious freedom and could allow clubs that undermine Church teaching.

Signs of hope one year after Joplin tornado

May 22, 2012 / 03:08 am

As the residents of tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo. mark the one-year anniversary of the disaster that hit their community, a diocesan spokeswoman says they are seeing it as an opportunity for hope and continued recovery.

Catholics nationwide preparing 'Fortnight for Freedom' events

May 20, 2012 / 16:45 pm

Various initiatives are planned throughout the country in response to the U.S. bishops’ call for a “Fortnight for Freedom” June 21-July 4 to encourage prayer, education and public action about religious freedom.

Cardinal Dolan's arrival on Twitter draws thousands

May 17, 2012 / 01:08 am

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York debuted on Twitter last week, adapting his engaging, humorous style to the popular microblogging site and quickly becoming the third most followed cardinal.

Colo. civil unions not dead until session’s end, opponents warn

May 15, 2012 / 13:12 pm

Though a Colorado House committee voted to kill a civil unions bill Monday night, the measure’s opponents have called for continued vigilance until the end of the legislature’s special session.

Raleigh bishop grateful N. Carolina marriage amendment passed

May 10, 2012 / 03:11 am

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh thanked North Carolina voters for passing a marriage amendment that gives constitutional protections to the definition of marriage.

Vandals strike historic Santa Cruz church

May 9, 2012 / 06:09 am

The parishioners of Holy Cross Church and the Diocese of Monterey, Calif. are “shocked and saddened” after a Sunday vandalism spree damaged irreplaceable items like a baptismal font that the famous missionary Bl. Junipero Serra brought to the area in 1791.

Survey suggests churches need to 'catch up' with unaffiliated Catholics

May 4, 2012 / 03:11 am

A census of religious adherence in the U.S. that reported a five percent decline in the U.S. Catholic population associated with a specific parish suggests that some dioceses need to “catch up” with Catholics new to their areas.

Chuck Colson remembered for public Christian witness

Apr 23, 2012 / 16:26 pm

The death of Charles W. “Chuck” Colson drew remembrances from many national and Christian leaders who praised the former political operative’s work in prison ministry, Evangelical-Catholic dialogue and religious freedom advocacy.

Baseball star organizes Catholic sports camp for youth

Apr 21, 2012 / 15:08 pm

Retired pro baseball star Mike Sweeney has organized a Catholic baseball camp this summer in San Diego to help young boys connect their sports life and their faith life while learning from professional athletes.

Catholics praise Nebraska law helping pregnant immigrants

Apr 21, 2012 / 05:02 am

In a move surpassing anti-immigration sentiment, the Nebraska legislature overrode the governor’s veto of a bill that provides taxpayer-funded prenatal care for immigrant and imprisoned women.

Creator of Bible-based Facebook game lauds internet evangelism

Apr 19, 2012 / 01:03 am

The internet and social media provide countless opportunities to reach people with God’s message, says the creative force behind the new Bible-based Facebook game “The Journey of Moses.”

Archbishop Chaput sees US trending against religious liberty

Apr 17, 2012 / 03:07 am

In an exclusive interview on his new eBook “A Heart on Fire,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says the recent contraception mandate points to a “pattern” of attacks on religious liberty in the U.S.