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

‘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.

Documentary about actress turned nun nominated for Oscar

Feb 17, 2012 / 04:12 am

Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., a former actress turned cloistered nun, will attend her first Academy Awards show since 1959 to show support for “God is the Bigger Elvis,” an Oscar-nominated documentary about her and her abbey.

Leading consecrated woman leaves Regnum Christi

Feb 15, 2012 / 18:11 pm

Malén Oriol, the head of consecrated women in the Legionaries of Christ’s lay branch Regnum Christi, announced Feb. 14 that she has submitted her resignation.

Denver Theology on Tap inspires controversy, venue change

Feb 15, 2012 / 01:08 am

The Archdiocese of Denver's Theology on Tap program was compelled to seek a new venue after a lecture on religious liberty by Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley reportedly caused controversy among some patrons and staff.

Vatican's lawyer says abuse suit was withdrawn to avoid loss

Feb 13, 2012 / 17:29 pm

The withdrawal of a sex abuse lawsuit against the Holy See which tarnished the reputation of Pope Benedict XVI and added to a worldwide media controversy in Lent of 2010 shows the case had no legal merit, the Holy See’s U.S. lawyer Jeffrey Lena says.

Catholic student helps relieve children's suffering in Myanmar

Feb 12, 2012 / 16:11 pm

Conditions in a Myanmar children's prison are causing major suffering and malnutrition among its young prisoners, says a Burmese Catholic student working to make a difference.

Priest's TV series aims to put passion in faith

Feb 11, 2012 / 16:05 pm

Father Cedric Pisegna, C.P., says the latest season of his television show aims to help people examine their lives and to experience the new life of forgiveness that Jesus offers.