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

Obama using state coercion against religious, Rep. Smith charges

Feb 9, 2012 / 19:00 pm

President Barack Obama’s decision to require religious employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization is an “unconscionable” violation of religious freedom, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) says.

US Catholic bishops reject ruling against Prop. 8

Feb 8, 2012 / 14:00 pm

The U.S. bishops condemned a federal court ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, saying the move defies the will of California voters and reflects “basic confusion” about the nature of marriage.

Critics anticipate Supreme Court hearing after anti-Prop. 8 ruling

Feb 8, 2012 / 04:09 am

Critics found the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Feb. 7 ruling against the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 to be “absurd” but not surprising.

Appeals court rules Prop. 8 unconstitutional

Feb 7, 2012 / 11:43 am

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutionally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, clearing the way for a possible U.S. Supreme Court hearing on “gay marriage.”

Longstanding racketeering lawsuit against Vatican dismissed

Feb 6, 2012 / 16:33 pm

A federal court’s dismissal “with prejudice” of a 2002 lawsuit by five U.S. state commissioners against the Holy See shows the Vatican had “nothing to do” with a multi-million dollar criminal scheme against insurance companies, the Holy See’s U.S. attorney Jeffrey Lena said.

Romney pledges to eliminate HHS mandate on ‘day one’ of presidency

Feb 3, 2012 / 11:48 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has pledged to overturn the HHS contraception mandate that he says takes “particular aim” at Catholics.

HHS mandate a ‘slap in the face,’ Catholic Latino group says

Feb 1, 2012 / 04:15 am

The HHS contraception mandate is an insult to the Catholic community and shows that President Obama needs prayer, according to a national group of Latino leaders.

Indy Catholic church plans to evangelize Super Bowl Village

Jan 30, 2012 / 15:09 pm

Indianapolis’ St. John the Evangelist Church is located in the heart of the Super Bowl Village, and the historic Catholic church intends to open its doors to everyone.

Catholics United’s defense of contraception mandate draws criticism

Jan 25, 2012 / 15:52 pm

A Democratic-leaning Catholic group’s favorable reaction to the Obama administration’s new contraception mandate is being criticized for neglecting the threat to religious freedom and wrongly claiming that contraception lowers the abortion rate.

Washington archbishop testifies against state's 'gay marriage' bill

Jan 24, 2012 / 23:03 pm

A Washington state bill that would recognize same-sex “marriage” poses a “grave challenge” to the common good, Archbishop of Seattle J. Peter Sartain warned.

Catholic Healthcare West adopts non-Catholic governing structure

Jan 24, 2012 / 04:08 am

Catholic Healthcare West, one of the largest health systems in the U.S., is changing its name to Dignity Health while adopting a non-denominational governing board in an effort to expand.

South Africa's state secrets bill threatens freedom, says archbishop

Jan 20, 2012 / 01:08 am

The Archbishop of Cape Town has asked South Africa’s parliament to amend a major state security bill in order to protect the “freedom of information” and to preserve “open and transparent government.”

Church publishes catechism for Hebrew-speaking children

Jan 19, 2012 / 23:02 pm

The first three books of a Hebrew-language Catholic catechism have now been published to help teach the children of Christians who live and work in Israel.

Chaplain: Costa Concordia crew showed personal sacrifice

Jan 18, 2012 / 22:23 pm

The Catholic chaplain of the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia has defended the ship’s crew from reports they were negligent towards passengers during the maritime disaster.

Colorado bill a ‘stepping stone’ to same-sex marriage, Catholic conference says

Jan 18, 2012 / 04:14 am

Colorado’s proposed civil unions bill is “just a stepping stone to the legalization of same-sex marriage,” the head of the Colorado Catholic Conference has warned.

Washington bishops say push for gay 'marriage' undermines family

Jan 17, 2012 / 04:03 am

Proposed gay “marriage” legislation in Washington state would add to “the forces already undermining family life today,” the state’s Catholic bishops warned.

Christian's viral anti-religion video misses mark

Jan 16, 2012 / 18:02 pm

A new popular video of a poem from a Christian who says he “hates religion” but loves Jesus is wrong about religion’s role in Christian life, says Catholic speaker Chris Stefanick.

Catholic pilgrims from Miami archdiocese to join Pope in Cuba

Jan 14, 2012 / 16:42 pm

The Archdiocese of Miami is organizing a pilgrimage to Cuba for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Thomas Wenski announced Jan. 12.

New Vikings stadium could be ‘disastrous’ for Catholic basilica

Jan 12, 2012 / 04:11 am

Two proposed new stadium sites for the Minnesota Vikings professional football team, especially one only 300 feet from the Catholic Basilica of St. Mary, have the church’s rector “very concerned.”

Bishop Conley warns against ‘dangerous’ Colorado civil unions bill

Jan 11, 2012 / 04:06 am

A Colorado proposal to recognize same-sex civil unions is a “dangerous and unjust” effort to redefine marriage warns Bishop James D. Conley, the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Denver.