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

God, creation, and humanity: The ‘lost lectures’ of Benedict XVI collected in new book

Feb 19, 2023 / 07:00 am

Six lectures of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger were almost lost forever. But now, they have been collected in a new Ignatius Press book.

Surprising number of Americans would screen embryos for intellectual aptitude, survey says

Feb 17, 2023 / 08:07 am

A significant minority of Americans would favor genetic screening of embryos simply to boost their child’s chance to attend an elite university, a new survey indicates.

Judge upholds Maine law on retroactive abuse lawsuits, says Catholic diocese challenge has a point

Feb 15, 2023 / 14:10 pm

The judge acknowledged that attorneys for the Catholic Diocese of Portland raised “serious” constitutional concerns in their legal challenge.

Imprisoned Nicaraguan bishop deserves US support, religious freedom advocates say

Feb 14, 2023 / 16:52 pm

“This miscarriage of justice will not be forgotten,” USCIRF Commissioner Frederick A. Davie said Feb. 14.

Lawsuit: National Archives Museum staff wrongly harassed pro-life visitors

Feb 14, 2023 / 12:30 pm

Pro-life advocates who visited the museum last month have filed a lawsuit charging that museum staff told them to remove any pro-life clothing or leave.

Priest charged for praying for free speech in U.K. abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’

Feb 10, 2023 / 10:38 am

Police charged the Catholic priest with “intimidating service users” of the abortion clinic.

Church of England votes to bless same-sex couples

Feb 9, 2023 / 12:27 pm

The Church of England’s governing body has voted to bless same-sex couples while leaving unchanged the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

Denver Archdiocese says fired lesbian teacher violated contract

Feb 8, 2023 / 08:55 am

A teacher at a Catholic school in Denver was fired after the archdiocese learned of her same-sex relationship, which violated the conduct code she had signed. 

Court rules pro-life group owes nearly $1 million in fines for Planned Parenthood protests

Feb 7, 2023 / 12:23 pm

A Spokane County judge ruled in December that the “Church at Planned Parenthood” repeatedly violated state law.

Charges dropped, for now, against woman arrested for praying silently outside UK abortion clinic

Feb 3, 2023 / 15:45 pm

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce says the charges still could be revived, leaving her in an ambitious legal situation.

Thousands mourn Cardinal Pell at Sydney funeral: ‘Be not afraid’ was his motto 

Feb 2, 2023 / 16:45 pm

Civic leaders, friends, and members of Cardinal George Pell’s family remembered the Australian cardinal’s dedication to the Church.

Smithsonian staff kick out Catholic students for wearing pro-life hats

Feb 2, 2023 / 07:51 am

Twelve students from Our Lady of the Rosary School in Greenville, South Carolina, visited the Air and Space Museum after the Jan. 20 March for Life.

New Iowa ‘school choice’ program a boon for Catholic schools, bishop says

Jan 27, 2023 / 15:35 pm

Students who attend Iowa Catholic schools will soon get a financial boost of nearly $7,600 per year.

Woman arrested at Fargo cathedral for smashing ‘Christ in Death’ statue

Jan 27, 2023 / 08:08 am

Church surveillance footage reportedly shows the half-dressed suspect, Brittany Marie Reynolds, damaging the statue in St. Mary's Cathedral in Fargo.

Christian baker loses appeal over transgender birthday cake case

Jan 26, 2023 / 15:45 pm

Jack Phillips now faces a civil lawsuit for declining to make a cake celebrating a purported gender transition of a transgender-identifying attorney.

Pro-life college students to protest ‘life-ending’ abortion drugs at Walgreens, CVS 

Jan 26, 2023 / 10:12 am

“Our purpose of having these protests is so that we can let ‘Big Pharma’ companies know that it’s absolutely unacceptable to offer abortion at our neighborhood drug stores.”

Seattle archdiocese says parishes must merge due to decline in number of Catholics 

Jan 24, 2023 / 12:15 pm

“With all of the changes that we’re facing today — globally, culturally and within the Church — it’s very clear the status quo is no longer an option,” Archbishop Paul Etienne said.

Pelosi reportedly arranged an ‘exorcism’ of her home. Can any Catholic priest do this?

Jan 23, 2023 / 16:45 pm

After someone broke into her house and violently attacked her husband, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought the services of a priest to perform an “exorcism.”

Second bystander ensnared by English ban on prayer outside abortion clinics

Jan 22, 2023 / 05:00 am

Amid continuing controversy over strict limits on behavior outside abortion clinics in some English cities, a man faces a fine for praying silently outside one clinic.

Alleged abuse victim files lawsuit against ex-priest, Denver Archdiocese

Jan 20, 2023 / 16:00 pm

The plaintiff alleges that then Father Tim Evans abused him more than 100 times when he was an altar boy and sacristan at a church in Fort Collins, Colorado.