Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro is the senior D.C. correspondent at Catholic News Agency. He previously worked as a CNA correspondent and as a press secretary for U.S. Congressman Chris Smith.

Articles by Matt Hadro

New sex abuse lawsuit names Theodore McCarrick, Fr. Michael Barrett

Aug 4, 2021 / 14:06 pm

A new civil sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, also naming Opus Dei priest Fr. Michael Barrett, who is currently a pastor in the Archdiocese of New York.

Bioethicist: There must be conscience exemptions to vaccine mandates

Aug 4, 2021 / 13:01 pm

As workplaces have begun to require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, some Catholic institutions insist that conscience exemptions are necessary. In addition, priests should be allowed to support Catholics who conscientiously refuse COVID-19 vaccines, says one bioethicist.

US bishops welcome emergency resettlement of Afghans

Aug 2, 2021 / 15:00 pm

Leading U.S. bishops on Friday welcomed Afghan nationals to the United States who had assisted the United States’ military, diplomatic, and humanitarian operations in Afghanistan.

NY archdiocese warns priests not to grant religious vaccine exemptions

Aug 2, 2021 / 13:30 pm

The Archdiocese of New York has instructed priests not to grant religious exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines, saying that do so would contradict the pope.

Retired Albany bishop admits returning accused priests to ministry without notifying law enforcement

Aug 1, 2021 / 09:01 am

The bishop emeritus of Albany says that the diocese once handled allegations of sexual abuse against priests without notifying law enforcement, returning accused priests to ministry following treatment.

Updated: Catholics ask Cardinal Gregory to reconsider cancelation of Tridentine Mass at National Shrine

Jul 31, 2021 / 14:30 pm

The organizers of an Aug. 14 Tridentine Mass in Washington, D.C. – canceled per new papal restrictions on traditional liturgies - are asking the Archbishop of Washington to reinstate the Mass.

Theodore McCarrick faces new civil sex abuse lawsuit

Jul 31, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick now faces a fifth civil sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey, after he was criminally charged in a Massachusetts district court this week for sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

US bishops condemn abortion funding in House-passed spending bill

Jul 30, 2021 / 09:00 am

Leading U.S. bishops on Thursday opposed the House passage of appropriations bills that would fund abortions and exclude conscience protections in health care.

House passes spending bills without restrictions on abortion funding

Jul 29, 2021 / 15:00 pm

The House this week passed spending bills that would allow funding of abortions both in the United States and abroad.  

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexual assault of a minor

Jul 29, 2021 / 12:11 pm

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has reportedly been charged with sexual assault of a teenage boy, a crime alleged to have occurred in the 1970s. 

Confession must be part of talks on worthiness to receive Communion, Nuncio says

Jul 28, 2021 / 17:05 pm

The sacrament of confession must be part of the U.S. bishops’ discussions on worthiness to receive Communion, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States said on Wednesday.

Cardinal Gregory reportedly withdraws permission for Tridentine Mass at National Shrine

Jul 27, 2021 / 16:10 pm

Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington has reportedly withdrawn permission for a solemn pontifical Mass that was to be offered August 14 in D.C.

Coptic archbishop: Condemning persecution of non-Christians follows the example of Christ

Jul 27, 2021 / 10:30 am

Christians around the world must speak out against persecution of non-Christians, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London told CNA during a recent summit on international religious freedom.

Ninth Circuit favors Washington church in case against state abortion coverage mandate

Jul 22, 2021 / 17:03 pm

A Washington church won its case against a state abortion coverage mandate on Thursday, in a ruling by a federal appeals court.

Annual Courage conference focuses on St. Joseph as model of chastity

Jul 22, 2021 / 14:00 pm

The annual conference of the Catholic apostolate Courage International concluded last week, focusing on the example of St. Joseph.

Survey: A majority of US Catholics support the death penalty

Jul 21, 2021 / 18:02 pm

One recent survey shows a majority of U.S. Catholics supporting use of the death penalty for murder convicts. The support follows a 2018 update to the Catechism that the death penalty is “inadmissible.”

Cincinnati archbishop: I would not have approved Biden’s visit to Catholic university

Jul 20, 2021 / 17:01 pm

The Archbishop of Cincinnati on Tuesday said he was not informed of President Biden’s upcoming visit to a Catholic university in his archdiocese. He did not approve the university hosting the event.

More bishops issue statements on Latin Mass, following papal document

Jul 19, 2021 / 17:02 pm

More U.S. bishops have issued guidance on the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in their dioceses, following a papal document that on Friday imposed restrictions on the use of traditional liturgy.

Iraqi archbishop: We must ensure ISIS genocide is not repeated

Jul 16, 2021 / 14:00 pm

Grateful for aid to Iraqi Christian genocide victims, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil says more must be done to ensure the ISIS genocide is not repeated.

‘At every time, you could be a target’: Despite danger, Nigerian priest ministers to refugees of terrorism

Jul 16, 2021 / 09:30 am

A Nigerian priest who ministers to trauma victims in the country’s northeast says he is aware of the danger priests face from Islamist terror groups.