Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro

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

Articles by Matt Hadro

Federal court halts Texas' restrictions on migrant transport

Aug 26, 2021 / 16:15 pm

A legal group representing Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday praised a court decision halting Texas’ restrictions of Catholic ministry to migrants.

Forcing asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico will 'deepen human suffering,' immigrant advocates say

Aug 25, 2021 / 16:35 pm

Catholic immigration advocates on Tuesday decried a Supreme Court decision forcing the Biden administration to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy. The policy forces some asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico while their cases are adjudicated in the United States.

Desperate Afghan Christians turned away at airport, aid groups say

Aug 25, 2021 / 14:56 pm

Looming over the deepening humanitarian crisis is a deadline of Friday for civilian evacuation operations at the Kabul airport to give way to the transport of the remaining 5,400 U.S. military personnel in the country in order to meet a target date of Aug. 31, set months ago by the Biden administration, for a complete U.S. withdraw from Afghanistan.

Pro-life activists hold rallies targeting ‘vulnerable’ pro-abortion Democrats

Aug 24, 2021 / 18:00 pm

The pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List is targeting Democratic members of Congress who support federally-funded abortion, in a multi-state publicity campaign.

Catholic bioethics center praises Wisconsin bishops for respecting conscience on vaccine mandates

Aug 24, 2021 / 11:16 am

The National Catholic Bioethics Center on Monday praised the bishops of Wisconsin for their statement upholding the right to refuse COVID-19 vaccines out of conscience.

An encounter at an abortion clinic changed this Catholic actor’s life  

Aug 23, 2021 / 14:00 pm

Eduardo Verastegui, the producer and star of the film “Bella,” on Saturday recalled a moment where he realized his movie helped save a life.

Social media being weaponized against religious freedom, Archbishop Cordileone argues

Aug 13, 2021 / 13:01 pm

The archbishop of San Francisco has warned of the use of social media to promote a “new kind of fundamentalism” hostile to religious freedom, in an Aug. 12 op-ed.

Pro-life groups praise Senate opposition to taxpayer-funded abortion

Aug 12, 2021 / 15:01 pm

Pro-life groups praised the Senate on Wednesday for narrowly approving language against taxpayer-funded abortion.

Federal court dismisses lawsuit against Indianapolis archdiocese

Aug 11, 2021 / 15:09 pm

A federal district court on Wednesday tossed out a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, filed by a former Catholic school guidance counselor fired for entering a same-sex marriage contract.

Andrew Cuomo resignation: Catholic governor’s legacy marred by scandals, abortion, redefining marriage

Aug 10, 2021 / 15:35 pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), a Catholic, announced on Tuesday he will resign his office effective Aug. 24 amid allegations of repeated sexual harassment. He leaves under a cloud of multiple scandals, with a legacy of clashing with the state’s bishops on issues including abortion, the redefinition of marriage, and pandemic restrictions on churches.

Federal court rules against 'transgender mandate'

Aug 10, 2021 / 13:01 pm

A federal district court judge on Aug. 9 ruled in favor of Catholic and Christian health care organizations fighting the “transgender mandate,” a federal requirement that doctors and insurers provide or cover gender-transitioning procedures upon referral.

Catholic priest’s murder in France: List of recent priest killings worldwide

Aug 9, 2021 / 13:00 pm

The murder of a French priest on Monday was the latest in a number of killings of priests around the world.

New Notre Dame center seeks to bring Catholic social teaching into political discussions

Aug 6, 2021 / 15:01 pm

A new center at the University of Notre Dame seeks to bring Catholic social teaching into current-day political and constitutional debates.

Catholics mourn death of labor leader Richard Trumka

Aug 6, 2021 / 10:01 am

Catholics this week mourned the death of longtime labor leader Richard Trumka, who died on Thursday at the age of 72.

Federal appeals court upholds Tennessee’s abortion waiting period

Aug 5, 2021 / 15:15 pm

A full panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled in favor of Tennessee’s mandatory 48-hour waiting period for abortions.

‘An assault on those who are pro-life’: Legal group responds to DOJ dropping conscience complaint

Aug 5, 2021 / 11:15 am

A conservative legal group this week criticized the Justice Department for dropping its conscience rights lawsuit against a Vermont hospital for allegedly forcing a nurse to assist with an abortion.

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.