Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro was the political editor at Catholic News Agency through October 2021. He previously worked as CNA senior D.C. correspondent and as a press secretary for U.S. Congressman Chris Smith.

Articles by Matt Hadro

Vatican diplomat warns US leaders not to use God for selfish ends

Oct 4, 2021 / 15:01 pm

A leading Vatican diplomat on Sunday exhorted U.S. government officials and justices to not use God for their own selfish ends.

Philadelphia Catholic agency can once again help make foster care placements, after settlement with city

Sep 27, 2021 / 08:00 am

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is once again helping make foster care placements, following a legal settlement with the city to cap a years-long court battle.

Former HHS official: Biden administration trying to 'bail out' Texas abortion providers

Sep 24, 2021 / 15:01 pm

The Biden administration is looking to “bail out” Texas pro-abortion groups with its new actions, one former senior HHS official told CNA this week.

House responds to Texas pro-life law, passes bill codifying 'right' to abortion

Sep 24, 2021 / 10:15 am

The House on Friday passed legislation overriding state pro-life laws and removing limits on abortion up to the point of birth in some cases.

Pelosi defends her support for legal abortion: ‘God has given us a free will’

Sep 23, 2021 / 10:45 am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday responded to her archbishop, who had said an abortion bill she is working to pass is tantamount to “child sacrifice.”

Catholic leaders call for better treatment of Haitians, other migrants at border

Sep 22, 2021 / 16:02 pm

Catholic leaders on Wednesday called for better treatment of Haitians and other migrants crowded under a bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border.

As Biden looks to raise refugee cap, Catholics argue he can do more

Sep 21, 2021 / 13:01 pm

Catholic refugee advocates on Tuesday praised President Joe Biden for pushing to raise the refugee cap in the coming fiscal year, and urged even more refugee admissions.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to uphold legal abortion  

Sep 21, 2021 / 10:15 am

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade, the court’s 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

The religious freedom cases the Supreme Court could hear – and refuse – this fall

Sep 20, 2021 / 16:30 pm

In addition to a critical abortion case, the Supreme Court this fall will consider multiple religious freedom cases on vocal prayer at executions, state tuition assistance for religious schools.

‘The most radical abortion bill of all time’: House to vote this week on codifying ‘right’ to abortion

Sep 20, 2021 / 14:49 pm

The House this week will vote on a bill that the U.S. bishops’ conference warns would effectively impose abortion on-demand throughout pregnancy.

Supreme Court sets argument date for challenge to Roe v. Wade

Sep 20, 2021 / 12:02 pm

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear arguments in a critical abortion case on Dec. 1.

Bishops warn against abortion funding in reconciliation bill

Sep 17, 2021 / 15:02 pm

The U.S. bishops’ conference on Friday warned against abortion funding in a massive spending bill being considered by Congress.

Weekly COVID-19 testing a 'good' alternative to vaccine mandate, bioethicist says

Sep 16, 2021 / 16:00 pm

As the Biden administration prepares to require COVID-19 vaccinations at many workplaces, a Catholic bioethicist urged the administration to keep an alternative to vaccinations in place – weekly testing.

Theodore McCarrick faces new sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey

Sep 16, 2021 / 13:30 pm

Three sex abuse lawsuits, including one naming disgraced former archbishop Theodore McCarrick as the alleged abuser, were filed on Thursday, Sept. 16 in a New Jersey court. All three lawsuits also named the Diocese of Metuchen as a defendant.

US bishops push for pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants

Sep 15, 2021 / 11:20 am

As members of Congress this week advanced language providing a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, the U.S. bishops’ conference praised the development.

Catholic Hong Kong activist honored at prayer breakfast  

Sep 14, 2021 / 16:01 pm

A Hong Kong Catholic democracy advocate was honored in absentia on Tuesday at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., while he remains imprisoned.

Pope Francis implores Slovakia’s Christians to pursue ‘freedom’ in Christ over comfort

Sep 12, 2021 / 10:00 am

After he arrived in Slovakia on Sunday, Pope Francis exhorted the country’s Christian leaders to prefer God to comfort and security.

College soccer player: ‘Transgender’ sports policies violate women’s rights

Sep 10, 2021 / 17:00 pm

A West Virginia college soccer player says that allowing only biological females to play women’s sports is a “women’s rights issue.”

Federal court rules against Tennessee abortion restrictions

Sep 10, 2021 / 16:00 pm

A federal appeals court ruled against Tennessee’s abortion restrictions on Friday, nine days after another pro-life “heartbeat” law went into effect in Texas.

Catholic health ministry head decries 'unjust' federal vaccine mandate

Sep 10, 2021 / 08:04 am

President Joe Biden on announced a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for many private employers, drawing criticism from the head of one Catholic health care ministry.