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

House passes Equality Act, which bishops warned would ‘punish’ religious groups

Feb 25, 2021 / 15:00 pm

The House on Thursday passed the Equality Act, a bill that the U.S. bishops have warned would trample religious freedom protections while codifying gender ideology in federal law.

HHS nominee won’t say if parents can refuse child’s gender transitioning

Feb 25, 2021 / 14:00 pm

A nominee for assistant health secretary on Thursday wouldn’t say if government officials can intervene when parents refuse their child’s gender transitioning.

Health secretary nominee: 'I have never sued any nuns'

Feb 24, 2021 / 14:24 pm

On Wednesday, President Biden’s health secretary nominee defended coercive contraceptive and abortion coverage mandates against Catholic nuns, claiming he had never “sued any nuns.”

Former HHS official: Becerra must be questioned over conscience violations

Feb 24, 2021 / 09:00 am

President Biden’s health secretary nominee must be held accountable for forcing California Catholic nuns to cover abortions, said a former official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Health secretary nominee grilled on partial-birth abortion, taxpayer-funded abortion

Feb 23, 2021 / 11:00 am

President Biden’s nominee for health secretary on Tuesday would not commit to preventing federal funding of abortions, and would not say why he once opposed a partial-birth abortion ban.  

How a religious White House office could promote the common good—or politicize religion

Feb 22, 2021 / 14:23 pm

As President Joe Biden re-established a key White House faith-based office last week, former political liaisons to religious groups commended the move—but warned that the office might be misused.

Scholar’s critique of transgender movement reportedly de-listed by Amazon

Feb 22, 2021 / 13:00 pm

One scholar’s critical book on the transgender movement has reportedly been removed from

What's the point of fasting, anyway?

Feb 19, 2021 / 15:02 pm

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life.

Pro-life leaders sound alarm about Health Secretary nominee

Feb 19, 2021 / 08:30 am

Pro-life leaders and scholars are warning against the nomination of California’s attorney general to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

What happened to the USCCB working group on Biden?

Feb 17, 2021 / 15:57 pm

A source at the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) has disputed the notion that a special working group formed to deal with new President Joe Biden was terminated prematurely this week.

Amid controversy, Abby Johnson speaks at Catholic University of America

Feb 11, 2021 / 13:00 pm

Pro-life activist Abby Johnson addressed students at The Catholic University of America this week amid protests by students and alumni.

Analysis: The communion controversy could be far greater than just pro-abortion politicians

Feb 10, 2021 / 10:00 am

As U.S. bishops debate whether to deny Communion to unrepentantly pro-abortion Catholic politicians, there is a larger conversation happening that could impact sacramental practice.

Dodge City bishop under investigation for alleged abuse of a minor

Feb 9, 2021 / 10:13 am

The Bishop of Dodge City is under a Vatican-ordered Vos estis investigation over allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.

Pro-life movement ‘will be tenacious,’ House pro-life leader promises

Feb 4, 2021 / 19:00 pm

With a pro-abortion administration and a pro-abortion majority in the House, the pro-life movement will be “tenacious,” a leading pro-life member of Congress says.

Ryan Anderson: Church teaching an 'untapped resource' for responding to culture wars

Feb 3, 2021 / 10:00 am

In an interview with CNA, Ryan Anderson—a prominent speaker and author on marriage, sexuality, religious freedom, and natural law—offered advice for Catholics on discussing issues such as abortion and gender ideology, and pointed to saints who could serve as models for this evangelization. 

Bishop McElroy: Some bishops making abortion a political 'litmus test'

Feb 1, 2021 / 13:30 pm

The bishop of San Diego on Monday accused “some bishops” of making the issue of abortion a “litmus test” for Catholic politicians during the Biden presidency. With the inauguration of Joe Biden as just the second Catholic president in United States history, “some bishops want to recast the presence and tone of the conference in the public order,” said Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego at an online event on Monday.   These bishops, he said, “argue that abortion is not merely a ‘preeminent’ issue in Catholic Social Teaching, but rather constitutes the de facto litmus test for determining whether a Catholic public official is a faithful Catholic, and for determining whether the overall policy stances of non-Catholic officials can be considered morally legitimate.”   He added that “if adopted, such a position will reduce the common good to a single issue.”

Senate pro-life chair: Down syndrome abortions are ‘eugenics’

Jan 30, 2021 / 11:00 am

In an interview with CNA this week, the Senate Pro-Life Caucus chair talked about new legislation to ban abortions on the basis of Down syndrome. He also addressed a top concern in the next two years—taxpayer funding of abortions—and discussed the March for Life and his founding of the pro-life caucus in 2019.

Why the Mexico City Policy is so significant

Jan 29, 2021 / 06:30 am

The Mexico City Policy was first instituted in 1984 by President Reagan. It is named for the location of the UN population conference at which it was announced. The policy has been rescinded by Democratic Presidents Clinton, Obama, and now Biden; it was reinstated by Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Trump during their presidential terms.   Under the policy, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) cannot distribute family planning funds to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that perform or promote abortions.   Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who has served as co-chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus for decades, was in office when the policy was first instituted.   He told CNA that existing policy—the Helms Amendment—had prohibited direct funding of abortions abroad, but stronger pro-life funding protections were still required.   “And the accounting trick that the pro-abortion groups were doing was that they would take the all of the U.S. funding and then tell us our money wasn’t being used to pay for abortion,” he said. “And then they would just fund abortions-on-demand, however many they wanted to do, and lobby for it.”   The Mexico City Policy, he said, “was all about saying if we care enough about the precious lives of unborn children who are going to be dismembered or chemically poisoned by an organization,” then “we’re not going to let bookkeeping tricks and accounting methods prevent us from as much protection as we can possibly provide.”