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

Cardinal Gregory ‘embarrassed’ at McCarrick abuse charges

Sep 9, 2021 / 15:02 pm

The Archbishop of Washington on Wednesday said he was “embarrassed” at the charges of sex abuse filed against his predecessor, and emphasized that the Church’s primary concern in such cases should be caring for the victims.

Biden administration sues Texas over pro-life law

Sep 9, 2021 / 13:45 pm

The Biden administration on Thursday sued Texas over its new law prohibiting most abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

Cardinal Gregory: Biden ‘not demonstrating Catholic teaching’ on when life begins

Sep 8, 2021 / 16:00 pm

The Archbishop of Washington on Wednesday clarified the Church’s teaching on when life begins, after Catholic President Joe Biden last week said life does not begin at conception.

US bishops launch 'Civilize It,' answering Pope Francis' call for 'a better kind of politics'

Sep 7, 2021 / 13:30 pm

The U.S. bishops’ conference on Monday launched a new initiative to promote civility amid political polarization, appealing to Pope Francis’ 2020 encyclical Fratelli tutti.

Fired over transgender pronoun mandate, Virginia teacher appeals to state supreme court

Sep 3, 2021 / 15:00 pm

A Virginia teacher fired for not using the “preferred pronoun” of a self-identified transgender student has appealed his case to the state supreme court.

Theodore McCarrick's court hearing is today: What to expect

Sep 2, 2021 / 16:35 pm

Disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is expected to appear in a Massachusetts court on Friday morning for his arraignment.

Biden promises 'whole-of-government' effort to maintain abortion in Texas

Sep 2, 2021 / 10:15 am

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a “whole-of-government” response to “ensure” abortion access in Texas, after the state’s pro-life law went into effect on Wednesday.

Divided Supreme Court rejects challenge of Texas pro-life law

Sep 2, 2021 / 07:00 am

A divided Supreme Court late Wednesday evening declined a petition to block Texas’ ‘heartbeat’ law, allowing the law to stand for now.

Biden ‘deeply committed’ to legal abortion, after Texas’ pro-life law goes into effect

Sep 1, 2021 / 12:30 pm

President Joe Biden on Wednesday said his administration is “deeply committed” to upholding legal abortion, after Texas’ pro-life “heartbeat” law went into effect.

‘We are actively helping women’: Pro-life groups pledge action as Texas’ 'heartbeat' law goes into effect  

Sep 1, 2021 / 09:02 am

Pro-life groups on Wednesday said they were ready to assist women facing unexpected pregnancies, as Texas’ pro-life “heartbeat” law went into effect.

Aid group ‘devastated’ as dozens of ‘endangered’ employees stuck in Afghanistan

Aug 31, 2021 / 15:30 pm

As U.S. forces completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan on Monday, the head of a global charity was “devastated” as "endangered" Afghan employees were stranded and at risk inside the country.

Archbishop Naumann encourages Catholics to get vaccinated, accommodate consciences

Aug 28, 2021 / 12:01 pm

More U.S. bishops this week issued statements on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and conscientious objection.

More Catholic doctors sue over ‘transgender mandate’

Aug 27, 2021 / 14:02 pm

The Catholic Medical Association has joined a lawsuit against the Biden administration’s “transgender mandate,” arguing that it tramples conscience rights of doctors opposed to gender-transitioning procedures.

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.