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

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.

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.