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

Remember Syrians this Christmas

Dec 9, 2020 / 11:30 am

Do not forget the suffering Christians in Syria, a member of a pontifical aid foundation implored officials from the U.S., Hungary, and Poland on Wednesday.

Analysis: What is waiting for Bishop Fisher in Buffalo?

Dec 5, 2020 / 07:00 am

Awaiting Bishop Fisher is a chancery with a tarnished reputation, a diocese named in hundreds of clergy abuse lawsuits, an ongoing bankruptcy process, the possible closure of parishes and schools, and a faithful weary both of scandal.

Should prisoners be first, or last in line for COVID vaccine?

Dec 3, 2020 / 17:00 pm

As public officials debate whether prison populations should be among the first or last to receive a COVID vaccine, ethicists say that incarceration should not be the deciding factor.

New coalition champions spiritual rights of patients

Dec 2, 2020 / 15:00 pm

A new coalition seeks to promote the rights of hospital patients to have “reasonable” access to family and clergy during the pandemic.

Debate continues over who should get new COVID vaccines first

Dec 2, 2020 / 09:30 am

A federal health advisory committee proposed on Tuesday that health care workers and long-term care facility residents should be the first to receive a COVID vaccine, as a Catholic ethicist warned that vulnerable people, like the elderly, cannot be pushed to the back of the line.

Next Buffalo bishop promises 'truth' and 'transparency'

Dec 1, 2020 / 15:30 pm

The newly-announced next Bishop of Buffalo, Bishop Michael Fisher, has promised to be a pastor who will promote transparency in the scandal-ridden New York diocese.

Trump administration in Supreme Court over Census policy

Nov 30, 2020 / 13:00 pm

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on whether the Trump administration can exclude undocumented immigrants when apportioning congressional representatives based on a state’s population.  

Pandemic conditions have increased Christian persecution

Nov 25, 2020 / 16:00 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated Christian persecution in some places, according to a new report from the group Aid to the Church in Need International.

Massachusetts governor must decide whether to veto bill expanding abortion access

Nov 24, 2020 / 16:01 pm

A measure expanding abortion access in Massachusetts has passed both the state house and senate, and could prompt a veto from the governor.

What Biden foreign policy picks mean for religious freedom

Nov 24, 2020 / 09:30 am

President-elect Joe Biden announced several foreign policy appointments to his cabinet on Monday, including a nominee for Secretary of State. If confirmed, nominees will shape U.S. foreign policy on a range of subjects, especially religious freedom.

Bishop Malone and Buffalo diocese sued by NY AG over clergy abuse

Nov 23, 2020 / 11:40 am

The State of New York is suing the Diocese of Buffalo and its former bishops for failing to protect children for clergy sex abuse.

What pro-lifers can expect from a divided House and Senate

Nov 21, 2020 / 16:37 pm

With nearly all U.S. House and Senate races decided, Congress will be sharply divided the next two years—possibly undermining the viability of extreme pro-abortion policies.

Federal appeals court hears arguments over California abortion mandate

Nov 20, 2020 / 17:01 pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Friday in the case of California churches against the state’s abortion coverage mandate.

Could Trump issue an executive order recognizing unborn babies as persons?

Nov 20, 2020 / 03:28 am

With just two months left in Donald Trump’s presidency, some pro-life intellectuals are calling for an executive order that offers legal protection for the unborn.

US religious liberty ambassador calls out China for using tech to suppress religion

Nov 19, 2020 / 12:01 pm

The U.S. will be working against the use of technology to suppress religious minorities, the religious freedom ambassador announced this week.

US bishops denounce racist violence and 'fringe ideology'

Nov 17, 2020 / 16:00 pm

After a summer of mass protests and civil unrest, bishops from around the U.S. shared stories of confronting racism in their home dioceses at their annual fall meeting on Tuesday.

US nuncio to USCCB: To heal society’s wounds, Catholics must be Good Samaritans

Nov 16, 2020 / 14:18 pm

Catholics need to be Good Samaritans to those wounded both by the coronavirus pandemic and by social conflict, the papal representative told U.S. bishops at their annual fall meeting on Monday.

McCarrick Report at odds with Cardinal Wuerl’s claims of ignorance 

Nov 13, 2020 / 16:22 pm

The McCarrick Report sheds new light on when former Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, knew of allegations made against his predecessor, and what steps he and Vatican officials took to monitor or restrict McCarrick’s travel and residence.

Massachusetts bishops decry push for abortion expansion

Nov 13, 2020 / 10:30 am

An amendment adopted by the state house on Thursday allows for abortions in certain circumstances throughout pregnancy, a move the state’s Catholic Conference has said goes “well beyond what is enshrined in state law.”

Brooklyn diocese appeals to Supreme Court over COVID church closures

Nov 13, 2020 / 09:40 am

The Diocese of Brooklyn is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court in its case against New York’s COVID restrictions on churches.