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

How the Church can rebuild from the ashes of the sexual revolution

Nov 18, 2014 / 13:09 pm

Faced with a destructive “new intolerance,” the greatest Christian witnesses could be the very victims of the sexual revolution that created that intolerance, Catholic author Mary Eberstadt predicted.  

Democracy and rights in Burma? Not without religious freedom

Nov 14, 2014 / 15:28 pm

The U.S. must make religious freedom a top priority with Burma if there is hope for the southeast Asian country to make progress as a rights-based democracy, said a leader in religious liberty.  

Pro-life? Then keep immigrant families together, bishops implore

Nov 14, 2014 / 03:49 am

In the wake of the mid-term elections last week, the U.S. Bishops urged Congress and President Obama to work together on timely immigration reform that respects families and human dignity.   

Religious freedom battle 'daunting,' but bishops urged to persist

Nov 12, 2014 / 17:05 pm

The leader of the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee encouraged his fellow bishops not to lose heart, but to place their trust in God, in the ongoing battle for religious liberty.  

How one bishop sees marriage as key to 'culture of encounter'

Nov 12, 2014 / 15:15 pm

With marriage in crisis in the modern world, the faithful have a duty to work for its restoration, promoting the ‘culture of encounter’ called for by the Holy Father, said a leading U.S. bishop.  

Agree to disagree: Why young Catholics pose a unique challenge for the Church

Nov 12, 2014 / 02:56 am

While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an alarmingly casual attitude towards accepting Church teaching, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops has found.

US bishops say despite media hype, synod showed consensus

Nov 10, 2014 / 15:56 pm

The U.S. bishops who attended the recent Synod on the Family have emphasized that while the media painted a picture of conflict, the synod fathers were actually united in support of Church teaching.

Youth are dying for a challenge – give them one, US bishops told

Nov 10, 2014 / 11:46 am

Young people are “crying out” for a challenge, and the Church must answer through saintly witness, the apostolic nuncio to the United States insisted to the nation's bishops on Monday.

Seismic court ruling affirms link between marriage, kids

Nov 7, 2014 / 17:16 pm

Defense of marriage advocates lauded a major 2-1 decision by a federal appeals court that noted the importance of children and sexual complementarity in upholding state laws defining marriage.  

Don't claim Pope Francis for your own agenda, Kasper says amid controversy

Nov 6, 2014 / 20:41 pm

In the wake of an intense Synod on the Family, a leading voice supporting admission to Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics said different sides on Church debates should not use Pope Francis' words to bolster their own agenda.

Did an out-of-touch abortion stance cause Democrats to lose the Senate?

Nov 5, 2014 / 20:08 pm

In the wake of momentous losses for U.S. Democrats on Tuesday, one group said the party’s abortion stance may be isolating voters and hindering candidates on both sides of the issue.  

Will Catholics determine the outcome of the 2014 election?

Nov 4, 2014 / 14:56 pm

The 2014 mid-term election is more about the economy and malaise with government than issues traditionally pertinent to Catholic voters, one political expert said.  

How the Catholic vote could sway Alaska's crucial Senate race

Nov 3, 2014 / 17:30 pm

As two candidates, both of them Catholic, vie for a U.S. Senate seat in Alaska, Church leaders are trying to inform the electorate of where they stand on crucial moral issues.

Want to bolster families? Return to Gospel concepts of freedom, fidelity

Oct 31, 2014 / 01:04 am

The Church must work to strengthen the family by helping couples practice Christian concepts of virtues if it wishes to “open wide the doors to Christ” in the vision of St. John Paul II, the head of the Knights of Columbus said on Wednesday.

How one cardinal proposes to correct ignorance of marriage's nature

Oct 30, 2014 / 14:50 pm

According to the Archbishop of Washington, the recent Synod on the Family worked to address the challenge that many young people today don’t fully understand the nature of marriage.

Want to prevent threats like ISIS? Religious freedom key, official says

Oct 27, 2014 / 16:35 pm

Promoting religious freedom abroad is vital for U.S. national security interests in preventing the rise of threats such as ISIS, said the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Monday.  

Educate, legislate, fund: three responses to Down syndrome

Oct 27, 2014 / 01:06 am

In order to halt the abortion of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome, much must be done for education, research, and legislation to help parents choose life, a panel of experts has said.

Two flawed candidates? Catholics mull over voting options

Oct 24, 2014 / 12:55 pm

In an election where all political candidates hold problematic positions, Catholic voters may choose “the lesser of two evils,” cast a protest vote, or simply not vote, one U.S. bishop has advised, with pro-life groups calling for prudence in making this decision.  

Pregnancy centers, not politics – the future of the pro-life movement

Oct 24, 2014 / 01:04 am

Amid the chilling dark chaos of a woman’s unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, a group of pro-life Catholics try to be a light to both the mother and the unborn child.

Vindicated: why a maligned Pope will be beatified

Oct 17, 2014 / 16:15 pm

He had the unenviable task of being Pope during a most “tumultuous” era for the Church, but  Paul VI stood “deeply rooted in Christ” through it all, a theology professor has said.