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

White House won't say if unborn child is human being at 15 weeks

Jun 21, 2021 / 16:10 pm

The White House on Monday would not comment specifically on President Joe Biden and reception of Communion, and would not answer if a 15-week-old unborn child is a human being.

Pro-abortion Catholic Democrats: Don’t deny us the Eucharist

Jun 18, 2021 / 15:30 pm

Dozens of Catholic members of Congress issued a statement on Friday claiming that denial of Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians is a “weaponization of the Eucharist.”

US parishes must better serve hidden migrant communities, bishops hear

Jun 18, 2021 / 13:10 pm

Many parishes in the United States are unaware of the immigrant, refugee, and itinerant communities within their boundaries, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ subcommittee on pastoral care for migrants said on Friday.

US bishops debate extensively a motion to draft a teaching document on the Eucharist

Jun 17, 2021 / 16:59 pm

U.S. bishops held extensive debate on Thursday before voting on whether to draft a teaching document on the Eucharist, at their annual spring meeting held virtually this week.

Lay advisor urges U.S. bishops to reconcile with all Catholics over clergy abuse

Jun 17, 2021 / 12:32 pm

In responding to clergy sex abuse, U.S. bishops must expand their reconciliation efforts to include not only victim survivors, but all Catholics affected by the abuse crisis, the head of a lay advisory body to the U.S. bishops’ conference said on Thursday.

A Eucharistic document: What the USCCB will be debating and voting on today

Jun 17, 2021 / 10:30 am

On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. bishops are scheduled to debate and vote to begin drafting a teaching document on the Eucharist.

US bishops vote to keep time limits on discussion of Eucharistic document

Jun 16, 2021 / 14:57 pm

While some U.S. bishops on Wednesday pushed for no time limits in debating a motion to draft a teaching document on the Eucharist, during their meeting this week, a majority opposed that push, allowing for a vote to proceed under the normal limits of debate. 

Liturgical translations: What the U.S. bishops will be voting on this week

Jun 16, 2021 / 10:30 am

This week, the U.S. bishops will vote on proposed translations for prayers in the Liturgy of the Hours, a new book for the Order of Penance, and readings and prayers for the new feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.

Bishops must address Biden's policies that contradict Church teaching, theologians say

Jun 15, 2021 / 15:35 pm

President Joe Biden has advanced policies contrary to Church teaching on life, marriage, and sexuality – and bishops have a duty to address this contradiction, theologians said this week.

Texas supreme court rejects defamation lawsuit against Lubbock diocese

Jun 11, 2021 / 15:04 pm

The Texas supreme court on Friday rejected a defamation lawsuit against the Lubbock diocese, filed by a former deacon who disputed the diocese listing him as “credibly accused” of abuse of a minor.

Activists claim US bishops will vote to deny Biden Communion. Here's what their meeting will actually address.

Jun 11, 2021 / 13:15 pm

While some activists claim that the U.S. bishops will be voting next week on denying Communion to President Joe Biden, the bishops will be considering a number of items at their annual spring meeting – none which specifically concern Biden.

EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Pell calls for better fiscal accountability at the Vatican

Jun 9, 2021 / 09:00 am

Cardinal George Pell – the former prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy – called for stronger fiscal accountability procedures at the Vatican, in a recent interview with CNA.

‘Eucharistic consistency’: What the US bishops will discuss at their meeting next week

Jun 7, 2021 / 20:01 pm

The U.S. bishops next week will deliberate and vote on whether to draft a teaching document on the Eucharist – despite the recent request of some bishops to delay such a discussion.

Baltimore archbishop tells Catholics to 'make history' on bicentennial of America's first cathedral

May 31, 2021 / 17:45 pm

Baltimore’s archbishop called on Catholics to “make history,” at the bicentennial Mass of America’s first cathedral on Monday, the feast of the Visitation.

Baltimore basilica says perpetual Eucharistic adoration will be focus of its bicentennial

May 28, 2021 / 11:19 am

As a basilica in Baltimore celebrates its 200th anniversary this weekend, its rector says one celebration will stand above the rest – the beginning of perpetual Eucharistic adoration in the city.

How one crisis maternity home is building a culture of life

May 27, 2021 / 17:01 pm

A Missouri crisis maternity home run by Catholic Charities recently celebrated the birth of the 100th baby to its formerly homeless clients.

The pro-life policies that could be gutted in the next federal budget

May 25, 2021 / 11:05 am

When President Joe Biden releases the details of his budget, as he is expected to this week, a number of long-standing pro-life policies could be at risk – including one amendment named after Biden himself.

Controversial La Crosse priest says he will challenge bishop's request to resign

May 24, 2021 / 14:01 pm

Fr. James Altman, a controversial priest of the Diocese of La Crosse who published a viral video statement last year that Catholics cannot be Democrats, said on Sunday that his bishop has asked him to resign as pastor.

Pro-life leader ‘confident’ Manchin will oppose abortion funding in upcoming budget battles

May 21, 2021 / 15:00 pm

One pro-life leader is “confident” that Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (W.Va.) – a key swing vote in the U.S. Senate – will oppose efforts to fund abortions in the coming fiscal year.

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria

May 14, 2021 / 17:00 pm

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in order to achieve peace, says the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador.