Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro is the political editor at Catholic News Agency. He previously worked as CNA senior D.C. correspondent and as a press secretary for U.S. Congressman Chris Smith.

Articles by Matt Hadro

Vaccine hoarding, or pandemic prudence? The ethics of holding onto not-yet-approved vaccines

Mar 16, 2021 / 16:00 pm

As the Biden administration refuses to send unused doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, ethicists discussed Catholic thought on just vaccine distribution.

This Catholic family is asking Fulton Sheen’s intercession for a second miracle

Mar 11, 2021 / 16:00 pm

A Catholic couple in Peoria, Illinois, is asking for the intercession of hometown hero Ven. Fulton Sheen to save the life of their unborn son.

How a new executive order would promote gender ideology and silence free speech at schools

Mar 11, 2021 / 11:30 am

A new executive order could promote gender ideology in public and some private schools while affecting both the privacy of women and the intellectual freedom of children.

Catholic scholars: Covid vaccines can be received 'without fear of moral culpability' for abortion

Mar 5, 2021 / 16:06 pm

A statement by pro-life, Catholic scholars published Friday says that the four major COVID-19 vaccines are not only acceptable to use, but also are themselves morally equivalent.

Why Christians hope Pope Francis’ visit will bring a ‘reset’ for Iraq

Mar 5, 2021 / 14:00 pm

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq is hoped to bring a “reset” for the country, said one U.S. religious freedom advocate who has visited the region multiple times in recent years.

'Open the doors again': One advocate urges nursing home visitation to resume

Mar 4, 2021 / 15:00 pm

The U.S. must consider increasing regulated in-person visitation of the elderly in nursing homes, one advocate for elder care told CNA.

Senate committee splits on Becerra confirmation

Mar 3, 2021 / 18:00 pm

The Senate Finance Committee was divided on the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services on Wednesday.

Biden mentions Our Lady of Guadalupe, shows rosary beads, in meeting with Mexican president

Mar 2, 2021 / 09:00 am

President Joe Biden cited Our Lady of Guadalupe and displayed his rosary beads in a conversation with the president of Mexico on Monday.

Female athletes can’t be silent when forced to compete with males, attorney argues

Feb 26, 2021 / 14:30 pm

Girls cannot be silent when forced to compete against biological males in athletics, one attorney argued on Friday.

House passes Equality Act, which bishops warned would ‘punish’ religious groups

Feb 25, 2021 / 15:00 pm

The House on Thursday passed the Equality Act, a bill that the U.S. bishops have warned would trample religious freedom protections while codifying gender ideology in federal law.

HHS nominee won’t say if parents can refuse child’s gender transitioning

Feb 25, 2021 / 14:00 pm

A nominee for assistant health secretary on Thursday wouldn’t say if government officials can intervene when parents refuse their child’s gender transitioning.

Health secretary nominee: 'I have never sued any nuns'

Feb 24, 2021 / 14:24 pm

On Wednesday, President Biden’s health secretary nominee defended coercive contraceptive and abortion coverage mandates against Catholic nuns, claiming he had never “sued any nuns.”

Former HHS official: Becerra must be questioned over conscience violations

Feb 24, 2021 / 09:00 am

President Biden’s health secretary nominee must be held accountable for forcing California Catholic nuns to cover abortions, said a former official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Health secretary nominee grilled on partial-birth abortion, taxpayer-funded abortion

Feb 23, 2021 / 11:00 am

President Biden’s nominee for health secretary on Tuesday would not commit to preventing federal funding of abortions, and would not say why he once opposed a partial-birth abortion ban.  

How a religious White House office could promote the common good—or politicize religion

Feb 22, 2021 / 14:23 pm

As President Joe Biden re-established a key White House faith-based office last week, former political liaisons to religious groups commended the move—but warned that the office might be misused.

Scholar’s critique of transgender movement reportedly de-listed by Amazon

Feb 22, 2021 / 13:00 pm

One scholar’s critical book on the transgender movement has reportedly been removed from

What's the point of fasting, anyway?

Feb 19, 2021 / 15:02 pm

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life.

Pro-life leaders sound alarm about Health Secretary nominee

Feb 19, 2021 / 08:30 am

Pro-life leaders and scholars are warning against the nomination of California’s attorney general to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

What happened to the USCCB working group on Biden?

Feb 17, 2021 / 15:57 pm

A source at the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) has disputed the notion that a special working group formed to deal with new President Joe Biden was terminated prematurely this week.

Amid controversy, Abby Johnson speaks at Catholic University of America

Feb 11, 2021 / 13:00 pm

Pro-life activist Abby Johnson addressed students at The Catholic University of America this week amid protests by students and alumni.