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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

Some 2016 Trump critics say record on abortion, religious liberty changed their minds

Oct 28, 2020 / 19:00 pm

During the 2016 Republic primaries, some prominent conservative Catholics warned about Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. Four years later, some say they now support his reelection, while one Catholic scholar told CNA his focus is on the future of American political discourse.

Supreme Court adoption case could have national impact on religious liberty

Oct 28, 2020 / 14:30 pm

Gail Blais and her husband James wanted to adopt her biological great-granddaughter, who is now just over one year old and currently in foster care. They were prevented from doing so by the state of Washington, because of their religious views against hormone therapy for gender dysphoria.

A history of anti-Catholicism: Telling the story of the Church in America

Oct 28, 2020 / 09:00 am

From political smears against Al Smith, to the papers of a Massachusetts convent torched by mobs, the Catholic University of America's Special Collections Department has a trove of historical material, spanning centuries.

Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice

Oct 26, 2020 / 17:08 pm

The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Barrett took the oaths of office in a White House ceremony Monday evening.

Planned Parenthood getting more government funding, despite defunding efforts

Oct 22, 2020 / 16:00 pm

Recent annual reports show that federal funding to Planned Parenthood has increased, despite efforts by the Trump administration to eliminate federal funding for the abortion provider over the last four years. 

Senate Judiciary Committee advances Amy Coney Barrett to full Senate vote

Oct 22, 2020 / 07:35 am

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to advance the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, setting up a final confirmation vote by the whole Senate. Democratic members of the committee boycotted the vote and did not attend.

Catholic diocese worked with HHS to get priests to COVID patients

Oct 20, 2020 / 12:00 pm

The Diocese of Arlington helped intervene on behalf of a dying COVID patient when he needed a priest to offer him the sacraments, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday.

Religion is not the problem: Brooklyn bishop blasts New York COVID measures

Oct 16, 2020 / 15:00 pm

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn warned on Friday that New York’s most recent coronavirus measures were “not reasonable.” Speaking one day after his diocese argued in court against new state restrictions on religious assembly, the bishop said religion was being treated as a second class part of society. 

Barrett hearings day 4: Witnesses praise judge's 'outstanding competence'

Oct 15, 2020 / 14:00 pm

A former student and clerk of Amy Coney Barrett praised the judge’s character on Thursday, during the Senate judiciary committee’s last day of hearings on her nomination to the Supreme Court. 

Amy Coney Barrett hearings Day 3: Harris says hearings 'illegitimate,' Barrett questioned on abortion, religious liberty

Oct 14, 2020 / 15:13 pm

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Wednesday called the Supreme Court confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett “illegitimate.”

Barrett hearings day 2: Barrett faces questions on abortion, Catholic faith, race, and religious freedom

Oct 13, 2020 / 16:13 pm

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was pressed on Tuesday for her position on abortion, marriage, and health care, during her first day of questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Religion central to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Oct 13, 2020 / 12:00 pm

Religion is a central factor in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Christian advocates explained in a briefing on the conflict on.

Barrett hearings day 1: Healthcare and anti-Catholicism take center stage

Oct 12, 2020 / 12:30 pm

As Senate Democrats on Monday focused on how Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett could rule on the Affordable Care Act, some comments drew criticism for apparent anti-Catholic bigotry.

Judge orders university pay Florida man removed for Catholic messages

Oct 9, 2020 / 13:00 pm

A federal court ruled on Friday that Florida State University (FSU) must pay the Catholic former leader of the student senate who was removed in June for comments he made about Church teaching and anti-racist groups.

Senators support DC church's suit against discriminatory coronavirus restrictions

Oct 8, 2020 / 13:19 pm

Members of Congress are supporting a Washington, D.C., Baptist church in its court case against the city’s enforcement of its COVID restrictions on outdoor religious services. 

Miami archbishop blasts 'handmaiden' criticism of Amy Coney Barrett

Oct 8, 2020 / 11:30 am

The chair of the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee responded Thursday to the ongoing scrutiny of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religious beliefs.

Kamala Harris and her pro-abortion donor base

Oct 6, 2020 / 06:30 am

Senator Kamala Harris’ 2016 senate campaign was supported by several large donors who were executives at pro-abortion groups. Harris went on to repeatedly grilled judicial nominees on abortion while in the Senate.

Does 'Fratelli tutti' change Church teaching on the death penalty?

Oct 6, 2020 / 05:00 am

In his new encyclical, Pope Francis reiterated that the death penalty is “inadmissible,” but did he change centuries of Church teaching with that statement? A leading theologian told CNA that the pope’s new teaching was a development, not a rupture with the Church’s past.

Supreme Court judges say Obergefell a 'problem' for religious liberty

Oct 5, 2020 / 12:45 pm

Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito on Monday said that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling is already posing problems for religious freedom.

Could car seat laws really be lowering birthrates?

Oct 3, 2020 / 13:00 pm

Could car seat mandates have caused a decline in births in the U.S. in recent decades? A recent working paper claims that they have.