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

Congressman rips administration's silence on 'genocide' in Iraq

Aug 3, 2014 / 15:34 pm

Christians are facing genocide in Iraq while the U.S. government and the United Nations are silent, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said on the House floor Thursday.

Bishops urge conscience protection for child welfare agencies

Aug 1, 2014 / 16:18 pm

Three committee chairmen of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference are strongly supporting a new bill that protects the conscience rights of child welfare agencies.

Religious freedom nominee's record prompts worry

Jul 31, 2014 / 16:10 pm

The announcement that Rabbi David Saperstein is being tapped as the next U.S. ambassador for global religious freedom has drawn concern based on his recent statements on the issue at home.

Expert: Religious freedom pick will fail without resources

Jul 28, 2014 / 16:28 pm

While welcoming the proposal for a new global religious freedom ambassador after a nine-month vacancy, one expert warned that adequate resources must be given for the position to be effective.

US must adapt foreign policy to solve migrant crisis, says bishop

Jul 27, 2014 / 15:11 pm

The head of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee implored Secretary of State John Kerry to utilize U.S. foreign policy to address the “root causes” of child migration from Central America.

Openness to beauty leads soul to God, says Catholic thinker

Jul 22, 2014 / 03:03 am

The senses are the “road to God”, who speaks to us through beauty, said Bill Donaghy, who holds a master's in systematic theology, at the recent Theology of the Body Congress held in Philadelphia.

Senate rejects bill to end employer conscience protections

Jul 16, 2014 / 14:36 pm

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that opponents warned would have stripped conscience protections for businesses, drawing a response of cautious relief.

Senate bill would strip conscience protections, bishops warn

Jul 15, 2014 / 19:01 pm

Leaders of the U.S. bishops have issued a strong rebuke of a Senate bill that would deny conscience rights to employers in the field of health coverage.

Legalizing pot erodes communities, panel warns

Jul 10, 2014 / 16:34 pm

Efforts in several states to legalize recreational marijuana use poses serious harm to individuals as well as to communities that are already broken, said members of a recent panel.

Surge of 'desperate' migrant children leaves needs unmet

Jul 3, 2014 / 03:20 am

As a wave of unaccompanied children adds to the already large numbers of immigrants entering the United States, humanitarian groups warn that resources to serve the vulnerable population are running thin.

DC cardinal recalls faith of early US Catholics

Jul 2, 2014 / 15:03 pm

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl exhorted the faithful to be “vigilant” in protecting their God-given religious liberty, invoking the faith of the first U.S. Catholics.

Legal experts: Hobby Lobby ruling may have broad implications

Jul 1, 2014 / 16:06 pm

While the full impact of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Hobby Lobby may not yet be clear, legal scholars said that it has the potential to be used in future religious freedom cases.

Bishop cites teaching of Popes in push to protect migrant kids

Jun 27, 2014 / 10:43 am

Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, invoked the social teaching of multiple popes in a plea for Congress to address the “humanitarian crisis” of unaccompanied child migrants to the U.S.

AP issues massive correction on Ireland child burial story

Jun 24, 2014 / 11:16 am

The Associated Press has retracted key claims from its reports of an Irish Catholic home for unwed mothers supposedly burying hundreds of unbaptized infants in a septic tank.

Archbishop Cordileone calls for a 'civilization of truth and love'

Jun 20, 2014 / 09:55 am

Kicking off the “March for Marriage” on June 19, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco invoked the witness of the early Christians to call for families rooted in “truth and love.”

Child migrants may be refugees seeking asylum, experts say

Jun 19, 2014 / 09:24 am

Two migration experts have said that many unaccompanied child immigrants to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America could qualify as refugees fleeing violence, and thus be granted asylum.

Religious freedom serves those in poverty, says Archbishop Lori

Jun 19, 2014 / 01:40 am

Days before the start of the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, CNA spoke with Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who heads the U.S. bishops' religious liberty committee, to discuss religious freedom in America today.

Attorney: courts overturning marriage laws use 'raw judicial power'

Jun 18, 2014 / 01:04 am

The judiciary would be exercising “raw judicial power” were it to overturn Colorado’s traditional marriage amendment, an attorney at a religious liberty advocacy firm said Monday.

Bishops embrace Pope Francis, Benedict in voting document

Jun 12, 2014 / 16:12 pm

The updated voting guide issued by the U.S. bishops will maintain Church teaching as explained by both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, said leading bishops at a recent gathering.