JD Flynn

JD Flynn

Articles by JD Flynn

‘What do you want to know?’ The Catholic reaction to bishops and sexual abuse

Aug 16, 2018 / 11:08 am

Among the sexual abusers mentioned in the Aug. 14 Pennsylvania grand jury report, one priest merits particular attention.

What might happen for McCarrick, and for the Church in the US

Jul 31, 2018 / 11:01 am

The 2014 movie “Calvary” is a reflection on mercy, sacrifice, and the difficulties that the sexual abuse crises of recent years have caused for those priests and bishops who have nothing to hide, but are now viewed with suspicion.

McCarrick, the bishops, and unanswered questions

Jul 23, 2018 / 16:10 pm

A new allegation of child sexual abuse was leveled against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick last Thursday, one month after the June announcement that he had been suspended from priestly ministry following an investigation into a different charge of sexual abuse on the part of the cardinal.

Commentary: Catholic media, and the truth that sets us free

Jul 13, 2018 / 16:18 pm

This week at CNA, we published an article about a bishop under investigation in India after a religious sister accused him of rape. The story is still developing, facts are not yet clear, and, of course, the bishop deserves the benefit of due process. CNA’s article explained those things.

France vs. Croatia: A Catholic World Cup breakdown

Jul 12, 2018 / 14:49 pm

On Sunday, France and Croatia will square off on the soccer pitch for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Championship. While most U.S. Catholics are only casual soccer fans, many will join more than 3 billion people around the world who are expected to watch the game.

Keep immigrant families together, bishops plead at border

Jul 2, 2018 / 17:27 pm

Immigration reform requires seeing the faces of immigrants, and hearing their stories, according to six U.S. bishops who have completed a two-day pastoral visit to the U.S. border with Mexico in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

Father Weinandy discusses Gnosticism Today

Jun 27, 2018 / 11:01 am

Father Thomas Weinandy, OFM Cap., is a member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission, an accomplished professor of theology, and a prolific author. His most recent book is Jesus Becoming Jesus: A Theological Interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels. CNA Editor-in-Chief JD Flynn interviewed Father Weinandy about “Gnosticism Today,” an essay recently published at The Catholic Thing:

The Catholic vision of just immigration reform

Jun 18, 2018 / 14:59 pm

A Honduran woman says that federal immigration authorities took her daughter from her arms as she breastfed the child. When she reached out for her daughter, she says she was handcuffed; she stood powerless as her daughter was taken away.

What to expect when the USCCB heads to a Florida beach this week

Jun 11, 2018 / 18:00 pm

The bishops of the United States will meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this week, less than one mile from A1A-Beachfront Avenue, the Florida road made famous by a 1974 Jimmy Buffett album, and the peerless 1990 Vanilla Ice single “Ice, Ice Baby.”

Commentary: Did the pope say that God made someone gay?

May 21, 2018 / 13:00 pm

I am not a priest or deacon, or even a counselor or pastoral care worker. But in more than a decade of full-time work in the Church, I’ve often sat with people who are confronting some difficult cross they have to carry, some heavy burden that’s been placed upon them.

Commentary: The pope’s next steps on sexual abuse in Chile

May 18, 2018 / 11:13 am

After meeting with him for three days, and reading his reflections on the problem of clerical sexual abuse in their country, 34 Chilean bishops submitted their resignation to Pope Francis Friday.

Analysis: Who misinformed Pope Francis about Bishop Barros?

May 3, 2018 / 15:01 pm

On Wednesday, three Chilean survivors of clerical sexual abuse held a press conference to discuss recent conversations with Pope Francis about the circumstances of their abuse.

The face of Christ in Alfie Evans: An interview with Charles C. Camosy

May 1, 2018 / 12:36 pm

Charles C. Camosy is associate professor of theology at Fordham University and author of several books on Catholic ethical reasoning. Last week, he authored “Alfie Evans and our moral crossroads,” published by the ecumenical magazine and website First Things. In an interview with CNA editor-in-chief JD Flynn, Camosy discusses some ethical issues involved in the case of Alfie Evans.

Commentary: Lessons from Monsignor Green

Apr 30, 2018 / 12:12 pm

Monsignor Thomas Green, a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., died peacefully on Saturday morning. He was 79 years old.

Commentary: Reading Pope Francis in love

Apr 9, 2018 / 10:43 am

In his first homily as pope, Francis quoted Leon Bloy, the French convert, author, and mystic who has influenced some of modernity’s most significant literary voices. Gaudete et exsultate, the pope's newly released apostolic exhortation, again turns to Bloy, invoking the writer’s famous observation that “the only great tragedy in life is not to become a saint.”

Commentary: Why ‘CINO’ label isn’t helping the Church

Apr 3, 2018 / 15:02 pm

On Monday, Villanova University won the NCAA basketball tournament for the second time in three years. The University of Notre Dame won the women’s tournament on Easter Sunday, beating Mississippi State with a last-second 3-pointer from junior Arike Ogunbowale, who had beaten Connecticut with a last-second shot just two days earlier.

Commentary: Praying for Francis

Mar 12, 2018 / 23:28 pm

Five years ago, I stood in the refectory of St. John Vianney Seminary of Denver, with colleagues, friends, and a few hundred seminarians, watching on television as a much larger crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square. When Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, appeared on a balcony above the square, we erupted into cheers, and then we fell silent as the pope asked the world to pray for him, and offered us his blessing.

Commentary: Holiness, not despair

Feb 13, 2018 / 14:00 pm

Last week, a priest wrote to me. He said that as he surveyed the difficulties facing the Church, he was starting to wonder if it had been a mistake to convert to Catholicism.

Germain Grisez had ‘a lively sense of Providence,’ long-time friend says

Feb 6, 2018 / 09:55 am

A longtime friend of distinguished theologian Germain Grisez will celebrate the scholar’s funeral Tuesday, at St. Anthony Shrine Roman Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, Md. Grisez died Feb. 1, at the age of 88.

Analysis: Did Cardinal O’Malley open a door to papal criticism from US bishops?

Jan 22, 2018 / 16:37 pm

It is no secret that the pontificate of Pope Francis has been a challenge for Church leaders to navigate, and the bishops of the United States are no exception.  A man often called the Pope of surprises, who has encouraged Catholics to “make a mess,” the pontiff’s spontaneity, new approaches, and willingness to rebuff traditional consultative mechanisms has, more than once, seemed to catch American bishops off-guard.