JD Flynn

JD Flynn

J.D.Flynn served as Catholic News Agency's editor-in-chief from August 2017 to December 2020.

Articles by JD Flynn

Analysis: Policy and pastoral leadership in a time of crisis

Apr 3, 2020 / 09:49 am

Bishops are struggling to adjust to the pastoral emergency which has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic. The results have been mixed.

Boise bishop bans 'ad orientem' posture in 'ordinary form' Masses

Apr 1, 2020 / 15:34 pm

The Bishop of Boise told priests last month that Mass in the diocese should not be celebrated in the ad orientem posture, and that material from “independent websites” is not appropriate for religious instruction.

Mass. bishop 'suspends' sacramental anointing while rescinding controversial policy

Mar 27, 2020 / 19:51 pm

After rescinding a controversial policy concerning sacramental anointing of the sick, the bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts told priests Friday afternoon that anointing of the sick is “suspended” within the Diocese of Springfield.

USCCB liturgy chair: No cell phones for confession, no delegation of sacramental anointing

Mar 27, 2020 / 16:23 pm

The chair of the U.S. bishops’ committee on liturgy wrote to U.S. bishops Friday, to clarify issues related to the sacraments of penance and anointing of the sick which have arisen during the Church’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated: Springfield, Mass. diocese rescinds policy permitting nurses to anoint

Mar 27, 2020 / 13:54 pm

A Massachusetts diocese authorized a change to norms for the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, permitting a nurse, rather than a priest, to conduct the physical anointing, which is an essential part of the sacrament.

Analysis: The sacramental shutdown, coronavirus, and canon law

Mar 26, 2020 / 13:01 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption around the world. To politics, economics, and to the life of the Church: most especially to the steady regularity of her sacramental life, which many Catholics see as the anchor of consistency amid a world of chaos.

Confession by phone, Skype, or emoji? Could it happen during coronavirus pandemic?

Mar 18, 2020 / 15:35 pm

As much of the world faces quarantines, social distancing, and “shelter in place” orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catholics have faced unexpected challenges in accessing - and offering - the sacraments of the Church.

Washington Catholic priest is first in US known to be diagnosed with coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020 / 12:45 pm

A priest in the Diocese of Yakima, Washington, is the first U.S. priest known to be diagnosed with COVID-19, the coronavirus that has become a global pandemic.

Arkansas diocese cancels public Triduum services, but keeps ministry alive

Mar 13, 2020 / 16:55 pm

As efforts to thwart the coronavirus pandemic continue, one diocese has announced that public Masses will be suspended until after the celebration of Easter, and that only new Catholics entering the Church will be permitted at parish and diocesan Triduum Masses and services.

Hebda 'confounded' by 'Abortion Providers Appreciation Day' celebrations

Mar 10, 2020 / 15:30 pm

The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul both celebrated March 10 as “Abortion Providers Appreciation Day.” Minnesota’s archbishop said he is “profoundly saddened” by those celebrations.

Editor’s note: Journalist Luke Coppen to join Catholic News Agency

Mar 4, 2020 / 00:54 am

Earlier this week, veteran British journalist Luke Coppen accepted a position as CNA’s Europe Editor.

Detroit Catholics say archdiocese fabricated rape charge against pastor

Feb 25, 2020 / 18:00 pm

A group of Detroit Catholics has filed a lawsuit claiming that the Archdiocese of Detroit fabricated an allegation of rape against their pastor in order to avoid media criticism about its handling of abuse allegations, and has mishandled the canonical case against him. 

Lesotho PM murder case could have canon law consequences

Feb 25, 2020 / 09:00 am

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been charged with the murder of his estranged former wife. The trial could also have an canonical consequence for Thabane and his second wife.

Santa Fe archbishop weighs in on papal discussion of Fr. James Martin

Feb 21, 2020 / 16:06 pm

Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe has offered his recollections of a meeting between Pope Francis and the American Southwest, especially as regards a discussion during the meeting of Fr. James Martin, SJ.

US bishops: Pope Francis talks Fr. James Martin, euthanasia, at private meeting

Feb 20, 2020 / 17:00 pm

During a private meeting with bishops from the southwestern United States, Pope Francis talked about his 2019 meeting with Fr. James Martin, SJ, and about pastoral care and assisted suicide.

New Legionaries of Christ superior accused of mishandling priest allegations

Feb 7, 2020 / 16:57 pm

Women who made allegations against a priest in the Legionaries of Christ say the religious order’s newly elected superior general mishandled the situation, allowing the priest opportunities to cross boundaries with women even after complaints against him had been made.

Vatican orders further investigation into Crookston’s Bp Hoeppner

Feb 4, 2020 / 12:45 pm

The Diocese of Crookston announced Tuesday that the Vatican has ordered additional investigation into the conduct of Bishop Michael Hoeppner, the first U.S. bishop to be investigated through a process developed by Pope Francis last year.

Analysis: Will Francis send Amazon celibacy decision up the river?

Feb 3, 2020 / 12:53 pm

A leaked draft of an anticipated apostolic exhortation on the Amazon started a flurry of speculation last week that Pope Francis plans to allow the ordination of married men to the priesthood for ministry in the region.

Trump at March for Life: 'I am truly proud to stand with you'

Jan 24, 2020 / 12:07 pm

President Donald Trump addressed the annual March for Life Friday, telling pro-life demonstrators that he is an advocate for the right to life of unborn children, and calling for a federal prohibition on late-term abortion.

Gregorian University to ‘review’ bishop’s allegedly plagiarized dissertation

Jan 17, 2020 / 11:11 am

The Pontifical Gregorian University said Friday it will review the doctoral dissertation of Scotland’s Bishop Stephen Robson, which is alleged to contain several acts of plagiarism.