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

Rosica apologizes for plagiarism

Feb 22, 2019 / 23:14 pm

A long-time Vatican spokesman has admitted to passing off the writing of others as his own, and apologized for plagiarizing.

Analysis: In spite of itself, Vatican abuse summit may still do some good

Feb 22, 2019 / 12:32 pm

The Vatican’s abuse summit this week will not solve the problems plaguing the Catholic Church in the U.S. In fact, it doesn’t aim to.

Analysis: Archbishop McCarrick, Bishop Zanchetta, Pope Francis, and the Vatican abuse summit

Feb 8, 2019 / 17:43 pm

A long-awaited summit on sexual abuse will take place at the Vatican two weeks from now.

'Heat is a human right'- Power restored to Brooklyn jail after week without heat and lights

Feb 4, 2019 / 13:48 pm

Power and heat were restored Sunday to a federal detention center that had been without electricity and mostly unheated for a full week.

Bishop Daly: Pro-choice pols should not receive Eucharist

Feb 2, 2019 / 11:24 am

The Bishop of Spokane said Friday that that politicians who publicly support abortion should not receive the Eucharist in his diocese.

Wuerl denies prior denials denied knowledge of McCarrick seminarian abuse

Jan 14, 2019 / 10:45 am

Cardinal Donald Wuerl told Washington, DC priests Saturday that he appropriately handled a 2004 allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The cardinal also said that his recent denials of knowledge concerning McCarrick’s alleged misdeeds pertained only to the sexual abuse of minors.

Wuerl knew McCarrick abuse allegations in 2004

Jan 10, 2019 / 17:13 pm

An allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was reported to Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 2004, despite Wuerl’s insistence he knew nothing about McCarrick’s alleged sexual misconduct until 2018.

What is Opus Dei? A CNA Explainer

Jan 8, 2019 / 17:01 pm

Opus Dei is in the news this week. What is it?

Analysis: Their retreat accomplished, the U.S. bishops remain under siege

Jan 7, 2019 / 16:41 pm

When their seven-day retreat at Mundelein ends Jan. 8, some of the U.S. bishops may be reluctant to leave the seminary. But if they are not eager to go home, it will not be because of the setting.

Commentary: A few books for 2019

Jan 4, 2019 / 16:47 pm

It’s probably a little late for retrospectives, but if you’re planning your 2019 reading list, here are six great novels and memoirs I read in 2018.

McCarrick abused youth during confession, lawyer charges

Dec 28, 2018 / 15:55 pm

A man who says he was serially sexually abused by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick testified Thursday as part of a Vatican investigation regarding the archbishop’s history of sexual abuse and misconduct.

Commentary: Is anyone 'ready' for Christmas?

Dec 21, 2018 / 13:22 pm

We cannot be ready for the things that matter most unless Christ has come into our lives, and transformed them.

LA archdiocese to press charges against sisters accused of embezzlement

Dec 10, 2018 / 16:07 pm

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will file a criminal complaint against religious sisters who have been accused of embezzling from a Catholic school at which they had worked for more than a decade.

Hours before execution, Tennessee governor rejects killer’s plea for mercy

Dec 6, 2018 / 13:43 pm

Hours before David Miller is scheduled to be executed in Tennessee’s electric chair, the state’s governor has rejected Miller’s request that his sentence be commuted to life in prison.

Commentary: Advent is the remedy to our spiritual crisis

Dec 2, 2018 / 14:29 pm

“Insincerity was an evil which sprang up within the Church from the first,” wrote Blessed John Henry Newman in 1839. “Ananias and Simon were not open opposers of the Apostles, but false brethren.”

Farm Bill to pass without expanded SNAP work requirements

Nov 30, 2018 / 15:40 pm

Congress looks set to pass a compromise version of the Farm Bill, which would reauthorize billions in government funds for nutrition assistance and agricultural support, but strike a plan to expand work and job-training requirements for food assistance programs.

Analysis: On sexual abuse, what will U.S. bishops, and the pope, do next?

Nov 26, 2018 / 18:15 pm

After several confusing and turbulent weeks in the Church, it is worth asking where reform efforts stand, and where they will be going.

Editor's Note: What's in our Newsroom?

Nov 15, 2018 / 15:34 pm

I love CNA’s newsrooms. In Denver, DC, and in Rome, our newsrooms are staffed with smart Catholics, telling interesting stories about the Church and the world. We have great conversations, vigorous debate, and occasionally we have candy taste-test tournaments.

USCCB meeting: What just happened, and what might happen next?

Nov 12, 2018 / 16:09 pm

During a holy hour Monday morning, two survivors of clerical sexual abuse spoke to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about their experiences, and their hopes for the future of the Church.

Analysis: DiNardo's promise, and the USCCB's pending policies

Nov 9, 2018 / 01:34 am

As the bishops hold their first formal meeting since this summer’s scandal began to unfold, many Catholics are incredulous at the promise that episcopal failures of leadership will not happen again.