Christine Rousselle

Christine Rousselle

Christine Rousselle is a DC Correspondent for Catholic News Agency. Prior to working at CNA, she was the managing web editor of; she has a BA in political science from Providence College.

Articles by Christine Rousselle

Write ‘zero-tolerance’ into canon law says abuse survivor

Aug 24, 2018 / 10:30 am

Canon law should be re-written to institute a global zero-tolerance policy against priests who commit sexual abuse, a clerical abuse survivor told attendees at the World Meeting of Families.

Fr. James Martin critiques 'homophobic' pastors at WMOF

Aug 23, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Fr. James Martin, SJ addressed Thursday more than 1,000 people at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.

Walking the 'Dublin Camino' at the World Meeting of Families

Aug 22, 2018 / 10:30 am

Participants in the World Meeting of Families have been invited to walk the “Dublin Camino,” a seven-church “Pilgrim Walk” throughout the city, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Irish bishops and abuse survivors respond to pope’s letter

Aug 21, 2018 / 10:00 am

Several Irish bishops, as well as victims of clerical sexual abuse in the country, have offered responses to a letter Pope Francis’ issued Monday on sexual abuse in the Church. The pope’s letter condemned abuse, and encouraged the entire Church to pray and fast. 

Pennsylvania bishops respond to sexual abuse grand jury report

Aug 14, 2018 / 14:12 pm

Following the Aug. 14 release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses, the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton released separate statements acknowledging failures to protect children, and pledging to make amends.

Pennsylvania grand jury report details decades of clerical abuse allegations

Aug 14, 2018 / 13:27 pm

A redacted grand jury report on clerical sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses was released Tuesday, following an 18-month investigation into thousands of alleged instances of abuse spanning several decades.  

Food and Drug Administration signs controversial contract with fetal tissue provider

Aug 9, 2018 / 06:30 am

Legislators, pro-life groups, and ethicists have condemned a new government contract to obtain human tissue from aborted children for use in medical research and in the creation of “humanized mice.”

Young Catholics release open letter on McCarrick, call for investigation

Aug 8, 2018 / 13:30 pm

A group of young Catholic writers, intellectuals, and activists released an open letter Aug. 8 calling for an independent investigation into the alleged crimes of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The letter also calls Catholic leaders to recommit themselves to the Church’s teaching on sexuality.

USCCB: We 'encourage and welcome' family leave bills

Aug 4, 2018 / 04:00 am

The U.S. bishops’ conference praised legislative efforts to secure family leave policies, after a Senate bill was introduced that would allow new parents to draw two months of Social Security benefits while they care for their new child.

How banning plastic straws could impact the disabled

Aug 2, 2018 / 15:21 pm

Sea turtles often sleep wedged beneath boulders on the ocean floor, or tucked below protruding ridges in coral reefs. They live, quite literally, under rocks. This means that sea turtles likely haven’t heard that plastic drinking straws can kill them, and the straws are being banned in cities across the country.

Appeals court rules against Washington archdiocese in bus ad case

Jul 31, 2018 / 14:01 pm

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority was within its rights to ban the Archdiocese of Washington’s religious-themed advertisements, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday.

Department of Justice creates Religious Liberty Task Force

Jul 31, 2018 / 02:11 am

The announcement of a Religious Liberty Task Force being created at the Department of Justice drew praise from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, who said that religious freedom is vital to the common good of the U.S.

Bishops announce nine-week novena ahead of Supreme Court confirmation

Jul 30, 2018 / 02:00 am

A Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life is being led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Catholics are being encouraged to take part ahead of the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

St Katharine Drexel's relics to be moved to Philadelphia cathedral

Jul 26, 2018 / 14:09 pm

The relics of St. Katharine Drexel, along with her original tomb, will be translated to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, and the public will be able to visit her remains when  the tomb opens in September.

Conference aims to explain the idea of a classical education

Jul 26, 2018 / 02:00 am

A classical education forms the whole person, leading students to truth and mitigating the influence of internet culture, according to one speaker at a Catholic classical education conference held this week.

Massachusetts passes “NASTY Women” abortion act

Jul 24, 2018 / 15:30 pm

Lawmakers in Massachusetts have passed new legislation that would ensure abortion remains legal in the state should the Supreme Court ever overturn Roe v. Wade. The full title of the bill is the “Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young Women Act,” but has been shortened to the “NASTY Women Act.” 

Sterilization device removed from sale with lawsuit pending

Jul 20, 2018 / 16:30 pm

The Essure sterilization device is being withdrawn from sale, the pharmaceutical company Bayer announced today. This comes after more than 10,000 women filed a lawsuit saying they were seriously harmed by the device, and about three months after the FDA restricted its sale of and required patients be given additional information about risks.

New Arizona law awards custody of frozen embryos in favor of birth

Jul 19, 2018 / 16:20 pm

A new Arizona law awards contested custody of frozen embryos to the parent seeking to “develop them to birth.” A Catholic bioethicist told CNA it was a “positive development” in an otherwise unusual ethical situation.

Government to update court on parental reunions as Catholics cite dignity of families

Jul 19, 2018 / 11:00 am

Government officials are due in federal court Friday to deliver a list of parents held in ICE detention considered ineligible for reunification with their children. The update comes as Catholics and other organizations continue to call for policies that prioritize the family.

Kavanaugh’s friends describe man of humility, service, faith

Jul 17, 2018 / 14:04 pm

Long-time friends and associates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh say he is a sincere Catholic, committed to living the tenets of his faith.