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

Irish prime minister: Catholic hospitals will be required to perform abortions

Jun 15, 2018 / 02:26 am

Publicly-funded hospitals in Ireland will be required to perform abortions, even if they are Catholic and morally opposed to the procedure, the nation’s prime minister announced this week.

Study finds Catholic school correlates with students' self-control

Jun 10, 2018 / 15:01 pm

Catholic elementary school students, regardless of race, sex, or socioeconomic status, have more self-control and self-discipline than their peers enrolled in either public schools or non-Catholic private schools, a recent study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found.

Congressmen call for investigation into Planned Parenthood abuse cover-ups

Jun 7, 2018 / 13:04 pm

Several members of Congress have asked the federal government to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood has covered-up acts of sexual abuse.

US Supreme Court throws out undocumented minor abortion ruling

Jun 5, 2018 / 16:02 pm

On Monday the Supreme Court vacated an appellate court's decision from October which permitted an undocumented minor held in federal custody to an obtain an abortion.

Iowa judge temporarily blocks heartbeat abortion ban

Jun 1, 2018 / 10:28 am

An Iowa judge is temporarily blocking the state’s newly-signed “heartbeat bill” from going into effect, he announced on Friday.

Did Planned Parenthood cover up child abuse and sex trafficking?

May 30, 2018 / 15:34 pm

In 2011, after undercover footage appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials failing to report suspected sex abuse of minors, the organization pledged to do more to train employees to recognize signs of abuse and trafficking.

US Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Arkansas abortion pill law

May 29, 2018 / 15:01 pm

The Supreme Court will not hear Planned Parenthood’s challenge to a 2015 law in Arkansas that requires doctors administering abortion pills to have contracts with physicians with hospital admitting privileges.

Do the Title X changes really threaten women's healthcare access?

May 29, 2018 / 14:49 pm

A federal government proposal to remove Title X funding from programs and facilities that perform abortions has drawn considerable media attention, raising questions of whether such a move would impact women’s access to health care.

Be missionary disciples, Archbishop Naumann encourages Catholic prayer breakfast

May 24, 2018 / 15:30 pm

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, who gave the keynote address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, May 24, 2018.

Trump at SBA gala: 'Vote for love' and 'vote for life'

May 23, 2018 / 11:23 am

Delivering the keynote address at the Susan B. Anthony List’s Campaign for Life Gala, President Donald Trump emphasized the importance of electing pro-life candidates in the upcoming November midterm elections.

Archbishop Gomez: It's time for a vote on DACA legislation

May 22, 2018 / 14:16 pm

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles is asking Catholics in the archdiocese to contact their representatives urging a vote on bipartisan legislation to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

How can the US Church reach young adults? By building relationships

May 21, 2018 / 15:11 pm

The question of how the U.S. Church can better reach young adults who are not actively engaged in their faith was at the heart of a three-day conference in Washington, D.C. last week.

Foster parents join Philadelphia’s Catholic Social Services in discrimination lawsuit

May 17, 2018 / 13:39 pm

A group of foster parents and social workers appeared in court on Wednesday, asking that the city of Philadelphia rescind its decision to ban a Catholic organization from placing children in foster homes.

Report promoting abortion in developing nations denounced as 'grotesque'

May 14, 2018 / 13:52 pm

A report calling for access to contraception and abortion in the developing world is an example of ideological colonization and cultural arrogance, warned a family author and scholar.

Commentary: What Catholics can learn about beauty from the Met Gala

May 9, 2018 / 16:12 pm

By now, you have likely heard that the theme of this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” I will admit: when I first heard this, I winced. I’m not really sure what I was imagining, but it certainly wasn’t what paraded down the red carpet on Monday night.

USCCB asks ‘compassion’ for 86,000 Hondurans facing deportation

May 7, 2018 / 18:00 pm

Temporary protected status (TPS) protections will not be renewed for Honduran nationals living in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security announced Friday. The director of the US bishops’ migration services program has said ending TPS protections for Hondurans would be inhumane.

Alliance Defending Freedom booted from Amazon Smile program over 'hate group' label

May 7, 2018 / 10:16 am

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian legal organization that promotes life, marriage and religious liberty, has been removed from the “AmazonSmile” charitable giving program after being designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Iowa governor signs Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law

May 4, 2018 / 14:56 pm

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) on Friday afternoon signed into law the Fetal Heartbeat Bill, which prohibits doctors from performing an abortion after the detection of the baby’s heartbeat.

House chaplain rescinds resignation, Ryan agrees to let him stay

May 3, 2018 / 15:22 pm

About two weeks after resigning, Chaplain of the House of Representatives Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J. rescinded his resignation and informed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) that he intends on staying in his role through his term.

On National Day of Prayer, Trump establishes new faith-based initiative

May 3, 2018 / 14:08 pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order creating a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative within the Executive Office of the President.