Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown is a staff writer and assistant podcast producer for Catholic News Agency. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and in the past has worked as a writer, as a producer for public radio, and as a videographer.

Articles by Jonah McKeown

San Diego bishop announces compensation fund, changes to social media policy

Aug 14, 2019 / 18:19 pm

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego announced Aug. 13 an Independent Compensation Program for victims of sexual abuse, set to begin in September.

Future of Michigan pro-life program in jeopardy as funding threatened

Aug 13, 2019 / 02:28 am

Lawmakers in Michigan are considering ending public funding for a program that counsels pregnant women on alternatives to abortion, prompting concern from the Michigan Catholic Conference, which has been advocating for the program since its inception five years ago.

CNA Newsroom: A Pretty Big Assumption

Aug 12, 2019 / 00:00 am

Did you know the Assumption of Mary is one of the Church's newest dogmas?

Survey on Catholic belief in the Eucharist prompts calls for better catechesis

Aug 10, 2019 / 14:32 pm

After a recent survey found that two-thirds of Catholics do not believe Church teaching about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, Catholic commenters are stressing the importance of better faith formation.

Bioethicist responds to Japan's approval of human-animal hybrid research

Aug 2, 2019 / 09:45 am

The Japanese government is expected to approve funding for a research project, led by stem cell scientist Hiromitsu Nakauchi, to use stem cells to create animal embryos that contain human cells.

Coakley: Blessed Stanley Rother's influence remains strong in Guatemala

Jul 30, 2019 / 14:20 pm

There’s a black and white photo that holds a special meaning for those familiar with Blessed Stanley Rother— the farm-raised Oklahoma priest who gave his life for the faith 38 years ago while serving the poor in Central America.

Syro-Malabar Church: Reports of protests against Cardinal Alencherry are 'calculated propaganda'

Jul 27, 2019 / 08:32 am

Following reports from the Associated Press that several hundred priests protested the Vatican’s recent decision to restore Cardinal George Alencherry to his administrative duties, a spokesman for the Syro-Malabar church has disputed the report’s accuracy, and said that people wishing to see the Indian cardinal ousted from his position are publishing “calculated propaganda” against him.

CNA Newsroom: Upon This Rock

Jul 25, 2019 / 00:00 am

Producer Jonah McKeown takes us to visit the Chapel on the Rock at Camp St. Malo near Estes Park, Colorado. Jonah explores St. Malo's rich history - including a visit from Pope St. John Paul II - and speaks with a Catholic missionary about the importance of care for creation.

CNA Newsroom: Fulton Sheen: A Life Worth (Re)living

Jul 18, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Newsroom: renowned American theologian and media star Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, and the amazing miracle attributed to his intercession, which Pope Francis officially recognized earlier this month.

DC priest: celibacy allows a priest to give himself for others

Jul 17, 2019 / 16:20 pm

Father Carter Griffin of the Archdiocese of Washington, author of “Why Celibacy? Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest,” told CNA in an interview that celibacy has been intrinsically linked to the Catholic priesthood from the very beginning, when Jesus, who was himself celibate, ordained the apostles as the first priests.

Teacher fired for abortion rights social media posts sues Catholic school in SC

Jul 11, 2019 / 17:01 pm

A teacher at a Catholic school in South Carolina whose contract was not renewed because of her posts on Facebook in support of abortion rights is now suing the school, claiming that her First Amendment rights have been violated.

CNA Newsroom: Bless me Father for I have sinned

Jul 11, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week, we're talking all about the sacrament of confession.

El Paso migrant shelter closes as 'humanitarian crisis' at border continues

Jul 4, 2019 / 03:00 am

A Catholic aid agency in El Paso, Texas, has closed a temporary shelter for migrants and asylum seekers released from federal custody, as more asylum seekers are required to wait in Mexico for court dates, and after concerns have been raised about the detention condtions of would-be migrants in government custody.

CNA Newsroom: A July 4th Six-Pack

Jul 3, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Newsroom, we bring you six segments all about the 4th of July. You'll hear about the Italian blessed whose feast day falls on July 4, the Catholic who signed the Declaration of Independence, liturgical guidelines for Independence day and more.

CNA Newsroom: A Stigmata in Michigan

Jun 27, 2019 / 00:00 am

Was this Michigan grandfather on a mission from God?

In responding to gender theory, ‘forming the formators’ is key, educators say

Jun 24, 2019 / 16:47 pm

Amid a flurry of headlines denouncing the Vatican for releasing a document condemning “gender theory,” theology professors and Catholic educators told CNA that the document will be helpful in setting priorities for Catholic educators going forward, as Catholic schools respond to questions about LGBT issues.

Catholic youth group involved in fatal Colorado bus crash

Jun 24, 2019 / 11:01 am

A charter bus carrying members of a Catholic group from New Mexico crashed Sunday in southern Colorado, killing two people including the driver and injuring more than a dozen others.

CNA Newsroom: Lord God of Hosts

Jun 21, 2019 / 00:00 am

Why can’t celiacs use gluten-free hosts? Can germs spread by sharing the cup at Mass? And where does the bread used at Mass come from, anyway?

CNA Newsroom: Bishops in Baltimore

Jun 17, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Newsroom, we look to Baltimore where US bishops gathered for their Spring Assembly. 

St Louis University: employee who signed abortion rights letter apologized, retracted support

Jun 14, 2019 / 16:12 pm

A group of 180 business leaders this week signed an open letter, published June 10 as a full-page advertisement in the New York Times and online, in support of abortion rights and declaring abortion restrictions “bad for business.”