Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown

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

Articles by Jonah McKeown

The Merriest Little Christmases

Dec 21, 2020 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Newsroom, we wanted to talk with some people about their own Christmas experiences that might be unfamiliar to you - but are so special to them.

Ohio legislature passes bill to require burial or cremation of aborted babies

Dec 7, 2020 / 18:01 pm

The legislature of Ohio has passed a bill that would require the bodies of babies killed in surgical abortions to be cremated or buried at the abortion clinic’s expense.

Candles Amid the Rubble

Dec 7, 2020 / 00:00 am

We take a look at how the season of Advent can be celebrated - even in the darkest of times.

Father George Rutler accused of sexual assault, denies allegation

Dec 1, 2020 / 04:00 am

A well-known New York City priest is maintaining his innocence amid an investigation into an allegation that he sexually assaulted a female security guard earlier this month.

What connection does Moderna’s vaccine have to aborted fetal tissue? 

Nov 24, 2020 / 18:33 pm

Amid debate over the ethics of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate under development by Moderna, a Catholic microbiologist told CNA that while research connected to aborted fetal cells may have contributed to the knowledge base being used in the vaccine’s development, the actual production of the vaccine does not use cells of any kind, fetal or otherwise.

It's Still Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2020 / 00:00 am

This week we revisit an episode that first aired during Nov. 2019, and offer some pandemic-related updates.

Catholic couple donates hundreds of Thanksgiving turkeys in Brooklyn, Queens

Nov 22, 2020 / 15:01 pm

For one Catholic businessman in New York City, Thanksgiving has long been a time of sacrifice and generosity. For each of the past four years, Alphonse Catanese and his wife have donated hundreds of turkeys to needy families in the city.

Pro-life groups sue DC over chalk messages, alleging ‘viewpoint discrimination’

Nov 19, 2020 / 16:10 pm

Two pro-life groups are suing Washington D.C., alleging that the city discriminated against their pro-life viewpoints by refusing to grant permission to paint or chalk messages on the street, while allowing other activist groups to do so.

Virtual photo exhibit seeks to tell diverse Catholics' stories

Nov 18, 2020 / 18:31 pm

The U.S. bishops on Tuesday praised a virtual exhibit created by the Diocese of Green Bay, which features portraits of racially diverse Catholics from the diocese and testimonies about their experiences.  

Two churches in Washington state burn in apparent arson attacks

Nov 18, 2020 / 15:40 pm

Two church buildings— one Baptist, one Catholic— were damaged by fires in apparent arson attacks Sunday morning in Brewster, a town in central Washington.

Bishop Daly: Catholic schools should embrace faith, never compromise

Nov 18, 2020 / 03:07 am

The U.S. bishops’ new chairman for Catholic education says he hopes to bring his experience as a Catholic school teacher and president, as well as pastor of two parishes, into his new position.

'We need to look this evil in the eye' - Clergy abuse survivors respond to McCarrick Report

Nov 11, 2020 / 04:21 am

After the Nov. 10 release of the Vatican's McCarrick Report, some survivors of clerical abuse told CNA they remain skeptical that the report contains the full truth about McCarrick, and say they were disappointed that rumors of McCarrick's misconduct with adults largely appeared not to have been investigated.

How I Built This for God

Nov 9, 2020 / 00:00 am

Catholic entrepreneurs talk about how they took their award-winning ideas from an inkling in their mind to a full-blown reality.

Abuse survivor: ‘All Catholics will be grieving’ when McCarrick report is released

Nov 6, 2020 / 15:02 pm

One clerical abuse survivor and advocate told CNA that as hard as it will be to read the McCarrick Report next week, she plans to read it all.

Planned Parenthood abandons lawsuit challenging Arizona pro-life laws

Nov 4, 2020 / 17:11 pm

Planned Parenthood on Tuesday dropped a lawsuit challenging several abortion restrictions in Arizona, including a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, laws that bar non-physicians from carrying out abortions, and state laws against telemedicine abortions.

‘He lived the Beatitudes’: Mass of Thanksgiving for Blessed Michael McGivney

Nov 1, 2020 / 13:45 pm

At the Nov. 1 Mass of Thanksgiving for newly beatified Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said McGivney provides a model for both priests and laypeople of how to “live the Beatitudes.”

San Francisco archbishop asks DA to prosecute Serra statue vandalism

Oct 28, 2020 / 14:56 pm

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has asked the Marin County district attorney to prosecute those arrested after an Oct. 12 riot at a mission church to the “full extent of the law,” after several of the rioters defaced and pulled to the ground a statue of St. Junipero Serra.

Louisiana voters will decide whether to amend constitution to exclude 'right to abortion'

Oct 27, 2020 / 15:21 pm

Voters in Louisiana will decide Nov. 3 on a constitutional amendment, authored by a pro-life Democrat, which would prevent Louisiana’s courts finding a “right to abortion,” or to public abortion funding, in the state’s constitution.

As Coloradans consider late-term abortion ban, statistics shed light on Colorado clinic

Oct 26, 2020 / 16:06 pm

Coloradans are preparing for a ballot referendum that would ban abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy in the state. While abortion advocates argue that such abortions are “extremely rare,” statistics recorded by a longtime Colorado abortionist shed light on the late term abortions performed at one Boulder clinic.

More Than Words

Oct 26, 2020 / 00:00 am

The deaf Catholic community in the US is eager for the faith. In this podcast episode, we take a look at some of the latest resources available to them, and a deaf Catholic priest shares his vocation story.