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

Judge: Newark archdiocese can be held liable for McCarrick's misconduct

Oct 1, 2021 / 15:44 pm

A New Jersey federal judge ruled this week that the Archdiocese of Newark can be held financially responsible for the abuse committed by Theodore McCarrick, a disgraced former cardinal, according to one media report. 

Michigan governor vetoes funding for abortion alternatives

Oct 1, 2021 / 14:00 pm

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday line-item vetoed about $16 million worth of funding for alternatives to abortion, drawing consternation from the state’s Catholic conference. 

Learn from St Joseph’s respect for life, archbishop says

Oct 1, 2021 / 03:00 am

St. Joseph’s ‘faithful trust and courage” provide a powerful pro-life witness, a US bishop has said, marking the start of Respect Life Month in the Year of St. Joseph. 

Dutch assisted suicide campaigner arrested, accused of assisting with a suicide

Sep 30, 2021 / 14:55 pm

A campaigner for assisted suicide in the Netherlands, who is not a physician, has been detained on suspicion of involvement in an assisted suicide.

Pontifical Academy for Life honors lay Florida death row chaplain

Sep 30, 2021 / 13:00 pm

Dale Recinella, a Florida lawyer who has ministered to death row inmates for decades, was given an award honoring his service on Tuesday at the Vatican.

Queensland parliament legalizes euthanasia, assisted suicide

Sep 29, 2021 / 15:04 pm

The Australian state of Queensland has voted to become the fifth state in the country to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. The state’s Catholic bishops had strongly advised against the legal change. 

Colorado parish church vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti

Sep 29, 2021 / 13:42 pm

A Catholic parish in Boulder, Colorado, with a memorial to aborted babies on its front lawn was desecrated with pro-abortion graffiti in the early hours of Sept. 29. 

Christian and Muslim leaders: Pope Francis' Iraq trip still bearing good fruit, but more dialogue needed

Sep 28, 2021 / 12:59 pm

Pope Francis’ March visit with Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric, has already helped to foster some peace in Iraq, but religious and political leaders must continue to “invest” in dialogue if the meeting is to produce long-term positive effects, panelists said in a livestreamed discussion this week. 

'Absurd' pro-abortion laws in California highlight need for parent-child communication, policy expert says

Sep 27, 2021 / 15:25 pm

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a pair of bills Sept. 22 that relate to privacy surrounding abortion, and a policy expert commented to CNA that the laws highlight the importance of parent-child communication regarding difficult topics such as abortion. 

Some stolen items from Denver parish church recovered

Sep 27, 2021 / 14:49 pm

Several valuable items belonging to a Denver Catholic parish, including the tabernacle and vessels used for Mass, were recovered late last week, after the church was robbed nearly a month ago. 

What’s it like to be Catholic at Harvard?

Sep 27, 2021 / 12:14 pm

Harvard University’s more than 40 chaplains elected an atheist, humanist “chief chaplain” last month. We talk with one of Harvard’s Catholic chaplains about the appointment, and how the Harvard Catholic Center evangelizes a demographic that increasingly identifies as non-religious. A student and recent Harvard alum talk about living their faith on campus.

Scottish Catholics urged to oppose assisted suicide legalization

Sep 27, 2021 / 01:00 am

Scotland’s Catholic bishops are urging opposition to a measure that would legalize assisted suicide, warning that the government ought to “prevent suicide, not assist it.”

California governor moves to protect 'privacy' of minors who procure abortions 

Sep 25, 2021 / 05:01 am

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a pair of bills Sept. 22 that relate to privacy surrounding abortion, both of which could make it easier for minors to hide abortions from their parents. 

Catholic school in Illinois hires coach in same-sex marriage, reversing earlier decision

Sep 24, 2021 / 11:17 am

A Catholic school in suburban Chicago this week reversed a previous decision not to hire a coach who is civilly married to a person of the same sex, following massive internet backlash and protests from parents and students.

Archbishop Gallagher at UN: 'Racism can and must be defeated'

Sep 23, 2021 / 01:00 am

The Vatican’s foreign minister on Wednesday addressed heads of state at the United Nations, noting that the Church is “engaged in combating all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

Doctor sued under Texas abortion law

Sep 21, 2021 / 15:01 pm

A Texas abortion doctor who said he performed an abortion in violation of a new state law was sued Monday by two non-Texas residents, in what appears to be the first legal action taken since the law took effect this month. 

How Pope Francis changed Iraq

Sep 20, 2021 / 16:52 pm

Iraq is a country where people of different faiths have coexisted for thousands of years, but in recent decades, conflict has driven Christianity almost to extinction. Did Pope Francis' visit turn the tide for Iraq's persecuted Christians?

San Marino to vote on abortion legalization Sept. 26

Sep 20, 2021 / 13:15 pm

The tiny European nation of San Marino, where abortion has been illegal for nearly a century and a half, is set to hold a referendum on the legalization of abortion later this month. 

Senators ask Google why it removed ads for abortion pill reversal

Sep 17, 2021 / 14:01 pm

A dozen U.S. senators on Thursday sent a joint letter to Google’s CEO asking why pro-life ads for abortion pill reversal were removed by the search engine giant earlier this week. 

Justice Department asks judge to block Texas abortion law during legal challenge

Sep 15, 2021 / 16:00 pm

The US Department of Justice asked a federal judge on Tuesday to issue a preliminary injunction against Texas’ law prohibiting most abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, following a suit from the DOJ against the law last week.