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

San Antonio archbishop deletes some social media posts about Gaza war

May 9, 2024 / 15:35 pm

In posts on X, Archbishop Gustavo García-Sillar expressed solidarity with Palestinians while also appearing to conflate the Jewish people with the state of Israel.

Catholic radio stations push back on new race and gender reporting rules 

May 8, 2024 / 17:23 pm

In February, FCC commissioners reinstated a requirement that radio stations must annually file a document that lists the race and gender of their employees.

Minnesota bishops urge opposition to ‘Equal Rights Amendment’

May 7, 2024 / 15:00 pm

Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester warned that the proposal constitutes “an imposition of the sexual revolution on the people of our state.”

Global fertility rates: Here’s how majority-Catholic countries rank against rest of world

May 7, 2024 / 06:00 am

Catholic populations have for years been associated with high fertility rates — but that has changed.

Not all Catholic AI bots are creepy: Some new tools for learning about the faith

May 6, 2024 / 06:00 am

In the past year or so, several online AI tools have been released that generate authoritative-sounding answers about Catholic teaching based on users’ questions. 

Biden awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jesuit priest for work with youth

May 3, 2024 / 15:30 pm

Boyle, ordained a priest in 1984, founded Homeboy Industries in 1992 while pastor of Dolores Mission, a Catholic church and school in Los Angeles.

Nebraska parish mobilizes to help neighbors after massive tornado

Apr 30, 2024 / 12:15 pm

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska, a suburb northwest of Omaha, mobilized volunteers in recent days to coordinate donations.

9 facts about Catholics in the U.S., according to Pew research

Apr 15, 2024 / 06:00 am

Among the findings: Just 3 in 10 U.S. Catholics (28%) say they attend Mass weekly or more often.

Pope Francis’ approval rating remains high in the U.S. but has slipped since 2021

Apr 12, 2024 / 17:00 pm

In addition, the Pew report suggests that a majority of Catholics in the U.S. want the Church to change its teaching on a number of key issues.

California bishop praises district attorney for seeking to change death sentences

Apr 11, 2024 / 14:50 pm

“Catholic social teaching urges us to recognize the dignity of every human being, especially the most vulnerable,” Bishop Oscar Cantú of San Jose said.

New Idaho law aims to protect against forced use of incorrect pronouns, names

Apr 10, 2024 / 15:00 pm

The new law covers government employees and students at public schools.

Catholic bishops say abortion can ‘never be a fundamental right’ ahead of EU charter vote

Apr 9, 2024 / 17:30 pm

Catholic bishops in the European Union reiterated that a right to abortion can never be a “fundamental” right ahead of a Thursday vote to amend the EU charter. 

Missouri governor denies clemency to death row inmate despite Catholic protests

Apr 9, 2024 / 14:15 pm

The Catholic bishops of Missouri had strongly urged the faithful to contact Gov. Mike Parson and ask him to stay Brian Dorsey’s execution.

Missouri bishops plead for death row inmate on eve of execution

Apr 8, 2024 / 15:15 pm

The Catholic bishops of Missouri are urging the faithful to contact Gov. Mike Parson to stay the execution of convicted murderer Brian Dorsey.

Priest prepares for ‘crazy’ 1,500-mile Eucharistic pilgrimage

Mar 30, 2024 / 06:00 am

Father Roger Landry is currently the only priest committed to walking the entirety of one of the four routes of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.

Catholic medical school at Benedictine College seeks accreditation, eyes 2027 opening

Mar 23, 2024 / 07:00 am

A new Catholic, osteopathic medical school that will be housed on the campus of Benedictine College hopes to open in the fall of 2027.

Five U.S. Catholic priests chosen to attend Synod on Synodality meeting at the Vatican

Mar 20, 2024 / 16:45 pm

In a March 20 announcement, the USCCB said the five priests consist of four Latin rite priests and one Eastern Catholic priest, at the request of the Vatican.

Scotland’s controversial new hate crime law set to come into effect April 1

Mar 19, 2024 / 11:00 am

The new law creates a new crime of stirring up hatred against any of the protected groups covered by the bill.

Harrison Butker addresses family life, gun violence, Taylor Swift, and more in far-reaching interview

Mar 16, 2024 / 09:21 am

Speaking with Mark Irons of “EWTN News in Depth,” Butker said he wants to encourage men, especially fathers, to “be courageous.”

Pope Francis names U.S. police professional, Colombian bishop to minor protection commission

Mar 15, 2024 / 15:25 pm

Pope Francis on Friday made two appointments to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.