Joe Bukuras

Joe Bukuras

Joseph Bukuras is a staff writer at the Catholic News Agency. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Catholic University of America. He has interned in the U.S. House of Representatives, on a U.S. Senate campaign, in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, and at the Susan B. Anthony List. He is based out of the Boston area.

Articles by Joe Bukuras

Providence bishop: Catholic congressman's abortion position 'terribly disappointing'

Sep 10, 2021 / 11:00 am

Bishop Tomas Tobin of Providence on Thursday lambasted a local congressman’s newspaper editorial which explains his support for federally codifying abortion rights, despite his Catholic faith and professed personal pro-life views.

Which corporations have come out against Texas' pro-life law?

Sep 9, 2021 / 10:30 am

Since Texas’ pro-life “heartbeat” law went into effect last week, some corporations responded by donating to pro-abortion groups or issuing statements in opposition. Meanwhile, other companies have remained silent.

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick makes first court appearance, pleads not guilty

Sep 3, 2021 / 07:48 am

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick pleaded ‘not guilty’ on Friday to several charges of sexual assault, while appearing for the first time in a Massachusetts court.

Bishop Barron: Election of atheist as Harvard chaplain president ‘complete and abject surrender’

Sep 1, 2021 / 18:00 pm

Bishop Barron said on Tuesday that the Harvard University chaplains made a “complete and abject surrender” by electing an atheist as the president of their association. 

Harvard Catholic Center responds to ‘spin’ on atheist chaplain

Aug 31, 2021 / 11:04 am

The Harvard Catholic Center on Monday clarified reports of the university’s new atheist “chief chaplain,” saying the position is administrative and will not affect the center’s Catholic mission.

Pastor says priest 'misspoke' when he alleged Cardinal Cupich stopped public prayers after Mass

Aug 28, 2021 / 16:00 pm

Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, allegedly ordered a priest to cease praying the Prayer to St. Michael and the Hail Mary publicly after Mass at a parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Libertyville, Illinois, Father John Trout, issued a statement saying this is not true.

Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix encourages vaccination, supports conscience exemptions through employers

Aug 28, 2021 / 15:00 pm

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix said on Friday that he encourages the faithful to prayerfully consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but assured those who have chosen not to receive the vaccine that they can do so in good conscience.

Diocese of Cleveland, Notre Dame partner to boost Catholic schools

Aug 27, 2021 / 16:08 pm

The diocese of Cleveland announced this week that it will partner with the University of Notre Dame to reinvigorate two diocesan schools. 

Brian Siemann, a paralympian raised with Catholic faith

Aug 26, 2021 / 17:49 pm

After praying to St. Gerard about fertility problems, Teresa Siemann got more than she bargained for with quadruplets, one of whom is Brian Siemann, a world-class athlete now competing in his third paralympic games.

Cleveland Diocese plans second round of ‘Nine Nights of Night Prayer’

Aug 24, 2021 / 13:01 pm

After Catholics in the Cleveland diocese participated in a “Nine Nights of Night Prayer” initiative earlier this month, the diocese will hold a second round later this year. 

Police chaplain 'mortified' he mistakenly gave Chicago mayor Communion at Officer Ella French’s funeral

Aug 20, 2021 / 13:22 pm

"You know something, I am to blame for that and I am mortified," Fr. Dan Brandt told CNA Friday, explaining how he came to administer Holy Communion Aug. 19 to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a non-Catholic Christian who is in a same-sex marriage.

Chicago, Philly archdioceses tell priests not to provide religious exemption from COVID vaccines

Aug 19, 2021 / 15:05 pm

The archdioceses of both Philadelphia and Chicago have instructed their clerics not to assist parishioners seeking religious exemptions from receiving COVID-19 vaccines.

More than 900 abuse claims filed against Buffalo diocese under Child Victims Act

Aug 18, 2021 / 11:03 am

At Saturday’s close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, more than 900 child sex abuse claims against the Buffalo diocese were counted by The Buffalo News. 

NCBC: Church teaching calls for respect of both common good and conscience with vaccine mandates

Aug 17, 2021 / 10:28 am

The National Catholic Bioethics Center on Tuesday recalled that its guidance on vaccination against the coronavirus is drawn from the full range of Church teaching on the common good, conscience, and charity.

NY bishop hopes Child Victims Act deadline will close a ‘painful and sordid chapter’

Aug 16, 2021 / 14:04 pm

At the close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, Bishop Michael Fisher of Buffalo said he hopes the process will bring “closure and healing” to those abused by clerics.

‘Dereliction of its duty’: US bishops rebuke Biden administration for dropping conscience rights lawsuit

Aug 12, 2021 / 17:03 pm

The U.S. bishops on Thursday criticized the Biden administration for dropping a conscience rights lawsuit.

USCCB ‘grateful’ for passage of infrastructure bill, urges no funding of abortions

Aug 12, 2021 / 08:30 am

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Tuesday offered some praise of the U.S. Senate’s passage of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, while critiquing one provision and warning against any funding of abortion. 

Catholic seminaries requiring vaccines, with exemptions, for fall semester

Aug 11, 2021 / 12:03 pm

Catholic seminaries in the northeast are requiring COVID-19 vaccination for their seminarians before the coming semester begins. 

Citing local COVID surge, Dallas diocese prolongs dispensation from Sunday obligation

Aug 11, 2021 / 11:10 am

The Diocese of Dallas announced this week that it is extending a dispensation from the Sunday obligation for Catholics, due to the local spread of the coronavirus. 

Hollywood director, Catholic internet host take on Eucharist miracles movie

Aug 9, 2021 / 15:30 pm

A longtime Hollywood artist has teamed up with a Catholic YouTube host to create a live-action film on Eucharistic miracles.