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

Report: Hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits filed against New Jersey Catholic priests during 2-year window

Dec 3, 2021 / 21:30 pm

At least 820 sex abuse lawsuits have been filed against New Jersey’s Catholic dioceses and religious orders in the past two years — including some 180 in the past month alone, according to an analysis by news outlet NorthJersey.com.

Detroit archbishop 'heartbroken' over Michigan school shooting

Dec 1, 2021 / 14:16 pm

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit said he was “heartbroken” on Tuesday after hearing of the “horrific tragedy” of school shooting outside the city earlier in the day. 

New Loyola Marymount alumni petition targets use of preferred pronouns

Nov 30, 2021 / 14:05 pm

After learning that students at Loyola Marymount University were allegedly being required to include their preferred pronouns on class assignments and being given the option to change their name, an alumni-led group is petitioning the Los Angeles-area Catholic school to stop the “institutional commitment to gender ideology, and to renew LMU’s institutional commitment to Roman Catholicism.”

Painting at center of George Floyd controversy stolen from Catholic University

Nov 24, 2021 / 14:15 pm

A pieta painting displayed at The Catholic University of America’s law school that some see as depicting George Floyd in the place of Jesus was stolen Tuesday night, Nov. 23, the school announced.

Brisbane archbishop gives priests until Dec. 15 to be fully vaccinated

Nov 23, 2021 / 17:12 pm

The Australian Archdiocese of Brisbane has announced that all archdiocesan employees, including clergy, contractors and some volunteers, must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 15 in accord with the state’s mandate unless they have a medical exemption. 

Catholic University of America: Unintentional abortion coverage for students wasn't used

Nov 22, 2021 / 14:51 pm

Although it has acknowledged that its student health plan unintentionally covered certain abortion services for the past three years, The Catholic University of America says that no abortion claims occurred during that time.

Catholic University says it wasn't aware student health plan covered abortion

Nov 19, 2021 / 15:00 pm

The Catholic University of America has acknowledged that its student health care plan has included coverage for certain abortion services for the past three years, a provision the school says it will discontinue after the policy was brought to light by a recent news report.

House passes Build Back Better; bishops raise religious liberty, abortion objections

Nov 19, 2021 / 12:08 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the Build Back Better Act Nov. 19, voting 220-213 to approve nearly $2 trillion in spending for a host of ambitious new domestic programs, including universal pre-kindergarten, increased child care subsidies, and initiatives aimed at shifting the country away from fossil fuels.

Alabama college students to host school’s first Eucharistic procession

Nov 18, 2021 / 10:30 am

The Catholic student center at the University of South Alabama in Mobile is set to host the school’s first ever Eucharistic procession the evening of Nov. 18. 

'No plea' entered on Providence priest’s behalf amid child pornography charges

Nov 15, 2021 / 10:58 am

A state district court judge on Monday entered “no plea” on behalf of Father James Jackson, FSSP, a Rhode Island-based priest who is facing child pornography charges.

Bishop Stowe ‘not in favor’ of Eucharistic document, but predicts it will pass

Nov 12, 2021 / 19:05 pm

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Ky. says he remains opposed to a draft document on the Eucharist the U.S. bishops will vote on next week, but he believes it will be adopted.

Military spouse 'virtual date night' video series launched on Veterans Day

Nov 11, 2021 / 13:00 pm

To coincide with Veterans Day, a marriage ministry has launched a free “virtual date night” video series specifically for military couples, providing mentoring and other resources to help spouses strengthen their bonds to one another, to their families and communities, and to God.

Knights of Columbus volunteers sending rugged prayer books to military personnel

Nov 10, 2021 / 13:53 pm

Volunteers and some military members in the Knights of Columbus delivered the first 100,000 copies of a prayer book’s new edition for military personnel to the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, D.C., home base for the Archdiocese for the Military Services on Nov. 9.

Knights of Columbus announce icon of St Joseph as prayer program's centerpiece

Nov 9, 2021 / 16:14 pm

As the state deputies of the Knights of Columbus (KofC) gathered for their semi-annual meeting last weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly encouraged the order’s leaders to grow in faith, expand the order’s membership, and advance the Knight’s mission.

American Life League mourns death of co-founder Paul Brown

Nov 8, 2021 / 23:00 pm

Paul Brown, co-founder of American Life League, died Thursday, the pro-life group has announced.

Loyola Marymount student restarts pro-life group after Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Nov 6, 2021 / 17:26 pm

When Loyola Marymount University student Megan Glaudini heard that her university was not stopping an on campus fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, she felt “convicted” that she needed to do something. 

Father James Jackson wrote about sex abuse scandals, called McCarrick a 'creep'

Nov 6, 2021 / 09:08 am

In the weeks leading up to his arrest on child pornography charges, Father James W. Jackson wrote at length about sex abuse scandals perpetrated by “psychosexually dysfunctional” priests, singling out former cardinal Theodore McCarrick as a “creep” who hid a sinful private life with outward good works with the help of corrupt friends in the Catholic hierarchy.

FSSP priest faces new federal child pornography charges

Nov 4, 2021 / 20:09 pm

Federal authorities have filed additional child pornography charges against Father James W. Jackson, who was arrested Oct. 30 after Rhode Island investigators found “hundreds” of explicit sexual images on an external hard drive in his rectory office, according to court documents.

Texans approve broad protection of religious services

Nov 4, 2021 / 16:24 pm

On Nov. 2, voters in Texas approved eight amendments to the state constitution, including one that bars the state and public officials from "enacting, adopting, or issuing a statute, order, proclamation, decision, or rule that prohibits or limits religious services.”

Why is a Planned Parenthood fundraiser being held on this Catholic campus?

Nov 4, 2021 / 12:10 pm

Loyola Marymount University says it will not block a student club from hosting a fundraiser Friday for abortion provider Planned Parenthood, despite a petition drive that says it’s an “egregious violation” to hold the event on the Catholic institution’s Los Angeles campus.