Shannon Mullen

Shannon Mullen

Shannon Mullen is the Editor-in-Chief of CNA. He previously worked as a features writer, investigative reporter, and editor with the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press. He has received numerous national reporting awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Articles by Shannon Mullen

Pope Francis: ‘I had nothing to do’ with Father Marko Rupnik case

Jan 25, 2023 / 11:16 am

For the first time, Pope Francis has commented publicly about the scandal surrounding Jesuit artist Father Marko Rupnik.

Pope Francis says intestinal problems have ‘returned’ but insists, ‘I’m in good health’

Jan 25, 2023 / 08:30 am

The 86-year-old pontiff discussed his health and possible retirement in a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press published Jan. 25.

Priest describes ‘pandemonium’ after 6 shot after funeral Mass at London Catholic church

Jan 15, 2023 / 14:30 pm

Six people —including two children — were injured in a drive-by shooting Saturday at a Catholic church in North London.

Pavone: It’s possible I missed laicization notice

Jan 13, 2023 / 09:33 am

A diocesan official’s account is at odds with Frank Pavone’s prior statements to CNA and other media outlets claiming he wasn’t officially informed of his dismissal from the priesthood.

Scenes from a day of grief and gratitude: 65,000 pay their respects to Benedict XVI

Jan 2, 2023 / 16:00 pm

The body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was laid in state for the first time Monday, drawing a massive crowd to St. Peter's Basilica..

Priests for Life's Frank Pavone: ‘The next pope can reinstate me’ to the priesthood

Dec 19, 2022 / 17:05 pm

“This idea that any of this is permanent in terms of dismissal from the priesthood is simply incorrect," Frank Pavone said in an interview Monday.

Canon lawyer on Father Pavone's dismissal from priesthood: Only the Pope can issue a decision without appeal

Dec 18, 2022 / 19:20 pm

Father Gerald Murray, a canon lawyer, offered insights from canon law regarding unanswered questions about the dismissal of Frank Pavone from the priesthood.

Vatican dismisses Father Frank Pavone from priesthood

Dec 17, 2022 / 17:05 pm

The Dicastery for Clergy issued the decision on Nov. 9 for “blasphemous communications on social media” and “persistent disobedience of the lawful instructions of his diocesan bishop,” CNA has learned.

Bishops elect Burbidge pro-life chair; other votes signal no dramatic policy shifts

Nov 16, 2022 / 12:10 pm

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, was elected chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee Wednesday.

2022 Midterms: Which party came out on top? Stay tuned!

Nov 9, 2022 / 07:55 am

The American people spoke on Election Day, but it’s not clear yet what they were trying to say.

Pope Francis to youth in Bahrain: ‘The Church needs you!’

Nov 5, 2022 / 09:33 am

The pope’s historic trip to Bahrain continued Sunday with a meeting with young people at a Catholic school.

Report details decades of alleged clergy sex abuse in Michigan diocese

Oct 27, 2022 / 11:46 am

The Michigan attorney general’s report, which does not make a judgment on which allegations are credible, names 44 priests from the Diocese of Marquette accused of sexual misconduct since the 1940s.

Oz, Fetterman spar on abortion in Pennsylvania debate

Oct 25, 2022 / 20:35 pm

The candidates’ latest comments come as a new EWTN poll shows a majority of Catholic voters in the state support Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz over Democrat John Fetterman.

Benedict XVI reflects on Vatican II in new letter

Oct 21, 2022 / 07:05 am

The letter provides fresh observations from one of the few remaining theologians to have personally participated in Vatican II, which opened 60 years ago this month.

Mark Houck calls men to fight ‘noble battles.’ A controversial indictment is his biggest one yet

Oct 7, 2022 / 18:07 pm

A look at the Catholic father of seven at the center of a growing debate over the FBI's actions toward the pro-life community.

Amid outcry, FBI disputes account of raid at pro-life Catholic family’s home

Sep 26, 2022 / 15:00 pm

The alleged circumstances of the Sept. 23 arrest of Mark Houck have led to a public outcry about what many view as an unnecessary show of force by the FBI.

New information raises questions about FBI raid on Catholic father of 7

Sep 25, 2022 / 17:31 pm

As of Sunday night, an online fund drive had raised more than $126,000 to help the family, far surpassing an initial $30,000 goal.

On-campus drag show blasted for mocking Catholic faith prompts investigation

Sep 10, 2022 / 11:22 am

Tennessee Tech University says it is investigating the circumstances surrounding a recent on-campus show by a drag performer dressed like a Franciscan friar.

Archie Battersbee, 12, dies after being taken off life support against his parents’ wishes

Aug 7, 2022 / 06:40 am

Archie had been in a coma since April when he was found unconscious with a ligature around his neck.

Two-year-old lawsuit accusing Theodore McCarrick of repeatedly raping boy still pending in NJ

Aug 5, 2022 / 18:00 pm

The nearly two-year-old lawsuit, one of several against McCarrick, has received significant media coverage due to the graphic nature of the allegations.