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.

Articles by Shannon Mullen

'Every person matters,' Father Mike Schmitz tells pro-life marchers

Jan 21, 2022 / 14:24 pm

Father Mike Schmitz, best known as the host of the "Bible in a Year" podcast, gave an emotional, personal speech about the dignity of human life at the March for Life rally on Jan. 21.

March for Life underway, with hopes rising that Roe's days are numbered

Jan 21, 2022 / 11:36 am

Tens of thousands of pro-life Americans gathered Friday to participate in the 49th annual March for Life, amid rising hopes that the event’s goal of overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide may be within reach.

Activist group projects pro-choice messages on Washington basilica on eve of March for Life

Jan 20, 2022 / 23:16 pm

In a provocative act on the eve of the annual March for Life, an activist group projected pro-choice messages on the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Coalition to protect, advance Catholic health care launches

Jan 20, 2022 / 16:38 pm

Bishop James Conley and the leaders of five Catholic medical or professional associations on Thursday founded the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance, meant to support the reception and provision of health care in accord with Church teaching.

Supreme Court halts Biden vaccine-or-test policy for businesses, allows mandate for health care workers

Jan 13, 2022 / 13:20 pm

The Supreme Court has blocked President Joe Biden's sweeping vaccine-or-test mandate for private sector businesses, while allowing a new federal rule to go forward that requires millions of U.S. health care workers to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Synod snafu: The USCCB tweet Catholic Twitter can't stop talking about

Jan 11, 2022 / 10:43 am

No one ever said gathering constructive input from the world's 1 billion Catholics was going to be easy. But a tweet from the U.S. bishops about the upcoming Synod on Synodality backfired in a big way.

Cardinal Cupich booed and heckled by some at Chicago March for Life rally

Jan 9, 2022 / 12:25 pm

Cardinal Blase Cupich got a rough reception from some in the crowd at Chicago's March for Life rally on Jan. 8.

Conservative Supreme Court justices question basis for Biden COVID-19 vaccine policies

Jan 7, 2022 / 16:34 pm

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to weigh in on the legality of President Joe Biden's COVID-19 mandates for businesses and health care workers, the livelihoods of millions of Americans hang in the balance.

Bible in a Year: Have you heard about Father Mike Schmitz's next project?

Jan 7, 2022 / 04:00 am

Ascension's hugely successful Bible in a Year podcast started 2022 ranked No. 1 among podcasts in all categories. In a recent interview with EWTN, the podcast's host, Father Michael Schmitz, revealed what he plans to do for an encore.

His fellow Democrats want him to resign because he's pro-life, but Aaron Oliver won't budge

Jan 2, 2022 / 07:30 am

Aaron Oliver thinks it's possible to be pro-life and a loyal Democrat. The leaders of his party think otherwise, and want him gone.

Uproar over Chicago Mass: Did this Christmas Eve liturgy go too far?

Dec 30, 2021 / 13:28 pm

Some Catholics believe the live streamed Christmas Eve liturgy at St. Sabina Church in Chicago, which featured a jazz band, dancing around the altar, and Broadway-like lighting effects, crossed the line from worship to entertainment.

Why did Facebook 'kill' charity's petition drive against the forced marriage of Christian women and girls?

Dec 22, 2021 / 12:22 pm

The Aid to the Church in Need UK says it's been de-platformed from Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram without being given a specific explanation.

Live nativity scene (camel included) gives Catholic University students a welcome study break

Dec 12, 2021 / 22:29 pm

On Sunday night, Dec. 12, Delilah the Camel was the B.M.O.C. (Biggest Mammal on Campus) at The Catholic University of America — and the scene-stealing star of this year’s “Greccio,” a popular Advent event that pays homage to St. Francis of Assisi’s first-ever re-enactment of Christ’s birth, in Greccio, Italy, in 1223.

One 'core' issue may decide the Dobbs abortion case. Here's why

Dec 1, 2021 / 15:40 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments about the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 15-week state abortion ban Wednesday, a high-stakes test of the settledness of legalized abortion in a deeply unsettled nation still sharply divided over the right to life.

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.

Why was Indy chosen for the Eucharistic Congress? The archbishop explains

Nov 18, 2021 / 00:00 am

Half of America lives within a day’s drive of Indianapolis. The U.S. bishops hope up to 100,000 of those people show up in the Circle City three years from now for the first national Eucharistic congress since 1976.

Everything you need to know about the National Eucharistic Congress

Nov 17, 2021 / 16:20 pm

Seeking to rekindle devotion to the Eucharist, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Nov. 17 to launch an ambitious, three-year revival initiative, culminating with a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis in 2024.

USCCB votes to inscribe Mother Teresa in the U.S. Liturgical Calendar

Nov 17, 2021 / 13:41 pm

The U.S. bishops voted to honor Mother Teresa each year in the Liturgical Calendar of the United States.

How did the bishops vote on the Eucharist document?

Nov 17, 2021 / 10:55 am

The U.S. Catholics bishops overwhelmingly voted to approve a new document on the Eucharist Wednesday that highlights the sacrament’s indispensable role in the life of the Church.

Archbishop Gomez: 'The Church exists to evangelize'

Nov 16, 2021 / 12:01 pm

While the Catholic Church’s position in the world has altered, its evangelistic mission “does not change with the culture, or politics, or the spirit of the age,” Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles reminded his fellow bishops Nov. 16 at their fall assembly.