Jonathan Liedl

Jonathan Liedl

Jonathan Liedl is senior editor for the National Catholic Register. His background includes state Catholic conference work, three years of seminary formation, and tutoring at a university Christian study center. Liedl holds a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic Studies (Univ. of Notre Dame), an M.A. in Catholic Studies (Univ. of St. Thomas), and is currently completing an M.A. in Theology at the Saint Paul Seminary.

Articles by Jonathan Liedl

German bishops halt move toward establishing a Synodal Council at Vatican’s request

Feb 17, 2024 / 18:35 pm

The bishops were poised to vote on the matter at their upcoming plenary assembly Feb. 19–22.

UPDATE: Irreverent funeral service at St. Patrick's Cathedral for trans activist sparks outcry

Feb 16, 2024 / 22:15 pm

The Feb. 15 funeral service was held for Cecilia Gentili, a high-profile trans activist and sex-worker advocate.

Dutch bishops offer cautious response to Vatican blessing guidance, bucking regional trend   

Jan 19, 2024 / 16:30 pm

The bishops emphasized that any blessings should help people “live in accordance with [God’s] intentions for the creation of man and woman and marriage.”

Rediscovered book by Cardinal Fernández features graphic erotic passages on ‘spirituality and sensuality’

Jan 8, 2024 / 11:30 am

The 1998 book’s provocative, sexually-charged themes are likely to add further scrutiny to the already embattled prefect of the Vatican’s doctrine office.

Cardinal Fernández: Vatican’s same-sex blessings guidance is ‘clear answer’ to German bishops

Jan 3, 2024 / 18:20 pm

Members of the controversial German Synodal Way overwhelmingly approved developing formalized ritual texts for same-sex blessings in March 2023.  

Pope Francis: Entrust 2024 to the Mother of God 

Jan 1, 2024 / 10:15 am

The pope made his appeal during Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 1 for the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

Pope Francis asks Mary’s intercession in World Day of Peace video

Jan 1, 2024 / 09:00 am

Pope Francis implores the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for an end to human conflicts in a new video released on Jan. 1 for the World Day of Peace.

Pope Francis: Faith allows Christians to live transition into the new year ‘differently’

Dec 31, 2023 / 12:55 pm

Pope Francis rang in the new year and gave thanks for 2023 at a special New Year’s Eve Vatican liturgy.

Pope Francis says Benedict XVI ‘blesses us and accompanies us’ from heaven

Dec 31, 2023 / 10:21 am

In his final Angelus address of 2023, Pope Francis paid tribute to Pope Benedict XVI on the one-year anniversary of his predecessor’s death. 

Pope Francis on Christmas: Saying ‘yes’ to the Prince of Peace means saying ‘no’ to war 

Dec 25, 2023 / 08:33 am

In his annual “urbi et orbi” address, Pope Francis called for an end to war in the Holy Land and throughout the world.

Vatican says priests can bless same-sex couples without condoning their lifestyles

Dec 18, 2023 / 15:22 pm

Nonliturgical blessings can be a sign of a person seeking God, not a validation of their lifestyle, the new document states.

Pope Francis appoints Brazilian native as Boston’s new auxiliary bishop  

Dec 9, 2023 / 10:26 am

Father Cristiano G. Borro Barbosa, 47, will join Cardinal Seán O’Malley and four other auxiliaries as bishops of the archdiocese. 

Pope Francis: Vatican Nativity scene should prompt prayers for the Holy Land 

Dec 9, 2023 / 09:50 am

The pope made his remarks in a Saturday morning audience in Paul VI Hall with two delegations who donated the Christmas tree and Nativity scene.

German bishop says divisions within local Church are a ‘disaster for the faithful’

Nov 30, 2023 / 16:25 pm

Bishop Stefan Oster did not shy away from identifying profound theological disagreements as the source of division within the Church in Germany.

Pope Francis reportedly takes Vatican apartment, salary from Cardinal Burke

Nov 28, 2023 / 13:34 pm

The pope reportedly said that Cardinal Raymond Burke was a source of “disunity” in the Church.

Pope adds married couples, Church movement reps to Vatican’s laity and family office

Nov 25, 2023 / 10:07 am

The Vatican announced the pope’s picks to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life on Nov. 25.

UPDATE: Pope Francis has ‘mild flu,’ went to hospital for precautionary testing

Nov 25, 2023 / 09:32 am

The pope, who turns 87 next month, has experienced a number of medical setbacks in recent years.

Pope Francis expresses ‘concerns’ about German Synodal Way, says it threatens Church unity

Nov 21, 2023 / 04:55 am

Pope Francis has expressed deep reservations about the direction of the Catholic Church in Germany.

Strickland saga: Ousted bishop speculates on reasons the Vatican removed him

Nov 12, 2023 / 16:25 pm

“I really can’t look to any reason except I’ve threatened some of the powers that be with the truth of the Gospel,” Bishop Joseph Strickland said.

Pope Francis calls for ‘paradigm shift’ in theology for world of today

Nov 1, 2023 / 15:36 pm

Citing the need to deal with “profound cultural transformations,” the pope presented his dramatic vision for the future of Catholic theology in a new motu proprio.