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

Ordination of women should not be focal point of synod, Scandinavian cardinal says

Sep 14, 2023 / 12:55 pm

Cardinal Anders Arborelius said the issue of ordaining women “cannot lead further, as priestly ministry is reserved to men in Catholic and Orthodox doctrine.”

Pope Francis: ‘Spiritual worldliness’ one of greatest dangers facing priests, the Church

Aug 7, 2023 / 09:15 am

Spiritual worldliness is one of the most dangerous temptations facing priests and the Church because it “reduces spirituality to appearance,” the pope said.

Pope Francis confirms Vatican envoy’s visit to China in wide-ranging interview

Aug 4, 2023 / 12:15 pm

The pope also addressed “rigidity” in the Church and concerns about the Synod on Synodality.

Pope Francis: Without concrete love, our lives have ‘no weight’

Aug 4, 2023 / 04:35 am

At a gathering with Portuguese charity workers, Pope Francis went off script to insist that Christian love must be tangibly lived out in the world.

‘Sail boldly into sea of evangelization,’ pope tells clergy, religious in Lisbon

Aug 2, 2023 / 12:35 pm

The Holy Father encouraged Church leaders in Portugal to overcome discouragement by spending time in adoration.

‘The pope’s university’ gets a new rector

Aug 1, 2023 / 13:02 pm

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Alfonso Amarante, CSsR, to head the Pontifical Lateran University.

Body of saint, patron of African Americans, significantly damaged in Sicilian church fire 

Aug 1, 2023 / 09:48 am

St. Benedict the Moor, a 16th-century Franciscan whose incorrupt body was interned at Santa Maria di Gesù Parish in Sicily, has been mostly incinerated.

Pope Francis names Davenport, Iowa’s Bishop Zinkula to lead Archdiocese of Dubuque

Jul 26, 2023 / 05:51 am

Bishop Thomas Zinkula, 66, has led the Davenport Diocese in southeast Iowa since 2017. 

Jesuit superior blames ‘Vatican norms’ for blocking harsher penalties for Rupnik

Jul 24, 2023 / 11:30 am

Famed mosaic artist Father Marko Rupnik remains a priest and could be put into ministry by a sympathetic bishop.

Pope meets with head of World Health Organization

Jul 24, 2023 / 07:32 am

Pope Francis met with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, Monday morning.

Archbishop Gänswein’s post-Vatican future beginning to take shape

Jul 18, 2023 / 10:30 am

The longtime personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI has been given no permanent position in his home archdiocese but is living in the local seminary.

Cardinal Zuppi to meet with President Biden to discuss Ukraine

Jul 17, 2023 / 05:25 am

The visit to Washington comes weeks after the Biden administration announced it would send controversial “cluster bombs” to Ukraine.

Synod on Synodality: Here are the delegates representing the U.S. and Canada

Jul 8, 2023 / 09:21 am

A pair of U.S. college students, a religious sister who does karate, and two distinct sets of American bishops are among the voting members of the Synod of Bishops. 

UPDATE: Vatican-ordered investigation targets Bishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas

Jun 25, 2023 / 11:11 am

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Bishops has completed a formal investigation of Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and the Diocese of Tyler, Texas.

Women’s ordination, transgender ideology move forward at German Synodal Way

Mar 11, 2023 / 07:30 am

Delegates also elected members for a commission tasked with establishing a permanent, national Synodal Council.

German Synodal Way approves same-sex blessings, lay preaching, and reexamination of priestly celibacy

Mar 10, 2023 / 15:36 pm

Delegates also voted to delay addressing perhaps the most controversial topic: establishing synodal councils at the parish and diocesan level.

Pope Francis meets with Benedict XVI’s longtime secretary, Archbishop Gänswein

Jan 9, 2023 / 09:24 am

The private audience with the pope took place shortly before the public release of Gänswein’s forthcoming book detailing his nearly 20 years of service to Benedict XVI. 

To counter ‘third world war,’ Pope Francis proposes ‘truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom’

Jan 9, 2023 / 06:28 am

Pope Francis Monday gave his annual address to Vatican diplomats, describing the speech as “a call for peace in a world that is witnessing heightened divisions and war.”

Update: Notre Dame football coach calls conversion to Catholic faith ‘a personal decision’

Sep 16, 2022 / 11:10 am

Head football coach Marcus Freeman told members of the press Sept. 15 that he had tried to keep his recent conversion to the Catholic faith under wraps.

Notre Dame head football coach Marcus Freeman joins the Catholic Church

Sep 14, 2022 / 12:10 pm

“Welcome to our newest Catholic, Marcus Freeman,” read an announcement in the Sept. 11 bulletin published by St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, Indiana.