Matt McDonald

Matt McDonald

Matt McDonald is a staff reporter for the National Catholic Register and the editor of the New Boston Post.

Articles by Matt McDonald

New Hampshire teacher drove pregnant student to get an abortion

Jun 29, 2024 / 07:00 am

The student was at least 18 years old at the time and therefore under state law did not need the permission of her parents, the teacher says in a lawsuit filed this week.

Ohio House backs single-sex bathrooms in schools 

Jun 28, 2024 / 18:30 pm

Supporters of the bill say they are trying to protect women and girls from humiliation, intimidation, and violence. 

Stop using art by Father Rupnik, Cardinal O’Malley tells Vatican officials

Jun 28, 2024 / 15:05 pm

“We must avoid sending a message that the Holy See is oblivious to the psychological distress that so many are suffering,” Cardinal Seán O’Malley wrote.

Montana judge strikes down law defining ‘sex’ as ‘male and female’ 

Jun 27, 2024 / 17:45 pm

The law defines “male” as a “a member of the human species” who has XY chromosomes. It defines “female” as having XX chromosomes.

Democrats move to repeal federal law that forbids abortion materials in U.S. mail

Jun 21, 2024 / 11:30 am

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minnesota, said in a Thursday press release on her website that she had introduced a bill to repeal the Comstock Act.

Texas Supreme Court upholds law outlawing abortion even in so-called ‘hard cases’

May 31, 2024 / 18:15 pm

The Texas Supreme Court has upheld the state’s law outlawing almost all abortions, turning aside a challenge based on severe pregnancy complications.

Tennessee bans ‘abortion trafficking’ of underage girls   

May 31, 2024 / 14:30 pm

The new Class C felony, called “abortion trafficking of a minor,” applies to an adult who “recruits, harbors, or transports” a pregnant girl 17 or younger. 

Tennessee bans minors’ interstate gender transitioning without parental consent

May 31, 2024 / 13:30 pm

Supporters call it a parental rights bill. Opponents say it’s unnecessary and a shot at transgender people. 

Florida priest charged for biting arm of woman he says was desecrating Eucharist

May 23, 2024 / 18:21 pm

Father Fidel Rodriguez admitted to police that he bit the woman but said he did so only after she reached into the ciborium and tried to grab a host from it.

Chiefs’ Harrison Butker chides Catholic leaders in Benedictine College commencement address 

May 14, 2024 / 11:38 am

Catholic bishops should be more like St. Damien of Molokai and less concerned about what civil and cultural leaders think about them, Butker said. 

New bishop ordained in Portland, Maine: A Franciscan shepherd for the people

May 10, 2024 / 14:30 pm

Bishop James Ruggieri, 56, is known for driving a food truck to homeless people when he was a pastor in Providence, Rhode Island.

Kansas Legislature enacts four pro-life bills over governor’s vetoes 

May 1, 2024 / 05:30 am

Supporters put together the necessary two-thirds majorities to override the vetoes of Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat who supports legal abortion. 

Chaplains in public schools? Florida’s Catholic bishops ‘pleased’ by new law

Apr 30, 2024 / 17:45 pm

Florida’s bishops are welcoming a new law that allows public schools in the state to have volunteer chaplains.

Armed New York resident arrested in St. Peter’s in Rome was on ‘Most Wanted’ list

Apr 30, 2024 / 16:03 pm

Moises Tejada, 54, is on the Most Wanted Fugitives list of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. 

Catholic Answers pulls plug on AI priest ‘Father Justin’

Apr 29, 2024 / 13:30 pm

Just days after debuting an AI priest character to overwhelmingly negative reviews, Catholic Answers gave “Father Justin” the virtual heave-ho.

Eucharist, unity, clarity: What attracts converts to the Catholic Church?

Apr 24, 2024 / 07:00 am

Several U.S. dioceses reported 30%, 40%, 50%, and even more than 70% more adult converts who entered the Catholic Church this Easter.

Pro-lifers dismayed at Massachusetts pro-abortion governor’s appearances at Catholic school events

Apr 23, 2024 / 16:45 pm

Pro-lifers are raising a ruckus over two recent appearances at Catholic education events by the pro-abortion governor of Massachusetts.

Cardinal Dolan on St. Patrick’s funeral: ‘We don’t do FBI checks on people who want to be buried’

Feb 21, 2024 / 18:05 pm

Cardinal Timothy Dolan applauded priests at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for deciding not to celebrate Mass when a crowd acted with “irreverence and disrespect.”

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.

Catholic volunteer killed on way home from adoration was ‘old soul’

Jan 24, 2024 / 13:00 pm

Ryan Realbuto, 23, was shot and killed in an attempted robbery on Jan. 18 while walking home from a Holy Hour and social event in Washington, D.C.