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

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.

Trenton Bishop released from Rome hospital after heart attack 

Jan 9, 2024 / 17:40 pm

Bishop David O’Connell suffered a heart attack while in Rome where he was preparing to lead a pilgrimage of 20 priests and two lay diocesan staff members. 

Kansas bishop to walk 19 miles in pilgrimage for peace 

Jan 5, 2024 / 17:50 pm

Bishop Gerald Vincke, 59, who leads the Diocese of Salina, is planning to walk from St. Mary’s Church in Glasco to St. John the Baptist in Beloit. 

Trenton bishop suffers heart attack in Rome 

Jan 5, 2024 / 13:05 pm

Bishop David O’Connell, 68, was in Italy to lead a pilgrimage of 20 priests and two members of the diocese’s staff to holy sites in Rome and Assisi.

Christmas 2023: Unusual back-to-back Mass schedule could hurt parishes’ collections this year

Dec 22, 2023 / 16:44 pm

The worry is that some parishioners will fulfill their Sunday or Christmas Day obligation but not both.

Irish priest calls musician Shane MacGowan’s raucous funeral Mass ‘a scandal’ 

Dec 14, 2023 / 16:00 pm

The Mass included a live performance of “Fairy Tale of New York” and other nonreligious songs composed by the late singer-songwriter.

Local bishops: Steubenville-Columbus diocesan merger back in play

Dec 13, 2023 / 17:25 pm

The bishops who lead the dioceses of Columbus and Steubenville in Ohio could present a merger plan to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops next year. 

Bishop Strickland was advised to leave Tyler Diocese but can still say Mass there

Dec 8, 2023 / 10:17 am

“I have received no such instruction,” Strickland said by text Thursday night, responding to a report that he has been barred from saying Mass in the diocese.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a swing vote on abortion, dies   

Dec 1, 2023 / 17:40 pm

President Ronald Reagan nominated O’Connor to the U.S. Supreme Court in July 1981, fulfilling a campaign promise to name the first woman to the nation’s highest court. 

Hard-living Irish musician Shane MacGowan received last rites before he died, family says 

Dec 1, 2023 / 14:15 pm

MacGowan was raised a Catholic and often used Catholic imagery in his songs, though he did not practice the faith for most of his adult life. 

First Ratzinger Prize winners since Pope Benedict's death go to two Spanish theologians

Nov 10, 2023 / 16:06 pm

While Pope Francis ordinarily presents each award personally, this year the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, plans to do so instead. 

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Catholic, won’t seek reelection

Nov 9, 2023 / 17:06 pm

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s decision to leave the U.S. Senate may hurt the Democrats’ chances of keeping it in 2024. 

Biden NIH nominee grilled on funding for gender transition research, fetal tissue

Oct 20, 2023 / 10:40 am

Monica Bertagnolli answered questions for about two hours on Capitol Hill on Wednesday before the Senate Health Committee.

Illinois governor launches national fundraising organization to stump for abortion access

Oct 19, 2023 / 10:30 am

Think Big America is “dedicated to safeguarding reproductive rights and standing up against the right-wing extremists who want to take us backwards.”

‘No wiggle room’: Muslim parents object to LGBT curriculum at Minnesota charter school

Oct 18, 2023 / 11:54 am

Muslim parents at a Minnesota public charter school are objecting to books that teach about same-sex attraction and gender identity in elementary grades.

Facility-based abortions drop 30% in North Carolina after 12-week abortion ban, data show

Oct 17, 2023 / 11:20 am

In May the state Legislature enacted a bill largely banning abortions after 12 weeks, with some exceptions. The state’s previous limit was 20 weeks.

Southwestern Virginia church named basilica 

Oct 14, 2023 / 10:04 am

The former St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in the Diocese of Roanoke, Virginia, is now the Basilica of St. Andrew.