CNA Editor's Desk

CNA Editor's Desk brings together the editors of Catholic News Agency for discussion and analysis of the week’s top stories.


Confession, Conclaves, and Corona

Thursday, April 2 2020

Catholic News Agency editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss some of the week’s most important Catholic news stories. They also answer the one question people have been asking them non-stop: What happens if there’s a conclave during the global pandemic?

What will the Church look like after the pandemic ends?

Friday, March 27 2020

Topics include the story of how JD and Ed became canon lawyers; Catholics adapting to the life with limited access to the sacraments; parallels between the coronavirus pandemic and the sexual abuse crisis; and much more.

Social distance...from our desks

Thursday, March 19 2020

From a safe social distance— 1,493 miles to be exact— editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the week’s most important Catholic news, including the suspension of public Masses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and how Catholics are adjusting and continuing to practice their faith during this trying time. And, at the end, they play a bunch of games to take your mind off the pandemic.

Cardinal George Pell has had his day in court

Thursday, March 12 2020

JD and Ed discuss and debate the week’s Catholic news, including updates on the abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell in Australia; an interesting document about the validity of marriages; and an update on the coronavirus outbreak and how it is affecting the Catholic Church worldwide.

This is not our coronavirus episode

Thursday, March 5 2020

JD Flynn, Ed Condon, and Carl Bunderson discuss and debate the week's top stories. Topics include coronavirus and the reception of Holy Communion; news that Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo suspended the priest behind leaked chancery tapes; the true identity of the creator of a 17th-century painting of David and Goliath; and a NJ boy with autism who was denied First Communion.

The Curious Case of Canon 1090

Friday, February 28 2020

JD, Carl, and Ed discuss an interesting canonical case involving a murder in Lesotho; the tragedy of abuse allegations against Jean Vanier; religious sisters supporting a pro-choice candidate for office; and much more.

How did Ed do as host?

Friday, February 21 2020

JD and Ed discuss and debate the week’s Catholic news. This time, by popular demand, Ed is the host. Topics discussed include the Pope’s council of Cardinal advisors meeting to reorganize the Roman Curia; The McCarrick Report; Former Cardinal McCarrick’s donations to a religious order; Vatican financial scandal update; Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia retires; Cardinal Zen’s continued outspokenness about the Vatican-China deal. Games this week include “Yes or No” and “Name That 90s Church Tune.”

Married priests in the Amazon; “Querida Amazonia,” Amazonia/Amazon Price is Right; etc.

Friday, February 14 2020

JD and Ed discuss Pope Francis’ decision not to permit married priests or female deacons in the Amazon region, and other important implications of the Pope’s recent post-synodal apostolic exhortation, “Querida Amazonia.” Along the way, they also discuss the Houston Astros, suits, Tim Tebow, Laudato Si, and much more. They also play "Amazonia/Amazon Price is Right."

Movements in the Church; the McCarrick Report; Crookston investigation; Hipster Hobbies; Etc.

Friday, February 7 2020

The editors discuss movements in the Catholic Church; the continuing investigation into Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, Minnesota; the report set to come from the Vatican about Theodore McCarrick, the former Cardinal and abuser; a Nigerian seminarian who this week was kidnapped and possibly martyred; and much more. Stick around, because this may be the most game-filled episode of the podcast ever. Executive producer Kate Olivera joins for a classic round of “Greater or Lesser,” and then JD, Ed, and Kate play a round of a brand new game: “Hipster Hobby Price is Right.” You really don’t want to miss this one.

Kobe Bryant; Legionaries of Christ; abortion; approval for Catholic websites; etc.

Thursday, January 30 2020

Discussion topics this week include: the death of a Missouri priest, Fr. Evan Harkins, by suicide; a recap of the March for Life, and President Trump’s speech at the march; Bishop Barron’s comments about introducing a stamp of approval for Catholic sites that teach the faith online; uncertainty surrounding the future of the troubled Legionaries of Christ religious order; and more.