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.


Trump at the March for Life; Catholics in Hong Kong; Philadelphia; CNA comic book heroes; etc.

Thursday, January 23 2020

Who will be the next bishop of Hong Kong? How will President Trump’s presence at the 2020 March for Life affect the march? Will the new archbishop of Philadelphia carry on the legacy of Archbishop Chaput? What would CNA’s editors look like on the cover of a comic book? We dig into all these questions and more this week on the podcast— plus, the hosts play a game where they have to identify the patron saints of various countries.

Benedict XVI & Card. Sarah's celibacy book; Episcopal consecration; pro-life Dems; etc.

Friday, January 17 2020

Controversy over a book purportedly co-written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah about priestly celibacy; a parish in Williamsburg, VA hosting an Episcopalian consecration; Rep. Dan Lipinski, a pro-life Democrat, and his chances of re-election; and more timely topics from the week’s news.

Condon’s Rules of Decorum

Friday, January 10 2020

What can a priest do if a penitent confesses to murder? JD and Ed take this question from a friend. They also discuss McCarrick’s move from a Kansas friary; the culpability of poorly-formed bishops; and who could be the new dean of the College of Cardinals. Alejandro Bermudez, director of the ACI Group, joins for rounds of ‘Yes/No’ and ‘Greater or Lesser.’

Happy [Secular] New Year!

Friday, January 3 2020

The drone strike in Iran, Pope Francis slaps away the hand of a Catholic woman, the appointment of Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla as archbishop of Juba, South Sudan, and the face of the African Church. Ed plays a game of “resolution.”

The biggest news stories of 2019

Friday, December 20 2019

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are your hosts for the last episode of Editor’s Desk this year. On this episode, JD and Ed revisit their picks for the most important news stories of 2019, some of which you may have missed.

Our Lady of Guadalupe; Assisted suicide; Banning pornography; Gifts for aliens

Friday, December 13 2019

CNA Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss and debate the week’s news. Topics this week include the importance of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Archbishop Paglia's comments about assisted suicide and whether Judas is in Hell; discussions about the banning of pornography; an update on the continuing Vatican financial scandal; and much more. Later, JD asks Ed to think of the best gift to give an alien, and to assign “totems” to various things.

Fulton Sheen beatification delay; Buffalo bishop’s resignation; Catholics in China; Movie Saints

Friday, December 6 2019

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are your hosts on JD’s second-favorite podcast of all time. (His favorite is CNA Newsroom.) This week’s news topics include the unexpected delay of the beatification of Venerable Fulton Sheen; the other American set to be beatified soon, Brother James Miller; the resignation of the embattled Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo; continuing challenges for Catholics in China vs. the Communist Party; who are the good guys in the Star Wars series? (Spoiler alert: it’s not the Jedi); and more. This week’s game comes courtesy of a fan of the podcast: “Saints of the Silver Screen.”

A Very Special Thanksgiving Canon Law Podcast

Wednesday, November 27 2019

It's a Thanksgiving canon law extravaganza! Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss and debate several interesting points of canon law, including the requirement of canonical form for a valid marriage between Catholics; papal elections and conclaves; and much, much more. And because it's a holiday, JD and Ed debut a new game, 'Yay or Nay'.

The Vatican’s suspicious investments; Chinese bishop in hiding; ‘Breviary Chat;’ 'Greater or Lesser'

Friday, November 22 2019

As they do every week, CNA Editors JD Flynn, Ed Condon, and Carl Bunderson talk about the week’s news and many other things besides. Topics this week include: the reelection of Louisiana’s pro-life Democratic governor; a chat about breviaries and the best breviary apps out there; an update on the two parallel financial scandals at the Vatican, including a luxury apartment development in London, and an investment by the Holy See into a bankrupt Italian hospital; a Chinese bishop in hiding for refusing to register with Chinese authorities; and more. Stick around, because this week’s edition of “Greater or Lesser” will finally answer the question: from where do the best pork products in the world come?

JD and Ed are back from Baltimore; the 'abortion debate'; "Yes or No"

Friday, November 15 2019

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon recap the US bishops' meeting in Baltimore, including the election Archbishop Jose Gomez; evangelization; and the 'abortion debate.' Carl Bunderson joins for a game of "Yes or No."