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Every week, listen as the best Catholic journalists discuss everything you need to know. Be sure to subscribe to our award-winning companion podcast, "CNA Newsroom," on any podcast app.

Every week, listen as the best Catholic journalists discuss everything you need to know. Be sure to subscribe to our award-winning companion podcast, "CNA Newsroom," on any podcast app.

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United States

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Every week, listen as the best Catholic journalists discuss everything you need to know. Be sure to subscribe to our award-winning companion podcast, "CNA Newsroom," on any podcast app.

Language:

English


Episodes

Thank You

1/4/2021
JD Flynn and Ed Condon resigned their positions at Catholic News Agency at the end of 2020 to pursue other projects. We're suspending this podcast, as we continue our search for new leadership. In the meantime, check out our award-winning podcast CNA Newsroom: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/podcast/cna-newsroom Thanks for listening.

Duration:00:01:20

The one with Davey

12/16/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the Catholic news you need to know this week. Then, they debate the top 5 Christmas movies of all time. Time stamps and show notes: 10:00 - Courts weigh in on church closures due to COVID restrictions https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/supreme-court-overturns-ny-church-restrictions-brooklyn-bishop-says-religion-essential-during-pandemic-99008 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/supreme-court-vacates-ruling-on-colorado-church-restrictions-93626...

Duration:01:21:15

Ed’s Quick Takes on the Week's News

12/11/2020
CNA’s DC Editor Ed Condon gives a brief overview of the week’s top stories. Time stamps and show notes: 1:00 - US bishops’ doctrine committee weighs in on hymns sung at Mass https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/all-are-welcome-not-a-welcome-hymn-at-mass-usccb-committee-says-54933 5:15 - Vatican upholds Knoxville bishop’s COVID restriction https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-upholds-bishop-over-reception-of-communion-on-tongue-77862 12:00 - Vatican dismisses abuse allegation...

Duration:00:25:19

It’s Canonical Big Block of Cheese Day!

11/25/2020
https://www.foodandwine.com/news/real-story-huge-chunk-cheese-sat-white-house-year 12:35 - Is baptism by American Sign Language possible? https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-baptisms-administered-in-name-of-the-community-are-invalid-27618 19:40 - Can priests be given permission to celebrate four Masses in one day? 31:35 - A Catholic marries a non-Catholic in a non-Catholic ceremony. They get divorced. Does the Catholic need an annulment? 39:50 - Why is the baptism of those who...

Duration:01:17:24

The Problem with Tribalism

11/20/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon return this week to talk about the US Bishops’ Fall General Assembly, the latest ‘Vos estis’ investigation, and a surprising lawsuit in Rome. Time stamps and show notes: 1:52 - USCCB Fall General Assembly https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/tags/usccb-fall-general-assembly-2020 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/archbishop-gomez-biden-will-support-policies-against-fundamental-catholic-values-88644...

Duration:01:07:56

The McCarrick Report is here

11/12/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the long-awaited “McCarrick Report,” and Ed throws a baseball at a door. (5:18) The McCarrick Report: http://www.vatican.va/resources/resources_rapporto-card-mccarrick_20201110_en.pdf https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/mccarrick-report-nj-bishops-gave-vatican-inaccurate-information-before-mccarricks-washington-appointment-84734 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/mccarrick-report-when-one-mother-had-to-speak-up-88192...

Duration:01:15:33

A Toast to Transparency

11/6/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the news, including the still-contested general election in the US; the McCarrick Report, which is expected to be released next week; a little-noticed canon law change related to religious orders; take another deep dive into Vatican finances; and more. (1:10) Ed criticizes JD’s fashion choices (6:40) The general election: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/election-not-yet-resolved-with-critical-catholics-issues-hanging-in-the-balance-93989...

Duration:01:21:59

Airport Code or Religious Order?

10/30/2020
In this week’s episode, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss Halloween; an Islamist attack in a church in Nice, France; give an update on the Vatican financial scandal; and much more. Stick around for a fan-requested game at the end: “Airport Code or Religious Order?" (1:10) Is Halloween good or bad? Also: do they celebrate Halloween in England? (15:52) Vatican financial scandal update - Pope Francis discusses Vatican finances in a new interview...

Duration:01:03:32

What’s up (with the) doc

10/23/2020
In this week’s episode, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss a documentary film that appears to show footage of Pope Francis giving his support to same-sex civil unions. They also talk about the Vatican’s recent renewal of the controversial China deal; an extended plenary indulgence; and much more. (2:51) Pope Francis’ comments on same-sex civil unions in the new documentary “Francesco”:...

Duration:01:04:51

The Reversal of JD Flynn

10/16/2020
In this week’s episode, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of prospective Justice Amy Coney Barrett; an Italian ‘security consultant’ with links to the Vatican financial scandal, who was arrested this week; and a mystery surrounding the burning of an altar in New Orleans after a “demonic” desecration. Subscribe to CNA Newsroom: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/podcast/cna-newsroom (8:43) The beatification of Carlo Acutis continues to attract...

Duration:00:59:36

That’s all, folks

10/9/2020
In this week’s episode, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the pope’s new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti; they also talk about Carlo Acutis, the newest millennial saint; and another relatively new saint, Cardinal John Henry Newman; two tragic stories out of New Orleans; and more. (1:30) Carlo Acutis beatification Oct.10: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/date-set-for-beatification-of-catholic-computer-programming-teen-carlo-acutis-22071...

Duration:01:06:49

BONUS: Did Becciu pay off Pell’s accusers?

10/5/2020
In this bonus episode of CNA Editor’s Desk, JD and Ed discuss an explosive, “big if true" story that emerged over the weekend involving Cardinals George Pell and Angelo Becciu. Further reading: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/analysis-cardinal-becciu-is-accused-of-setting-up-pell-but-facts-are-few-12832 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/analysis-what-we-dont-know-about-the-becciu-pell-allegations---yet-23385

Duration:00:31:19

How did we get here?

10/2/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon briefly discuss the first presidential debate, the annual Al Smith Dinner, and democracy; and then take another deep dive into the Vatican's financial scandal to answer the question: how did Vatican finances get where they are today? This week’s special guest is Karna Lozoya from the Catholic University of America, who hosts the new podcast, “Crisis.” She joins to talk about her podcast and to play a trivia game about famous crises throughout history. Listen to...

Duration:01:21:11

Becciu didn’t see this coming

9/25/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the resignation of a prominent cardinal, presumably over financial scandal; the Supreme Court vacancy and what might happen next; and, as a special bonus, Father Pius Pietrzyk, OP joins at the end for a discussion about canon law, an analysis of the Senate’s confirmation process, and a game. (1:11) Cardinal Angelo Becciu resigns, and a massive update on the Vatican financial scandal:...

Duration:01:29:20

The Blest Wing

9/18/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the second known instance of a priest realizing his baptism was invalid; the continued controversy over Netflix’s “Cuties”; an update on the Vatican-China deal; and much more. They also talk about Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United Kingdom ten years ago; debate canon law as it relates to baptisms; and JD asks Ed some riddles. Listen and subscribe to CNA Newsroom: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/podcast/cna-newsroom (1:20)...

Duration:01:24:18

Masks and McCarrick

9/4/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon crack open the Code of Canon Law to discuss the case of a Colorado priest who told parishioners to disobey their bishop on mask wearing. They also discuss the elusive McCarrick report and the latest on relations between the Vatican and China. 2:40 - The elusive McCarrick report https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/analysis-two-years-after-mccarrick-questions-are-unanswered-35641 20:05 - ‘To the Law!’: Obedience...

Duration:01:14:51

"The Church Supplies"

8/28/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss baptism and the sacraments, in the context of a Detroit priest who learned this summer that he was invalidly baptized. We also hear about Ed and JD's weddings, and JD gives Ed an assessment of how he’s been doing as a CNA editor for the past two years. In addition, JD castigates Ed for not liking “Friday Night Lights,” gives a list of his favorite TV shows, and analyzes the brilliant, subversive, yet problematic “Animaniacs." (11:53) Detroit priest...

Duration:01:25:23

Politics, and then Baseball

8/21/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon talk politics and then, baseball. JD tries his hand at a round of presidential candidate ‘Who Said It?’ Show notes and time stamps: 2:10 - Does our political process allow for good and holy politicians? 25:00 - The Democratic National Convention https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/even-a-former-obama-staffer-thinks-the-democratic-platform-is-extreme-14840...

Duration:01:29:27

Once a Catholic, Always a Catholic?

8/14/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss St. Maximilian Kolbe, a historic peace deal in the Middle East, evangelism, Catholic politicians, and much more. And surprise, surprise, Ed does *not* like musical theater. He especially does not like “Hamilton,” a musical which he has not yet seen. (He also has never seen “Moana.") (00:47) St. Maximilian Kolbe: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-maximillian-kolbe-560 (9:32) Israel/UAE historical peace deal:...

Duration:01:24:31

Let’s talk about Vatican II

8/7/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon return this week to talk about recent “discussion” about the Second Vatican Council and a new ruling by the Vatican’s doctrinal office. 3:23 - Vatican II https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-ii-not-sole-controversial-ecumenical-council-catholic-theologian-says-64458 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-zen-in-vatican-council-ii-catholics-hear-real-voice-of-the-holy-spirit-62749 44:32 - Baptisms administered 'in name of the community'...

Duration:01:16:32