CNA Editor's Desk

CNA Editor's Desk

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Benedict XVI & Card. Sarah’s celibacy book; Episcopal consecration; pro-life Dems; etc.
Jan 17 • 84 min
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…
Condon’s Rules of Decorum
Jan 10 • 86 min
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…
Happy [Secular] New Year!
Jan 3 • 81 min
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.” Show notes:…
JD and Ed’s top news stories of 2019
Dec 19, 2019 • 64 min
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. Shownotes:…
Our Lady of Guadalupe; Assisted suicide; Banning pornography; Gifts for aliens
Dec 13, 2019 • 71 min
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…
Fulton Sheen beatification delay; Buffalo bishop’s resignation; Catholics in China; Movie Saints
Dec 6, 2019 • 87 min
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…
A Very Special Thanksgiving Canon Law Podcast
Nov 27, 2019 • 109 min
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…
The Vatican’s suspicious investments; Chinese bishop in hiding; ‘Breviary Chat;’ ‘Greater or Lesser’
Nov 22, 2019 • 98 min
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…
JD and Ed are back from Baltimore; the ‘abortion debate’; “Yes or No”
Nov 15, 2019 • 69 min
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.” Shownotes:…
Vatican financial scandal update; Ed and JD head to ‘Charm City’; Crookston investigation
Nov 8, 2019 • 78 min
Editors JD Flynn, Ed Condon, and Carl Bunderson are here to bring you the latest on the week’s most important news, including updates to a massive financial scandal at the Vatican; the agenda for the US Bishops’ fall meeting in Baltimore; investigations…
Halloween; Biden denied Communion; Vatican financial scandal; “Greater/Lesser” and “Yes/No”
Nov 1, 2019 • 67 min
Editors JD Flynn, Ed Condon, and Carl Bunderson discuss and debate the week’s news as only they can. This week’s topics include former VP Joe Biden being denied the Eucharist because of his support for abortion; Ed’s reporting on a massive financial…
Secret archives; Pachamamagate; married priests; Fan-suggested game!
Oct 28, 2019 • 66 min
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon, fresh from the Amazon Synod in Rome, discuss and dissect the week’s news. Topic this week include the Amazon Synod wrap-up; married priests; statues thrown in the Tiber River; journalism at the Synod; and much more. This…
JD buys a biretta; Amazon synod; Cardinal Becciu and financial reform
Oct 18, 2019 • 65 min
Editor JD Flynn calls in from Rome to talk with DC Editor Ed Condon about the Amazon synod, financial reform at the Vatican and JD’s new biretta. They play a Roman edition of ‘Yes/No’ and ‘How Long Have We Done This?’ Show notes:…
From Rome! The Amazon Synod, John Henry Newman, Scalfari interview, etc.
Oct 10, 2019 • 84 min
JD Flynn is in Rome this week, and offers his analysis of the Synod on the Amazon. Ed Condon joins from Washington to talk about John Henry Newman’s canonization, which is coming up this Sunday, Oct. 13. Stick around for a brand new game: “That’s…
Money at Mass; parish registration; married priests; Patron of Whaaaat? etc.
Oct 4, 2019 • 80 min
CNA Editors Ed Condon and JD Flynn discuss the week’s news, including parish registration, money at Mass, the working document for the Amazonian synod, married priests, celibacy, John Henry Newman, and much more. This week’s games are “How Pius Am I?” and…
Obscure New Testament figures; Jesuit high school appeal; Amazon synod update; Chaput turns 75; etc.
Sep 27, 2019 • 71 min
CNA Editors Ed Condon, JD Flynn, and Carl Bunderson are your hosts for this discussion of the week’s most compelling news. On this episode of CNA Editor’s Desk, they discuss the appeal process for an Indiana high school that refused to fire a same-sex…
Schism; Father James Martin; The Holy Eucharist; Obscure Bible figures, etc.
Sep 20, 2019 • 89 min
On this episode, editors Ed Condon and JD Flynn are joined by Father John Paul Mary, chaplain of EWTN, who’s visiting the CNA office this week from Alabama. They discuss canon law, Archbishop Chaput’s response to Father James Martin, belief in the Real…
German bishops; investigations in Crookston and Buffalo; Pumpkin Spice Lattes; etc.
Sep 13, 2019 • 67 min
CNA Editors Ed Condon, Michelle La Rosa, and Carl Bunderson are your hosts for a discussion of the most important news of the week. Topics include the German bishops’ attempts to influence the upcoming Amazonian synod; the first investigation of a bishop…
The Pope in Africa; JPII institute; Canon law; etc. (feat. CLERICALLY SPEAKING)
Sep 6, 2019 • 67 min
Welcome to the most ambitious Catholic podcast crossover event in history. This week on CNA Editor’s Desk, JD Flynn and Ed Condon are joined by Fr. Harrison Ayre and Fr. Anthony Sciarappa of the podcast “Clerically Speaking.” They discuss Pope Francis’…
Our Lady of Argyle, Texas; controversy in Seattle; bishop transparency
Aug 30, 2019 • 68 min
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon talk about the case of Our Lady of Argyle in Texas; the formal Catholic blessing of a Seattle man before his assisted suicide; and transparency among bishops. JD plays “Yes or No” and “Greater and Lesser.” Shownotes:…
Cardinal George Pell: Who, Where, Why, and What you need to know
Aug 23, 2019 • 72 min
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the recent dismissal of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of his conviction of child sexual abuse, the history and context of the case, and the broader implications going forward. Show notes:…
Protestors at Mass in Portland; Monsignor Rossi investigation; Should we buy Greenland?
Aug 16, 2019 • 65 min
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss and dissect the week’s news. Topics include a group of parishioners in Portland who protested an immigrant priest during Mass; the Diocese of Scranton opening an investigation into the alleged misdeeds of Monsignor…
JD and Ed Take a Drive
Aug 8, 2019 • 64 min
In a scene pulled straight out of “The Muppet Movie,” editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are “moving right along” on a road trip through rural Minnesota. Join us for their discussion about canon law, philosophy, the week’s news and everything in between. This…
JPII Institute; Abortion and the Democratic Primary; and Marriage by Proxy
Aug 2, 2019 • 46 min
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss reactions to changes at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome, the avoidance of abortion at this week’s Democratic debates, and more. Producer Kate Veik joins for a round of ‘Yes/No’. Show notes:…