Shannon Mullen

Shannon Mullen

Shannon Mullen is the Editor-in-Chief of CNA. He previously worked as a features writer, investigative reporter, and editor with the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press. He has received numerous national reporting awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Articles by Shannon Mullen

His fellow Democrats want him to resign because he's pro-life, but Aaron Oliver won't budge

Jan 2, 2022 / 07:30 am

Aaron Oliver thinks it's possible to be pro-life and a loyal Democrat. The leaders of his party think otherwise, and want him gone.

Uproar over Chicago Mass: Did this Christmas Eve liturgy go too far?

Dec 30, 2021 / 13:28 pm

Some Catholics believe the live streamed Christmas Eve liturgy at St. Sabina Church in Chicago, which featured a jazz band, dancing around the altar, and Broadway-like lighting effects, crossed the line from worship to entertainment.

Why did Facebook 'kill' charity's petition drive against the forced marriage of Christian women and girls?

Dec 22, 2021 / 12:22 pm

The Aid to the Church in Need UK says it's been de-platformed from Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram without being given a specific explanation.

Live nativity scene (camel included) gives Catholic University students a welcome study break

Dec 12, 2021 / 22:29 pm

On Sunday night, Dec. 12, Delilah the Camel was the B.M.O.C. (Biggest Mammal on Campus) at The Catholic University of America — and the scene-stealing star of this year’s “Greccio,” a popular Advent event that pays homage to St. Francis of Assisi’s first-ever re-enactment of Christ’s birth, in Greccio, Italy, in 1223.

One 'core' issue may decide the Dobbs abortion case. Here's why

Dec 1, 2021 / 15:40 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments about the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 15-week state abortion ban Wednesday, a high-stakes test of the settledness of legalized abortion in a deeply unsettled nation still sharply divided over the right to life.

House passes Build Back Better; bishops raise religious liberty, abortion objections

Nov 19, 2021 / 12:08 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the Build Back Better Act Nov. 19, voting 220-213 to approve nearly $2 trillion in spending for a host of ambitious new domestic programs, including universal pre-kindergarten, increased child care subsidies, and initiatives aimed at shifting the country away from fossil fuels.

Why was Indy chosen for the Eucharistic Congress? The archbishop explains

Nov 18, 2021 / 00:00 am

Half of America lives within a day’s drive of Indianapolis. The U.S. bishops hope up to 100,000 of those people show up in the Circle City three years from now for the first national Eucharistic congress since 1976.

Everything you need to know about the National Eucharistic Congress

Nov 17, 2021 / 16:20 pm

Seeking to rekindle devotion to the Eucharist, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Nov. 17 to launch an ambitious, three-year revival initiative, culminating with a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis in 2024.

USCCB votes to inscribe Mother Teresa in the U.S. Liturgical Calendar

Nov 17, 2021 / 13:41 pm

The U.S. bishops voted to honor Mother Teresa each year in the Liturgical Calendar of the United States.

How did the bishops vote on the Eucharist document?

Nov 17, 2021 / 10:55 am

The U.S. Catholics bishops overwhelmingly voted to approve a new document on the Eucharist Wednesday that highlights the sacrament’s indispensable role in the life of the Church.

Archbishop Gomez: 'The Church exists to evangelize'

Nov 16, 2021 / 12:01 pm

While the Catholic Church’s position in the world has altered, its evangelistic mission “does not change with the culture, or politics, or the spirit of the age,” Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles reminded his fellow bishops Nov. 16 at their fall assembly.

Men's March participants call on bishops to take firm stand against abortion, pro-abortion politicians

Nov 15, 2021 / 17:24 pm

Approximately 200 men and boys from across the country took part in the pro-life Men’s March in Baltimore on Nov. 15, the first day of the U.S. bishops' fall assembly.

Supreme Court hears challenges to Texas abortion ban

Nov 1, 2021 / 14:27 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court spent nearly three hours Monday hearing arguments in a pair of cases challenging Texas’ new abortion ban. Now the justices must decide what action, if any, to take in response to a state law crafted expressly to ward off the court’s intervention.

Indigenous prayers, dancing in San Bernardino Synod Mass spark backlash

Oct 23, 2021 / 11:33 am

The Diocese of San Bernardino says its opening Mass for the Synod on Synodality Oct. 17 sought to celebrate the California diocese’s rich cultural diversity and welcome those on the “periphery” of the Church.

America's return to God after 9/11 didn't last long, priest says

Sep 14, 2021 / 16:19 pm

Father John A. Perricone recalled how his noon Mass at St. Agnes in Manhattan on 9/11 was packed with people, many of them caked in ash from the towers’ collapse. But that initial outpouring of faith soon gave way to America's deepening secularization.

Unvaccinated clergy in Lexington, Kentucky barred from ministering to the sick and homebound elderly

Sep 14, 2021 / 08:10 am

Priests of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may not minister to the sick and elderly who are homebound, Bishop John Stowe has directed. 

Afghan Christian’s plea to CNA: ‘You are my last hope’

Sep 8, 2021 / 15:12 pm

An Afghan Christian's desperate email to CNA triggered a painstaking effort to try to help him escape the Taliban's wrath. But as many aid groups and others have experienced, there have been bureaucratic obstacles at every turn.

Cardinal Burke tweets that his condition is improving

Aug 28, 2021 / 21:38 pm

In a tweet posted Aug. 28, the 73-year-old Cardinal Burke thanked the health care professionals who have cared for him during his hospitalization and the countless people who have offered prayers on his behalf as he recovers from the effects of COVID-19.

Desperate Afghan Christians turned away at airport, aid groups say

Aug 25, 2021 / 14:56 pm

Looming over the deepening humanitarian crisis is a deadline of Friday for civilian evacuation operations at the Kabul airport to give way to the transport of the remaining 5,400 U.S. military personnel in the country in order to meet a target date of Aug. 31, set months ago by the Biden administration, for a complete U.S. withdraw from Afghanistan.