Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 11, 2018
“I hope to share ‘best practices’ from parishes that have successfully reached out to the L.G.B.T. Catholic community,” Father Martin told America.
Sister Teresa Maya, a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speak at the "Overcoming Polarization" conference at Georgetown University in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 08, 2018
A conference on “Overcoming Polarization Through Catholic Social Thought” focused on achieving civil discourse in the church and in U.S. society.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 07, 2018
Baltimore is not the first Catholic diocese in the United States to allow weddings outside of churches, but it is still very rare.
Bishop Robert P. Deeley of Portland, Maine, pictured in a 2012 photo (CNS photo/G regory L. Tracy, The Pilot). 
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 01, 2018
“Our continuing participation could result in me advocating for two different, and even contradictory, positions,” Bishop Deeley wrote.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 30, 2018
A new study from The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the actual number of people who died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria is close to 5,000.
Chilean clerical sex abuse survivors Juan Carlos Cruz and James Hamilton attend a news conference at the Foreign Press Association building in Rome May 2. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 22, 2018
“I saw someone who was caring for someone, not worrying about if we are gay, straight, brown, white.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 18, 2018
Bishops in Chile announced mass resignations on Friday, May 18, after an emergency summit meeting with Pope Francis.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 17, 2018
Advocates of programs to support non-public schools say that they are implemented at the state level within existing agencies and question the claim by Ms. DeVos that a federal law would lead to more bureaucracy.
Loyola University New Orleans is one of several Catholic colleges facing what they hope are temporary budgetary challenges. (iStock/Gregory Kurpiel)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 16, 2018
All colleges face budget challenges, but Catholic schools must also contend with marketing to an increasingly secular applicant pool.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 03, 2018
Patrick Conroy, S.J., the chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives has sent a letter to Mr. Ryan withdrawing his resignation