Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America and host of the America podcast "Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church."
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit the St. John Paul II National Shrine, in Washington, D.C., on June 2. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 04, 2020
A new P.R.R.I. poll suggests that President Trump is losing ground among white Catholics faster than among other major religious groups, reports Michael J. O’Loughlin.
 Bishop Mark J. Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, kneels at El Paso's Memorial Park holding a Black Lives Matter sign June 1, 2020. Bishop Seitz and other clergy from the Diocese of El Paso, prayed and kneeled for eight minutes, the time George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was said to have spent under a police officer's knee before becoming unconscious and later dying May 25, 2020. (CNS photo/Fernie Ceniceros, courtesy Diocese of El Paso)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 03, 2020
“Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the bishops for their pastoral tone in the church’s response to the demonstrations across the country in their statements and actions since the death of George Floyd.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 02, 2020
Archbishop Gregory: “I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles.”
Terrence Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, reacts at a makeshift memorial at the spot where he was taken into custody in Minneapolis June 1, 2020. Demonstrations continue after a white police officer was caught on a bystander's video May 25 pressing his knee into the neck of George Floyd, an African American, who later died at a hospital. (CNS photo/Lucas Jackson, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 01, 2020
“You can only oppress people so long before things tend to erupt.”
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 27, 2020
Asked if he thinks Communion can be distributed safely, Dr. Fauci said “no,” especially in areas still getting the virus under control.
Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis prays in front of the Blessed Sacrament at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul on March 27. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 21, 2020
Catholic dioceses throughout the United States are making decisions on their own, resulting in a hodgepodge of procedures and protocols.
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore delivers Easter Mass homily in the nearly empty Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Archbishop Lori is among the U.S. church leaders who have released guidelines for reopening parishes. (CNS photo/Kevin Parks, Catholic Review)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 15, 2020
Catholic leaders in several states have announced guidelines for resuming public Mass, reports Michael J. O‘Loughlin, but social-distancing practices are not going away any time soon.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 12, 2020
Among the more than 80,000 Americans and 5,000 Canadians who have died from Covid-19 are many Catholic priests, sisters and brothers.
America Editor-in-Chief Matthew Malone, S.J., speaks with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Facebook live on May 1. Screen capture by America Media.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 01, 2020
”Are we in the sacred enterprise of accompaniment and engagement and dialogue?” the cardinal said. “When you do it, you risk criticism on both sides.”
Photo courtesy Catholic Charities of Chicago
Faith Interviews
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 29, 2020
Sally Blount will lead the agency during a time of economic turmoil that some economists predict could rival the Great Depression.