Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
Photo: the Hank Center at Loyola University Chicago
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 20, 2018
Bishop McElroy said that Catholics must embrace “the virtues of solidarity, compassion, integrity, hope and peace-building.”
Faith Faith in Focus
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 20, 2018
“Rejoice and be glad!” is what Jesus said on the Sermon on the Mount. It is also the title of Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation on holiness in everyday life.
A beading session at Loom Chicago. Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 19, 2018
The report found that Catholic initiatives addressing the refugee crisis are marked by their commitment to a range of Catholic social teaching, including respect for life, a commitment to the common good, care for the earth and promoting the dignity of work.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, N.J., center, talks with Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen, N.J., left, and U.S. Archbishop James P. Green, in Rome in June 2017. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 13, 2018
At Villanova, the Newark archbishop spoke of “paradigm shifts” in the church and said “only the Lord" can judge who belongs among the faithful.
Arts & Culture Television
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 12, 2018
I am reluctant to admit this, but a retired K.G.B. spy has emerged as a moral compass for me.
People take photos on smartphones as Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 12. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 09, 2018
Stop trolling, resist gossiping and consider putting down your device altogether.
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 06, 2018
Many described technology as something of a necessary evil.
Central American migrants gather before continuing their journey on March 31 in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. (CNS photo/Jose Jesus Cortes, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 05, 2018
Bishops call the policy dangerous and unwise and urge the administration to be more welcoming to migrants trying to enter the United States.
Cardinal Blase Cupich and young members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Chicago spoke out against gun violence during a Good Friday peace walk on March 30. (Photo: Archdiocese of Chicago.)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 30, 2018
The Good Friday march in Chicago included re-enactments of the Last Supper and Crucifixion, along with a call to action to prevent gun violence.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta said a legislative proposal called the Hidden Predator Act, or H.B. 605, is unfair to the Catholic Church and would be catastrophic to the church's mission. Georgia lawmakers are considering waiving the statutes of limitations for filing civil lawsuits over abuse of young people against nonprofits and businesses, but not government agencies or public schools. (CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The Criterion)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 29, 2018
Catholic leaders say they support abolishing time limits for criminal prosecution and expanding background checks for people who work with children. But they also point to an existing law that protects public institutions from “look back” lawsuits and say that it creates a double standard.