Voices

Michael O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America and author of  The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 CharactersHe is based in Chicago.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago speaks Nov. 13 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 17, 2017
Cardinal Bernardin’s consistent ethic of life could be helpful as the church grapples with issues like migration, health care and even taxes, some bishops say.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., points to boxes of petitions supporting the Republican tax reform bill that is set for a vote later this week as he arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 15, 2017
“No tax reform proposal is acceptable that increases taxes for those living in poverty to help pay for benefits for wealthy citizens.”
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Arts & Culture Books
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 15, 2017
When it comes to defining what makes Catholicism hipster, a new book argues that being Catholic is hipster in itself.
Bishops listen to a speaker Nov. 13 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore (CNS photo/Bob Roller). 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 14, 2017
Bishop Richard Malone told bishops that the plan would “encourage a broader reading of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and seek to advance more conversation” around “strengthening marriage and family life.”
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 14, 2017
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann beat Cardinal Blase Cupich, a proponent of the “consistent ethic of life” approach to pro-life issues.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 14, 2017
“We still need water, we still need food, we still need clothing,” Archbishop Roberto González Nieves said
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 13, 2017
The theme of division in the church and in society has been frequently invoked during the bishops’ deliberations this week.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, talks with Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego during a conference on building a world free of nuclear weapons, at the Vatican Nov. 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 13, 2017
Cardinal Parolin’s visit comes at a time when internal divisions among U.S. Catholics have become public.
Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen, N.J., listens to a speaker during last year's fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 10, 2017
Much of the business appears to be routine, though the bishops as a body have been vocal in recent months about a range of political and social issues, as well as internal church politics, that are sure to come up during the meeting.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 09, 2017
The bishops said the tax proposal “appears to be the first federal income tax modification in American history that will raise income taxes on the working poor while simultaneously providing a large tax cut to the wealthy."