Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
The question of whether students at Catholic high schools should be cut off from programs that benefit other students is being debated in Vermont and across the nation. (Images: iStock, Wikimedia Commons; Composite: America)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 14, 2018
While the vast majority of Vermont students are eligible for the vouchers, which pay the full cost of up to two college classes, students who attend religious and other private schools are not.
 03.05.2018  Pope Francis greets people during an audience with Italian nurses in Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 3. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 06, 2018
According to a new Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of U.S. Catholics hold a “favorable” view of Pope Francis.
German Cardinal Walter Kasper, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, arrives for the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican in October 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 05, 2018
Cardinal Kasper rejected claims from some Catholics who accuse Pope Francis of undermining church teaching on marriage.
Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl greets young people during a pro-life youth rally and Mass at Capital One Arena in Washington Jan. 19 before the annual March for Life. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 03, 2018
“The rule to follow in all cases,” the reflection says of family ministry, “is the love and mercy of the Lord.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 28, 2018
“The youth of our nation are shaming the adult world into action.”
Faith Last Take
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 27, 2018
By adopting an attitude free of judging others, the pope argues, the world will be a more peaceful place.
Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, is pictured at the Vatican in this Oct. 9, 2012, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 23, 2018
Cardinal Sarah questions why Catholics stand—rather than kneel—and receive Communion in the hand.
A student lights a candle in front of the North Carolina Capitol in Raleigh on Feb. 20 in memory of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The students were calling for safer gun laws after 17 people were killed when 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz stormed the Parkland school on Feb. 14 with an AR-15 semi-automatic style weapon. (CNS photo/Jonathan Drake, Reuters)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 21, 2018
If Catholic leaders seriously want to push gun control legislation, what might a concerted campaign look like?
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 13, 2018
As same-sex marriage becomes more mainstream, the church holds the line on L.G.B.T. issues.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 09, 2018
Pope Francis has encouraged church leaders to accept “a healthy dose of self-criticism.”