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."
Faith Explainer
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 24, 2020
Speculation that President Trump will name Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has revived interest in her charismatic Catholic group. Michael O’Loughlin looks at the history—and the myths—of People of Praise.
Sixth-graders sit at their desks on the first day of classes of the new academic year at Our Lady of Victory School in Floral Park, N.Y., on Sept. 8. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 22, 2020
With many public schools still in virtual mode, parents are taking a new look at Catholic education. But Michael O’Loughlin reports that the reprieve from declining enrollment may be temporary.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 04, 2020
The Biden campaign launched an effort to convince Catholic voters that Mr. Biden embodies their shared values.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 20, 2020
If Joe Biden wins in November, he will be just the second Catholic elected president.
Politics & Society News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 28, 2020
In recent years, Catholic voters, a once-reliable Democratic constituency, have been up for grabs.
Graduating seniors line up to receive their diplomas after exiting their vehicles during a drive-in commencement on June 14, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 14, 2020
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in most states, school administrators are struggling to decide if classes can be held in person, if remote learning is here to stay for a while or if a hybrid of the two is needed.
Faith News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 10, 2020
It is up to individual Catholics to make the case to church leaders.
(CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters; CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 02, 2020
Broken down between white and Hispanic Catholics, the numbers show a stark divide.
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 23, 2020
Few questions dealt directly with Catholicism, but host Raymond Arroyo did ask the president about a letter written by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.
Activists and supporters block the street outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Oct. 8, 2019, as it hears arguments in three major employment discrimination cases on whether federal civil rights law prohibiting workplace discrimination on the "basis of sex" covers gay and transgender employees. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)
Politics & Society Explainer
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 19, 2020
The short answer is: it is unlikely.