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."
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.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders on coronavirus testing, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, April 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 27, 2020
The cardinal’s appearance on Fox News follows a weekend during which he praised the president on a conference call with Catholic leaders hosted by the White House.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 24, 2020
Interviews with physicians, public health experts, priests and diocesan leaders all elicited at least one common refrain: Even when public Masses resume, parish life will not feel normal for a while.
Nurse Jessica Juliano receives a chocolate bar from physician liaison Allison Damiano as she arrives to begin her shift on Easter, April 12, 2020, at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 21, 2020
“Some of our individual hospitals are experiencing losses upwards of $1 million to $2 million [per] day, while some of our health systems are reporting revenue losses in the range of $200-$600 million per month.”
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 06, 2020
Catholic Charities leaders say that while the government relief package signed into law on March 27 by President Trump will help meet some of the initial need, much more action is needed for charities to be able to meet the expected demand.
People wearing protective gear wait in line to be tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in the Queens borough of New York City March 25, 2020. (CNS photo/Stefan Jeremiah, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 27, 2020
The roughly 2,500 Catholic hospital chaplains ministering in the United States are integrated into the medical teams at many hospitals, and they are responding to the chaos engendered by the coronavirus crisis in various ways.