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.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. walks from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, as he steers the Senate toward a crucial vote on the Republican health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJuly 25, 2017
Republican proposals “exclude too many people, including immigrants,” Bishop Frank J. Dewane said in a statement.
A demonstration for affordable health care in New York City on July 13. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate July 21 to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement. (CNS photo/Andrew Gombert, EPA)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O'LoughlinJuly 25, 2017
The sisters say that they are “most troubled by the cuts it would make to Medicaid by ending the Medicaid expansion and instituting a per capita cap [on spending].”
Callista Gingrich at a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on July 18. Gingrich was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Her husband is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O'LoughlinJuly 18, 2017
On issues that have become hallmarks of the Francis papacy, notably care of creation and the global refugee crisis, Mrs. Gingrich had difficulty explaining how she might engage the Vatican, given Mr. Trump’s views.
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago at a press conference in Chicago on April 4. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJuly 18, 2017
"I think that the terms gay and lesbian, L.G.BT. should be respected.... People should be called the way that they want to be called rather than us coming up with terms that maybe we’re more comfortable with.”
Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, touches the hands of people in Mexico through a border fence following Mass in Sunland Park, N.M., in this 2014 file photo. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJuly 18, 2017
“Our border community knows the reality of a broken immigration system."
John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, speaks during a 23-hour prayer vigil June 29 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The vigil focused on preserving Medicaid and was organized after the Senate delayed a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, its health care reform bill. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O'LoughlinJuly 13, 2017
The Catholic Health Association, meanwhile, said the revisions to the proposal “reinforces the fact that this bill cannot be fixed.”
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJuly 13, 2017
Catholic bishops there are grappling with a difficult question: Should those who end their lives with the assistance of medication be given a Catholic funeral?
Faith Features
Michael J. O'LoughlinJuly 12, 2017
As technology allows bodies to live longer than ever before, palliative care could playing an increasingly important role in end-of-life decisions.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 29, 2017
Some 160 bishops and 200 Catholic organizations will gather in Orlando to consider how the U.S. church can better promote the Gospel.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 27, 2017
This is the 70th year the event has been held, modeled on similar blessings back in Portugal.