Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, left, speaks during a Feb. 1, 2019, panel discussion at the Leadership Roundtable's Catholic Partnership Summit in Washington to put forth possible solutions to the church's sex abuse crisis.  (CNS photo/Ralph Alswang, courtesy Leadership Roundtable) 
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 11, 2019
A poll released Tuesday found that 69 percent of U.S. Catholics believe the clergy sexual abuse scandal is “an ongoing problem.”
Sister Carol Keehan: “The health insecurity we have created for people in this country is just overwhelming.” (CNS photo/Lisa Helfert, Georgetown University, 2015)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 06, 2019
After 14 years at the helm of the Catholic Health Association, Sister Carol Keehan is ready to let others lead—but she still has strong opinions about the importance of Catholic hospitals and the state of U.S. health care.
Faith Faith in Focus
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 31, 2019
Many stories of ordinary people responding to suffering in extraordinary fashion have not yet been captured in forms that will last.
Arts & Culture Books
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 31, 2019
A new memoir by Elaine Pagels plumbs some of the deepest questions about what it means to be human and how ritual and faith can help make sense of the unfathomable.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral, in Quebec City, during celebrations on Dec. 12, 2015, for the Jubilee of Mercy (CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 30, 2019
In the survey conducted online in early May and just published by the British Columbia-based Angus Reid Institute, 78 percent of all Canadians (including non-Catholics) gave the church a poor grade.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 23, 2019
While Mr. Tennes’s attorneys argued that their client was being targeted because of his religious beliefs, Mr. Bogren said that discrimination against same-sex couples is not protected by religious liberty statutes. He compared discrimination against gay people to prejudice against racial
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 16, 2019
With the House of Representatives expected to vote this week on a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing federal nondiscrimination laws, Catholic leaders find themselves on both sides of the debate.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 09, 2019
“We would have been far more impressed if this new law required church officials to report to police and prosecutors instead. Oversight from external, secular authorities will better protect children and deter cover-ups.”
Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on May 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 01, 2019
Addressed to “the bishops of the Catholic Church,” the 20-page letter was written to “accuse Pope Francis of the canonical delict of heresy, and second, to request that you take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation of a heretical pope.”
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 17, 2019
The story of Chiacgo’s Father Gary Graf illustrates the challenges facing priests who are falsely accused at a time when hundreds of true stories of horrific abuse dominate the news.