Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
Faith Features
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 08, 2019
A new Vatican team supports fitness and the value of being Christian. And they just might make it to the Olympics someday.
 Clerical sex abuse survivors and their supporters rally outside Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome Feb. 21, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 05, 2019
Survivors of abuse and their advocacy organizations had expressed frustration with the lack of specific recommendations at the conclusion of the Vatican summit.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 24, 2019
“To generalize, to look at a whole category of people is never legitimate,” said Archbishop Charles Scicluna, one of the Vatican’s point man in the fight against sex abuse. Homosexuality and heterosexuality are “human conditions,” he said, adding, “they are not something that predisposes to sin.”
Faith Faith in Focus
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 23, 2019
Acknowledging that the church is currently “in a state of crisis and shame,” Sister Veronica Openibo urged church leaders to “acknowledge that our mediocrity, hypocrisy and complacency have brought us to this disgraceful and scandalous place we find ourselves as a church.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 22, 2019
“No bishop may say to himself, ‘The problem of abuse in the church does not concern me because things are different in my part of the world,’” the archbishop of Bombay told bishops gathered in Rome.
Pope Francis leads the opening session of the meeting on the protection of minors. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 21, 2019
Cardinal Tagle urged church leaders not to shy away from acknowledging the pain of victims.
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 14, 2019
The central thesis of the 576-page book is that “the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay.”
Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, pictured in 2017. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) 
Faith Explainer
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 12, 2019
A sentence of laicization—sometimes referred to colloquially as defrocking—would complete a stunning fall from grace for the former cardinal.
From left to right, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Cardinal Joseph Tobin and Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaking about sexual abuse at a Feb. 2-3 meeting in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy: Leadership Roundtable)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 05, 2019
Pope Francis has downplayed expectations about the Feb. 21-24 summit at the Vatican on the sexual abuse crisis, but many hope it is a step toward a system with more accountability.
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Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 24, 2019
Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Ky., wrote that in a newspaper column this week that he was "astonished" that students at the March for Life would be aligned with the "Make America Great Again" movement.