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.

Bishops listen to a speaker Nov. 13 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore (CNS photo/Bob Roller). 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 14, 2017
Bishop Richard Malone told bishops that the plan would “encourage a broader reading of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and seek to advance more conversation” around “strengthening marriage and family life.”
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 14, 2017
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann beat Cardinal Blase Cupich, a proponent of the “consistent ethic of life” approach to pro-life issues.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 14, 2017
“We still need water, we still need food, we still need clothing,” Archbishop Roberto González Nieves said
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 13, 2017
The theme of division in the church and in society has been frequently invoked during the bishops’ deliberations this week.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, talks with Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego during a conference on building a world free of nuclear weapons, at the Vatican Nov. 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 13, 2017
Cardinal Parolin’s visit comes at a time when internal divisions among U.S. Catholics have become public.
Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen, N.J., listens to a speaker during last year's fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 10, 2017
Much of the business appears to be routine, though the bishops as a body have been vocal in recent months about a range of political and social issues, as well as internal church politics, that are sure to come up during the meeting.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 09, 2017
The bishops said the tax proposal “appears to be the first federal income tax modification in American history that will raise income taxes on the working poor while simultaneously providing a large tax cut to the wealthy."
Meredith Cooper, of San Antonio, Tex., and her 8-year-old daughter, Heather, visit a memorial of 26 metal crosses near First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., on Nov. 6. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 07, 2017
There are signs that at least among some U.S. Catholic bishops, statements of grief and sorrow are being backed up with pledges to push for legislative action on guns.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 07, 2017
Mr. Colbert’s words called to mind Pope Francis’ critique of the arms industry.
California Gov. Jerry Brown shows a paper during a workshop organized by Vatican on the climate change, at the Casina Pio IV, at the Vatican, Saturday Nov.4, 2017.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 06, 2017
The governor used his visit to Rome to say that the world is facing bigger challenges in addressing climate change than one president.