Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
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.
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory concelebrates Mass during the Catholic convocation in Orlando, Fla., in this July 2, 2017, file photo. On April 4, 2019, Pope Francis named Archbishop Gregory to head the Archdiocese of Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 04, 2019
Archbishop Gregory has been outspoken in denouncing racism and in advocating for the pope’s pastoral vision, he is perhaps most known for his role heading the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in the early 2000s.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 02, 2019
Dismayed by the negative messages L.G.B.T. Catholics often face regarding their place in the church, Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon decided to take action.