Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
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.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., shakes hands with Alabama State Sen. Henry Sanders at the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala., on March 19. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 25, 2019
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., responded to a question about his religious views by talking about his own faith and what he sees as a distortion of Christianity among U.S. conservatives.
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 20, 2019
The attorney general of West Virginia has brought a civil suit against the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and its former bishop, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 18, 2019
The latest survey, conducted in January, found that 44 percent of white Catholics approve of President Trump’s job performance.
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.