Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 06, 2018
Many described technology as something of a necessary evil.
Central American migrants gather before continuing their journey on March 31 in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. (CNS photo/Jose Jesus Cortes, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 05, 2018
Bishops call the policy dangerous and unwise and urge the administration to be more welcoming to migrants trying to enter the United States.
Cardinal Blase Cupich and young members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Chicago spoke out against gun violence during a Good Friday peace walk on March 30. (Photo: Archdiocese of Chicago.)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 30, 2018
The Good Friday march in Chicago included re-enactments of the Last Supper and Crucifixion, along with a call to action to prevent gun violence.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta said a legislative proposal called the Hidden Predator Act, or H.B. 605, is unfair to the Catholic Church and would be catastrophic to the church's mission. Georgia lawmakers are considering waiving the statutes of limitations for filing civil lawsuits over abuse of young people against nonprofits and businesses, but not government agencies or public schools. (CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The Criterion)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 29, 2018
Catholic leaders say they support abolishing time limits for criminal prosecution and expanding background checks for people who work with children. But they also point to an existing law that protects public institutions from “look back” lawsuits and say that it creates a double standard.
Retired New York Auxiliary Bishop Gerald T. Walsh distributes Communion during a Mass on the March 17 feast of St. Patrick, patron of the Archdiocese of New York, at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 22, 2018
“It is clear that what matters to Pope Francis is the transformation of individuals and communities through their attentive and communal participation in the sacramental mysteries."
The challenge of finding families for homeless youth and for those in group shelters is creating the latest flashpoint over competing civil rights claims. (iStock/bodnarchuk)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 20, 2018
Catholic Social Services refuses to place foster children in homes headed by same-sex couples; the city of Philadelphia says this policy violates a nondiscrimination law.
The question of whether students at Catholic high schools should be cut off from programs that benefit other students is being debated in Vermont and across the nation. (Images: iStock, Wikimedia Commons; Composite: America)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 14, 2018
While the vast majority of Vermont students are eligible for the vouchers, which pay the full cost of up to two college classes, students who attend religious and other private schools are not.
 03.05.2018 Pope Francis greets people during an audience with Italian nurses in Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 3. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 06, 2018
According to a new Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of U.S. Catholics hold a “favorable” view of Pope Francis.
German Cardinal Walter Kasper, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, arrives for the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican in October 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 05, 2018
Cardinal Kasper rejected claims from some Catholics who accuse Pope Francis of undermining church teaching on marriage.
Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl greets young people during a pro-life youth rally and Mass at Capital One Arena in Washington Jan. 19 before the annual March for Life. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 03, 2018
“The rule to follow in all cases,” the reflection says of family ministry, “is the love and mercy of the Lord.”