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Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
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Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 22, 2018
“People don’t want finessed press releases. They want to name their betrayal out loud, in public, in sacred space.”
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington is pictured as Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Washington Sept. 23, 2015. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 16, 2018
“Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror.”
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 14, 2018
The state’s attorney general said that his office’s two-year investigation identified 301 priests who abused children and more than 1,000 victims.
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago listens Aug. 2 during a panel discussion on the death penalty in Chicago. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic) 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 07, 2018
It appears “there was somebody [who] dropped the ball.”
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 06, 2018
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger said, “we have reached a point where bishops alone investigating bishops is not the answer.”
Father Chris Ponnet, chaplain at the St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care in Los Angeles, speaks during a rally protesting the death penalty in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 25, 2017. (CNS photo/Andrew Cullen, Reuters) 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 03, 2018
Pope Francis has revised the church’s catechism to state that the death penalty is no longer admissible.
A woman holds a sign in protest while praying as Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, celebrates Mass on July 25 at the cathedral in Santiago. The Chilean prosecutor's office has issued a subpoena to Cardinal Ezzati regarding his role in the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by clergy members. (CNS photo/Ivan Alvarado, Reuters) 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 01, 2018
“We join with all those demanding the end of a culture that ignores or tolerates sexual abuse of Catholic sisters or any other adult or minor perpetrated by those in positions of trust in the church community.”
Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa. (2014 CNS file photo)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 01, 2018
“Anyone accused of sexual misconduct will have his name removed from any place of honor.”
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 31, 2018
Some experts believe that while many seminaries have established policies to protect adults studying to be priests and members of religious communities, seminary culture sometimes remains an obstacle to protecting them from predatory behavior.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 30, 2018
When allegations first surfaced regarding then-Cardinal McCarrick last month, some church officials called for new regulations and policies that apply to charges of misconduct and mismanagement against bishops. But in his letter, Bishop Scharfenberger said such changes alone will not be enough to