Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 16, 2018
Though the current synod appears to lack the sort of drama and high-stakes debates of the previous two, the role of conscience appears to be a common thread.
Arts & Culture Theater
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 12, 2018
"Downstate" poses a number of uncomfortable questions, relevant and challenging both in light of the ongoing #MeToo movement and the church’s continued grappling with its sexual abuse scandal.
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 10, 2018
While Cardinal O’Malley is perhaps the highest-ranking church official charged with examining how the church handles allegations of sexual abuse, he does not have jurisdiction over other bishops and the commission he leads does not investigate specific claims.
Pope Francis creates new cardinals during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on June 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 03, 2018
Calling itself Better Church Governance, the group plans to enlist former F.B.I. agents to investigate cardinals on how they handled allegations of sexual abuse and whether they have remained faithful to their vows.
Father Burke Masters, Chicago Cubs' chaplain, takes part in a practice with players during spring training in March 2016 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz. Cubs Manager Joe Maddon invited Father Masters to practice with the team. (CNS photo/Ed Mailliard, courtesy Topps)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 25, 2018
While Father Masters enjoys the perks of being a baseball chaplain—watching games when he has the time and even taking batting practice with the pros—he sees his job as a form of ministry.
Pope Francis leads a meeting with young people in Palermo, Sicily, Sept. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 18, 2018
Even after revelations about sexual abuse in the church, 79 percent of U.S. Catholics—but only 53 percent of all Americans—hold a favorable view of Pope Francis, according to a Gallup poll.
Pope Francis meets with officials representing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Vatican Sept. 13. At left is Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, general secretary of the conference, and Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 14, 2018
Cardinal Wuerl seeks to resign, the pope announces a global summit, New York’s attorney general opens new investigations and other developments in the sexual abuse crisis.
Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington during a meeting with U.S. bishops in the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington Sept. 23, 2015. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 11, 2018
While he has defended his record, arguing that he removed priests accused of sexual abuse of minors from ministry in Pittsburgh, the cardinal has previously acknowledged that in other cases, he came up short.
Pope Francis gives the homily as he celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, at the Vatican on Sept. 11. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 11, 2018
Pope Francis will meet with three U.S. archbishops on Thursday, Sept. 13, as the church continues to grapple with fallout from sexual abuse scandals.
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 04, 2018
The board wants to close a loophole in church policy that critics say fails to hold bishops accountable when it comes to sexual abuse allegations.