Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
Pope Francis leads the opening session of the meeting on the protection of minors. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 21, 2019
Cardinal Tagle urged church leaders not to shy away from acknowledging the pain of victims.
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 14, 2019
The central thesis of the 576-page book is that “the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay.”
Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, pictured in 2017. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) 
Faith Explainer
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 12, 2019
A sentence of laicization—sometimes referred to colloquially as defrocking—would complete a stunning fall from grace for the former cardinal.
From left to right, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Cardinal Joseph Tobin and Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaking about sexual abuse at a Feb. 2-3 meeting in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy: Leadership Roundtable)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 05, 2019
Pope Francis has downplayed expectations about the Feb. 21-24 summit at the Vatican on the sexual abuse crisis, but many hope it is a step toward a system with more accountability.
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Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 24, 2019
Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Ky., wrote that in a newspaper column this week that he was "astonished" that students at the March for Life would be aligned with the "Make America Great Again" movement.
An extraordinary minister of the holy Eucharist distributes Communion during Mass at Transfiguration Church in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Faith News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 22, 2019
According to a report released by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University on Jan. 22, just 33 percent of bishops in the United States think the church “should” ordain women as deacons.
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Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 15, 2019
Included on the list is John T. Ryan, S.J., who from 1989 to 1994 was an associate editor for development at America.
GoodLands founder Molly Burhans aims “to help Catholic communities around the world use their property for good.” (Photo and map images courtesy of GoodLands.)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 11, 2019
An American entrepreneur is teaching both the Vatican and local parishes about modern cartography—and how it can help responsible management of the church’s vast real estate portfolio.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 09, 2019
Politicians, educators and social justice leaders are remembering Charles Currie, S.J., whose passion for seeking justice in Central America made him a trusted adviser in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat from New York, takes a selfie with Democratic Representatives Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire and Barbara Lee of California on the first day of the 116th Congress on Jan. 3. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is one of 28 new Catholic members of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 03, 2019
Catholics make up majorities of congressional delegations from six states—Alaska, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont—and half of the delegations from Iowa, New Jersey and Rhode Island.