Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 16, 2019
With the House of Representatives expected to vote this week on a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing federal nondiscrimination laws, Catholic leaders find themselves on both sides of the debate.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 09, 2019
“We would have been far more impressed if this new law required church officials to report to police and prosecutors instead. Oversight from external, secular authorities will better protect children and deter cover-ups.”
Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on May 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 01, 2019
Addressed to “the bishops of the Catholic Church,” the 20-page letter was written to “accuse Pope Francis of the canonical delict of heresy, and second, to request that you take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation of a heretical pope.”
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 17, 2019
The story of Chiacgo’s Father Gary Graf illustrates the challenges facing priests who are falsely accused at a time when hundreds of true stories of horrific abuse dominate the news.
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.