Voices
Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the Power of our Pride Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. The LGBTQ-focused town hall featured nine 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 11, 2019
The questions focused on how candidates would handle issues affecting L.G.B.T. Americans should they be elected president.
Activists and supporters block the street outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Oct. 8, 2019, as it hears arguments in three major employment discrimination cases on whether federal civil rights law prohibiting workplace discrimination on the "basis of sex" covers gay and transgender employees. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 11, 2019
How faith-based employers could be affected by a ruling in favor of L.G.B.T. employees remains to be seen. More than 20 states and Washington, D.C., have passed job protections for L.G.B.T. people.
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Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 04, 2019
“How do we treat those things which are sacred? We treat them with care, dignity and respect. The church calls us to do that with our mortal remains as well.”
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 23, 2019
In an email sent Monday to the Brebeuf school community, William Verbryke, S.J., the school’s president, wrote, “We have just learned that the Congregation for Catholic Education has decided to suspend the Archbishop’s decree on an interim basis, pending its final resolution of our appeal.”
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 15, 2019
Among the dozens of priests named in new lawsuits is at least one bishop, the Most Rev. Howard Hubbard, who led the Diocese of Albany from 1977 to 2014. He is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a 16-year-old in the 1990s.
Friends, coworkers and family watch as U.S. immigration officials raid the Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 08, 2019
The near-term hardship “won’t hit for a week or two,” Bishop Kopacz said. But “as time goes on this month, there’s going to be some real crises.”
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Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 05, 2019
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School is appealing a decision by Archbishop Charles C. Thompson to strip it of its Catholic name because of its refusal to part ways with a teacher in a same-sex marriage.
A boy rides his bicycle on July 29 after volunteering to paint a mural outside the New Song Community Church in the Sandtown section of Baltimore. In the latest rhetorical shot at lawmakers of color, President Donald Trump over the weekend vilified Rep. Elijah Cummings majority-black Baltimore district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 29, 2019
“It saddens me to see Baltimore severely denigrated by President Trump,” the archbishop said. “Baltimore is near and dear to my heart. It is hometown to more than half a million people.”
Father Pat Conroy. CSPAN capture.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 18, 2019
“This has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to have been at play in the people’s house,” Father Conroy said. “In your most holy name, I now cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber, spirits not from you.”
A man prays on June 15, 2016, in front of photographs of victims of the mass shooting at an L.G.B.T. nightclub in Orlando, Fla., during a vigil at a nearby church. The mass shooting was one of the hate crimes discussed on July 16 at a hearing held by the Helsinki Commission. (CNS photo/Jim Young, Reuters) 
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 16, 2019
Father James Martin was among the religious leaders testifying to members of the Helsinki Commission, which monitors human rights worldwide, about a surge in reported hate crimes.