Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
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.
In this June 9, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 02, 2019
Senator Chris Coons said Democrats choosing to ignore faith “hides away the deep, passionate and formative faith backgrounds of so many Democrats.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 28, 2019
During the debates, there was not much overt outreach to people of faith, with one exception: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.
Arts & Culture Television
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 21, 2019
On the Season Two premiere of “Pose,” the FX drama about a group of L.G.B.T. people of color living on the margins of New York City in the 1980s and ’90s, activists are shown protesting inside New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, IN. (KimManleyOrt, Creative Commons)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 20, 2019
An Indianapolis Jesuit high school is standing by a teacher after the employee’s same-sex marriage became public.
A couple embraces outside the Stonewall Inn in New York on June 12, 2016. An L.G.B.T. ministry plans to hold a Mass on June 27 outside the bar considered the birthplace of the L.G.B.T. civil rights movement. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 19, 2019
A Mass outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City is one way that L.G.B.T. Catholics are celebrating Pride Month and offering support to those who want to remain in, or rejoin, the church.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 13, 2019
While the new protocols are designed to include laypeople at every stage of an investigation, lay reform groups and victim advocates say they are unsatisfied, as the new rules stop just short of requiring such involvement.
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 13, 2019
This week’s social media engagement was an experiment, but Connie Poulos said she feels like it has been a success.
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 11, 2019
The possibility that bishops would have the option of handling claims of misconduct or mismanagement without the involvement of laypeople troubled the head of the church’s highest sexual abuse commission.