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Michael J. O’Loughlin is national correspondent at America and author of Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear.
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stands in front on the U.S. Capitol
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi cited the Gospel of Matthew as the motivation for her focus on social justice issues and said that U.S. bishops have focused too narrowly on abortion at the expense of other societal challenges.
FaithInterviews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
In a wide-ranging interview with America, Cardinal Blase Cupich reflected on what Pope Francis has accomplished so far, describing the Francis era as “a historic papacy” that comes at “a watershed moment” for the church.
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A Reflection for Monday of the Third Week of Lent, by Michael J. O’Loughlin
FaithNews Analysis
Michael J. O’Loughlin
While many L.G.B.T. Catholics have welcomed Pope Francis' emphasis on inclusion and welcome, they hope for future changes in policies and rhetoric around L.G.B.T. issues in the church.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinChristopher Parker
Two former F.B.I. agents who went on to hold leadership roles in the church say a memo characterizing traditionalist Catholics as possible domestic threats is a troubling example of the bureau not following its own guidelines.
Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David G. O'Connell is pictured during a Nov. 17, 2021, session of the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. According to local news reports, he was fatally shot Feb. 18, 2023.He was 69.(OSV News photo/Bob Roller)
FaithNews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Bishop David O’Connell, an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles known for his advocacy for peace, was shot and killed Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A Reflection for Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, by Michael J. O’Loughlin
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Michael J. O’Loughlin
In addition to the critique of Cardinal McElroy’s focus on welcome and inclusion, critics are also reacting to the process through which that could happen: the ongoing synod of bishops.
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
The pope and Cardinal McElroy both made statements this week on L.G.B.T. issues, which have until recently not been discussed by church officials.
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A Reflection for Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, by Michael O’Loughlin