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Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America and host of the America podcast “Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church.”
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
On Sunday, Father Jan Korditschke will hold a ceremony at a Jesuit parish in Berlin for any couple, gay or straight, who seeks a blessing from the church.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
As President Biden marks 100 days in office on Thursday, leaders of Catholic organizations say that they are grateful for signs of progress but caution that more is needed to fulfill campaign promises.
Arts & CultureDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
The documentary, produced by Martin Scorsese, follows Father James Martin and his ministry to L.G.B.T. Catholics.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
At first glance, a White House proposal aimed at improving infrastructure and creating jobs might not seem like a natural topic of discussion for Catholic leaders. But the American Jobs Plan has some theologians and activists hopeful.
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Dorothy Day may be under consideration for sainthood, but should that not pan out, at least a new Staten Island Ferry will soon bear her name.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
The U.S. bishops’ conference has made defeating the Equality Act a priority, citing concerns over religious freedom.
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
L.G.B.T. Catholics and their allies are reacting with dismay to a statement released Monday by the Vatican prohibiting priests from blessing same-sex unions, in which church officials assert that God “does not and cannot bless sin.”
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
“The internet is awash in rogue priests, bishops and bloggers presenting incorrect moral teaching,” Bishop Joseph Tyson told America. He wants Catholics to know they should not have moral qualms about receiving any vaccine.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Recent statements from the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the U.S. bishops’ conference say Catholics should not take the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine if other options are available. But some Catholic ethicists and theologians say such messages are unhelpful in the face of this ongoing crisis.
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A consortium of Catholic foundations is using its collective giving-power to push for stronger safeguarding measures aimed at protecting children and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse, misconduct and harassment.