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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.
people standing around a large pride flag of many colors in belgium in may 2018
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Belgian bishops have created a prayer liturgy for same-sex couples, which cites Pope Francis' "The Joy of Love," and states that same-sex relationships can be a source of joy.
the white house and lawn with yellow leaves on the grass, a large red ribbon hangs in a loop shape to memorialize world aids day in december
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A federal judge has ruled that employers need not provide insurance that covers PrEP on religious grounds. Catholic ethicists say that PrEP is morally acceptable, especially for at-risk patients.
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Indigenous groups have pressured Catholic leaders to denounce a series of papal bulls dating back to the 15th century that granted the monarchs of Portugal and Spain the right to colonize non-Christian lands.
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Pope Francis highlighted the late queen’s “example of devotion to duty, her steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ and her firm hope in his promises.”
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FaithNews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Several Catholic school districts throughout the United States are grappling with changes around gender identity, and in some systems, students and staff are now subject to new policies about gender.
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A Reflection for Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time, by Michael J. O'Loughlin
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
“Rather than describing clericalism as an individual reality—a problem of ‘bad apples’—this study maps clericalism as a structural reality shaped by the interaction of three forces: sex, gender, and power,” the authors write.
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A group of U.S. House representatives wrote to President Biden this week, urging his administration to work with the Mexican government in apprehending the murderer of Fathers Javier Campos and Joaquin Mora.
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Pope Francis, 85, and U.S. President Joseph Biden, 79, have engaged questions about their age and capacity to lead differently, offering clues about their leadership styles and priorities.
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A Reflection for Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time, by Michael O’Loughlin