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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.
FaithNews Analysis
Michael J. O’Loughlin
What do you make of a pope who has embraced the L.G.B.T.Q. Catholic community, but who reportedly used a gay slur while reiterating the church’s ban on admitting gay men to seminaries?
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FaithFeatures
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Do Catholic hospitals have to choose between mission and the market?
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A Reflection for Thursday after Ash Wednesday, by Michael J. O’Loughlin
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
The Latin Mass organizers said they wanted to show that, rather than threats to national security, they are instead “liturgy nerds” who are often apolitical.
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A Reflection for Memorial of St. Anthony, Abbot, by Michael J. O’Loughlin
Politics & Society
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Published on Religious Freedom Day, the first annual report from the bishops’ religious liberty committee states that attacks on houses of worship constitute “the largest threat to religious liberty in 2024.”
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Global reaction among bishops to the Vatican’s declaration that priests may now bless same-sex couples appears most divergent in some European and African nations.
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Some Catholics see the Vatican declaration as a step forward for L.G.B.T. people in the church. Others are worried about the possibility of schism.
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Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
The head of the U.S. bishops conference has condemned the killing of two Christian women who had been seeking shelter inside Gaza’s only Catholic church.
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael J. O’Loughlin
A Reflection for the Memorial of St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr, by Michael J. O’Loughlin