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."
America Editor-in-Chief Matthew Malone, S.J., speaks with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Facebook live on May 1. Screen capture by America Media.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 01, 2020
”Are we in the sacred enterprise of accompaniment and engagement and dialogue?” the cardinal said. “When you do it, you risk criticism on both sides.”
Photo courtesy Catholic Charities of Chicago
Faith Interviews
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 29, 2020
Sally Blount will lead the agency during a time of economic turmoil that some economists predict could rival the Great Depression.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders on coronavirus testing, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, April 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 27, 2020
The cardinal’s appearance on Fox News follows a weekend during which he praised the president on a conference call with Catholic leaders hosted by the White House.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 24, 2020
Interviews with physicians, public health experts, priests and diocesan leaders all elicited at least one common refrain: Even when public Masses resume, parish life will not feel normal for a while.
Nurse Jessica Juliano receives a chocolate bar from physician liaison Allison Damiano as she arrives to begin her shift on Easter, April 12, 2020, at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 21, 2020
“Some of our individual hospitals are experiencing losses upwards of $1 million to $2 million [per] day, while some of our health systems are reporting revenue losses in the range of $200-$600 million per month.”
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 06, 2020
Catholic Charities leaders say that while the government relief package signed into law on March 27 by President Trump will help meet some of the initial need, much more action is needed for charities to be able to meet the expected demand.
People wearing protective gear wait in line to be tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in the Queens borough of New York City March 25, 2020. (CNS photo/Stefan Jeremiah, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 27, 2020
The roughly 2,500 Catholic hospital chaplains ministering in the United States are integrated into the medical teams at many hospitals, and they are responding to the chaos engendered by the coronavirus crisis in various ways.
A woman reads a prayer book in the sanctuary of St. Mary Church in Appleton, Wis., on March 18,. Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay announced on March 17 that all public Masses in the diocese are suspended for the next four to eight weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Brad Birkholz)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 20, 2020
Online donations may not be enough to compensate for the lack of a weekly collection plate in U.S. dioceses, writes Michael J, O'Loughlin, and Catholic charitable organizations are also being affected.
A sign outside of St. Matthew Church in Allouez, Wis., March 13, 2020, reminds people how to take care during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinMarch 16, 2020
Medically, the afflictions are quite different, and AIDS in the early days appears to have been much deadlier than Covid-19 today. Socially, the stigma that affected early cases of H.I.V. and AIDS is largely absent today.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden meets with attendees during a campaign event, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 27, 2020
The only Democratic candidate whom a majority of poll respondents viewed as very or somewhat religious is former Vice President Joe Biden, who appeared at public events on Ash Wednesday with ashes on his forehead.