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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.”
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Michael J. O’Loughlin
What does a leader do with an unexpected second act?
FaithFaith in Focus
Michael J. O’Loughlin
For gay Catholics who remember the dark days of the AIDS epidemic, when their friends and partners were shunned by families and church leaders, the pope’s words may strike a strong emotional chord.
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinRicardo da Silva, S.J.
“It definitely will save lives, especially in countries where there is active persecution of L.G.B.T.Q. people.”
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Gay couples deserve legal protections for their relationships, Pope Francis said in a new documentary.
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Sister Campbell, the social justice activist made famous by headlining “Nuns on the Bus” tours, announced she will step down from her post leading Network Lobby this March.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Just three weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. leads among Catholic voters in the United States.
FaithInterviews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
More than a few people struggled with uncharitable feelings about the president’s illness. How should Christians deal with schadenfreude?
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, are seen in this composite photo. (CNS composite/photos by Jonathan Ernst and Brian Snyder, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Though the fundraising dinner normally serves as an opportunity for candidates to employ self-deprecating humor and take a break from the intensity of campaigning, both Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden refrained from jokes this year.
FaithExplainer
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Speculation that President Trump will name Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has revived interest in her charismatic Catholic group. Michael O’Loughlin looks at the history—and the myths—of People of Praise.
Sixth-graders sit at their desks on the first day of classes of the new academic year at Our Lady of Victory School in Floral Park, N.Y., on Sept. 8. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
With many public schools still in virtual mode, parents are taking a new look at Catholic education. But Michael O’Loughlin reports that the reprieve from declining enrollment may be temporary.