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Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
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Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 21, 2011
A while back I posted about a program designed to empower Catholic young adults and help to prepare them for leadership roles in the Catholic Church called ESTEEM Today the New York Times column On Religion profiles a student participant and her mentor in a piece called Helping Catholics Remai
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Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 19, 2011
Most Rev Thomas J Tobin Bishop of Providence is urging state lawmakers to defeat civil union legislation in Rhode Island The Providence Journal reports In a statement Tobin said I encourage members of the General Assembly to vote against the civil unions legislation currently being consid
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Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 18, 2011
The torture debate among second-tier GOP hopefuls continues with a surprising choice of words from former Sen Rick Santorum Check out this exchange between radio host Hugh Hewitt and Santorum bold mine HH Now your former colleague John McCain said look there rsquo s no record there rsquo
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Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 15, 2011
There is lots happening surrounding the push for gay marriage in the state of New York and rather than post many entries about the various vantage points and links to interesting stories below is a sort of compendium of the events over the last few weeks nbsp New York State Assemblyman Daniel O
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Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 11, 2011
I wrote the other day about conservative Catholic politicians whose views are at odds with church teachings and asked if church leaders would offer guidance and instruction like they often do to liberal Catholic lawmakers A high-profile example may be emerging with a letter drafted and signed by C
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Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 11, 2011
The governing body of the Presbyterian Church USA voted to adopt language that allows for the ordination of gay men and women to ministry The Los Angeles Times reports A debate that has raged within the Presbyterian Church for more than three decades culminated Tuesday with ratification of a mea
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Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 09, 2011
Would you support water-boarding terror suspects under certain circumstances Fox News Chris Wallace asked those gathered on a stage in South Carolina last week at an event billed as the first Republican presidential primary Raising their hands to signify that they would support water-boarding wer
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Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 04, 2011
Sarah Palin possesses an uncanny ability to make even a somewhat reasonable position on any given issue sound extremist offensive condescending and ignorant at the same time And as the star s shine fades fast her statements - if 140 characters can be called that - become more desperate Conside
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Michael J. O’LoughlinMay 03, 2011
A symbol of Catholic piety comforted at least one person during the tense moments when President Obama and his top advisors watched and waited for news during the operation that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden From the New York Times On Sunday afternoon as the helicopters raced over Pakistani
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Michael J. O’LoughlinApril 29, 2011
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom an independent nonpartisan group released a list of the worst violators of religious freedom around the world and for the first time Egypt was included on this list ldquo CPCs are nations whose conduct marks them as the world rsq