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Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
In All Things
Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 06, 2011
From The Economist A LINE of Bibles snaking out of the door of the Friends of Israel Biblical Baptist Tabernacle means the afternoon service is about to start The church has been extended three times in ten years to seat over 10 000 people but it is still so busy that the faithful use Bibles
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Michael J. O’LoughlinFebruary 05, 2011
Reflecting a bit on Robert Putnam s warning that churches should resist the urge to act as political power players lest they risk alienating key demographics especially millennials I chuckled a bit to myself when I read two headlines from EWTN s newsfeed yesterday The first article Massachusetts
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Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 31, 2011
Recognizing that it s sometimes easier to focus on what can be improved in the church than to highlight what is working I want to follow my post on the Lost conference with something I experienced at the end of weekend the day after the conference ended A friend I met at Fordham is a lay ecc
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Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 30, 2011
What role does the church play if any to twenty-something Catholics in the United States This was the question that a group of Catholic thinkers writers pastors lay ministers and other church leaders attempted to answer this weekend at a conference held at Fordham University called Lost Twe
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Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 26, 2011
By far the biggest applause during Tuesday s State of the Union speech was in response to a message from the president offering support to American troops serving around the world especially in Iraq and Afghanistan Every person present in the chamber rose to his or her feet and stood clapping
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Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 23, 2011
Over in Books and Culture America s Jake Martin has an excellent review of three worthy tv series 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation both on NBC and The Big Bang Theory on CBS He writes The landscape of television these days is a grim one with little to appeal to a thoughtful reflective audi
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Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 22, 2011
Did you have a chance to listen to Fr Jim Martin s appearance on NPR s The Dianne Rehm Show where he joined Episcopal priest Fr Alberto Cutie to discuss celibacy and the priestly life Cutie is promoting his new book Dilemma parts of which read as a polemic against celibacy and speak of the na
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Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 19, 2011
A Catholic diocese in the United States is offering a twelve-step program for men struggling with same-sex attraction From The Colorado Springs Gazette The Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs is borrowing a page from Alcoholics Anonymous by launching a 12-step program that offers pastoral
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Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 15, 2011
The Archdiocese of Boston released a new non-discrimination policy for Catholic schools last week The Boston Globe reports The Archdiocese of Boston under fire from all sides after a parochial school withdrew an admissions offer to the child of a lesbian couple yesterday released a new Catholi
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Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 11, 2011
The battle over liturgical text translation that heated up last year is but the latest in a long series of acrimonious debate about words and their meanings and implications for different groups of people Something similar happened in the UK nearly 400 years ago From The Guardian Except of cours