Michael J. O'Loughlin, Washington Post

Michael J. O'Loughlin

Washington Post

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent:
  • Washington Post
  • America Magazine
Past:
  • The Daily Beast
  • WBUR
  • The New Republic
  • Crux
  • The Advocate
  • HuffPost

Recent articles by Michael:

How the AIDS epidemic turned a Catholic priest into an art activist

The Rev. William Hart McNichols's images were hugely responsible for associating St. Aloysius Gonzaga to HIV → Read More

U.S. bishops: ‘The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority.’

U.S. bishops: “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself.... At the same time, we cannot dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty and the death penalty.” → Read More

U.S. bishops debate how to integrate Pope Francis’ broader pro-life focus

Proposed changes to a bishops’ letter introducing “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” reveal concerns that segments of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are not fully on board with Francis’ now six-year-old papacy. → Read More

Bishops meeting to discuss new leadership, U.S. politics and sex abuse crisis

The bishops will elect new leaders, consider new language about Catholics engaging in politics and hear an update about sex abuse accountability procedures adopted earlier this year. → Read More

Cardinal Dolan: I would not have denied Joe Biden Communion

While saying the priest who denied Joseph R. Biden communion "had a good point," Cardinal Timothy Dolan said he would not have done so himself. → Read More

Democratic presidential candidates talk faith at CNN Equality Town Hall

The questions focused on how candidates would handle issues affecting L.G.B.T. Americans should they be elected president. → Read More

Supreme Court decision on L.G.B.T. discrimination sets up religious liberty clash

How faith-based employers could be affected by a ruling in favor of L.G.B.T. employees remains to be seen. More than 20 states and Washington, D.C., have passed job protections for L.G.B.T. people. → Read More

A Catholic Cemetery Convention? Why focusing on ‘deathcare’ matters

“How do we treat those things which are sacred? We treat them with care, dignity and respect. The church calls us to do that with our mortal remains as well.” → Read More

Cemeterians gather at Chicago convention to talk ‘deathcare’

“How do we treat those things which are sacred? We treat them with care, dignity and respect. The church calls us to do that with our mortal remains as well.” → Read More

Sanctions against Brebuef Jesuit suspended as appeal process continues at Vatican

In an email sent Monday to the Brebeuf school community, William Verbryke, S.J., the school’s president, wrote, “We have just learned that the Congregation for Catholic Education has decided to suspend the Archbishop’s decree on an interim basis, pending its final resolution of our appeal.” → Read More

Former Albany bishop named among child abuse lawsuits as N.Y. ‘look back’ laws kick in

Among the dozens of priests named in new lawsuits is at least one bishop, the Most Rev. Howard Hubbard, who led the Diocese of Albany from 1977 to 2014. He is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a 16-year-old in the 1990s. → Read More

Indianapolis archbishop: Jesuit high school cannot hold schoolwide Masses

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School is appealing a decision by Archbishop Charles C. Thompson to strip it of its Catholic name because of its refusal to part ways with a teacher in a same-sex marriage. → Read More

Baltimore’s Archbishop Lori pushes back against Trump Twitter rant

“It saddens me to see Baltimore severely denigrated by President Trump,” the archbishop said. “Baltimore is near and dear to my heart. It is hometown to more than half a million people.” → Read More

Jesuit House chaplain prays to expel ‘darker spirits’ from the U.S. Capitol

“This has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to have been at play in the people’s house,” Father Conroy said. “In your most holy name, I now cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber, spirits not from you.” → Read More

Religious leaders including James Martin, S.J., testify on global rise of hate crimes

Father James Martin was among the religious leaders testifying to members of the Helsinki Commission, which monitors human rights worldwide, about a surge in reported hate crimes. → Read More

Democrats continue to debate role of faith in 2020 campaign

Senator Chris Coons said Democrats choosing to ignore faith “hides away the deep, passionate and formative faith backgrounds of so many Democrats.” → Read More

Signs emerge 2020 Democrats may court faith voters

During the debates, there was not much overt outreach to people of faith, with one exception: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. → Read More

‘Pose’ revisits controversial AIDS protest inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral

On the Season Two premiere of “Pose,” the FX drama about a group of L.G.B.T. people of color living on the margins of New York City in the 1980s and ’90s, activists are shown protesting inside New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. → Read More

Archdiocese pulls ‘Catholic’ label from Jesuit school for refusing to fire teacher in same-sex marriage

An Indianapolis Jesuit high school is standing by a teacher after the employee’s same-sex marriage became public. → Read More

How L.G.B.T Catholics are celebrating Pride Month

A Mass outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City is one way that L.G.B.T. Catholics are celebrating Pride Month and offering support to those who want to remain in, or rejoin, the church. → Read More