Michael J. O'Loughlin, America Magazine

Michael J. O'Loughlin

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Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Michael:

What does the Supreme Court ruling mean for L.G.B.T. employees at Catholic institutions?

It is up to individual Catholics to make the case to church leaders. → Read More

Poll: Trump trails Biden among Catholic voters (but keeps his lead with white Catholics)

Broken down between white and Hispanic Catholics, the numbers show a stark divide. → Read More

In an interview with EWTN, Trump hails ‘tremendous letter of support from the Catholic Church’

The interview comes as the president’s re-election campaign courts Catholic and other Christian voters ahead of the November election and in the wake of a recent poll that suggested a drop in support for the president among white Catholics. → Read More

Are L.G.B.T. employees at Catholic institutions protected by the new SCOTUS ruling?

The short answer is: it is unlikely. → Read More

President Trump tweeted about Archbishop Viganò. So, who is he?

The views put forth by Archbishop Viganò in his letter to the president are far outside the mainstream of U.S. and global Catholicism. → Read More

Fordham’s Bryan Massingale: White Catholics need to sit with the discomfort of systemic racism

“Let it be agonizing, let it be overwhelming because frankly it’s agonizing for me, too. It’s overwhelming for me, too,” Father Bryan Massingale said. → Read More

Survey: Support for Trump dips among white Catholics amid pandemic and protests

A new P.R.R.I. poll suggests that President Trump is losing ground among white Catholics faster than among other major religious groups, reports Michael J. O’Loughlin. → Read More

Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory calls Trump’s visit to John Paul II Shrine ‘reprehensible’

Archbishop Gregory: “I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles.” → Read More

‘The ink has run dry on writing statements.’ Black Catholics call for action in wake of George Floyd’s killing

“You can only oppress people so long before things tend to erupt.” → Read More

When is church coming back? With no national guidelines, look for a hodgepodge of procedures.

Catholic dioceses throughout the United States are making decisions on their own, resulting in a hodgepodge of procedures and protocols. → Read More

U.S. Catholic dioceses release plans for reopening churches

Catholic leaders in several states have announced guidelines for resuming public Mass, reports Michael J. O‘Loughlin, but social-distancing practices are not going away any time soon. → Read More

A look at the lives of priests and women religious lost to the coronavirus

Among the more than 80,000 Americans and 5,000 Canadians who have died from Covid-19 are many Catholic priests, sisters and brothers. → Read More

Cardinal Dolan defends comments about Trump, argues he has critics on both sides

”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.” → Read More

New Chicago Catholic Charities head: Economic crisis from coronavirus will last a decade

Sally Blount will lead the agency during a time of economic turmoil that some economists predict could rival the Great Depression. → Read More

Catholic parish life (as we knew it) is not coming back anytime soon.

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. → Read More

Overwhelmed by coronavirus, Catholic hospitals ask for more government assistance

“Some of our individual hospitals are experiencing losses upwards of $1 million to $2 million day, while some of our health systems are reporting revenue losses in the range of $200-$600 million per month.” → Read More

Catholic Charities: Nonprofits need more government aid to respond to coronavirus economic fallout

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. → Read More

What it’s like to be a hospital chaplain during Covid-19

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. → Read More

With Masses suspended, parishes face collection shortfalls and perilous finances

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. → Read More

Facing the fear: How Covid-19 and H.I.V./AIDS responses compare

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. → Read More