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Articles by Michael O’Loughlin
Who are the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and why does a real Catholic sister see them as kindred spirits?Views Michael O’Loughlin / May 25, 2023
Critics of drag, of which there have been many in recent years, often fail to appreciate how the artform uses humor to poke fun at those who hold power, especially those who wield that power to hurt marginalized groups.
A gay Catholic hopes a murdered bishop is remembered for his kind words
A gay Catholic hopes a murdered bishop is remembered for his kind wordsNewsViews Michael O’Loughlin / May 23, 2023
“Maybe people will recognize that this man was, I believe, a saint walking among us.”
LGBTQ Catholics hail Pope Francis’ welcome, but hope for changeViews Michael O’Loughlin / March 9, 2023
While many L.G.B.T. Catholics have welcomed Pope Francis’ emphasis on inclusion and welcome, they hope for future changes in policies and rhetoric around L.G.B.T. issues in the church.
How Catholic sisters built community with AIDS patientsViews Michael O’Loughlin / December 2, 2022
In the first few years that Providence House was open, more than 10 residents died each year. By 1996, with new treatments available, that number was down to four.
How Catholic sisters started homes for people with AIDSViews Michael O’Loughlin / November 30, 2022
The Sisters of Providence, a Catholic women’s religious order with a large presence in the northwestern United States, hadn’t necessarily sought to provide housing for people with H.I.V./AIDS in the early days of the crisis—the 1980s.
Jesus, ‘chosen family’ and L.G.B.T. peopleNews Michael O’Loughlin / July 18, 2022
Learning about our historyViews Michael O’Loughlin / May 1, 2022
As a gay reporter covering the Catholic Church, I’m familiar with the many challenges facing LGBT people of faith.