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My Catholic faith was enriched by the stories of LGBTQ people during the AIDS crisis

Views Michael O’Loughlin / November 30, 2023

My own journey as a gay man living out my faith in the Catholic Church has been bolstered by the opportunity to learn this history from the people who lived it.

What would it mean for the church to bless same-sex couples?

Views Michael O’Loughlin / October 9, 2023

When Catholic same-sex couples seek a blessing from a priest—and this already happens, regardless of Rome’s rules—it often flows from a deep faith in God.

Catholic Pride month events face increasing backlash
News Michael O’Loughlin / June 13, 2023

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

Views 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 change

Views 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 patients

Views 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 AIDS

Views 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. people
News Michael O’Loughlin / July 18, 2022

Learning about our history

Views 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.