Michael J. O’Loughlin is a journalist, author, and commentator whose work focuses on religion and politics, especially in the Catholic Church. Currently, he is the national correspondent for America: The Jesuit Review, and host of the podcast “Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church.”
As Republicans rush to nominate a judge to fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat, Amy Coney Barrett has emerged as a frontrunner. Democrats have plenty to fear about her appointment. But instead of poring over her judicial record, many of Barrett’s critics are making assumptions about how she might preside on the court based on her faith. Newsweek published a piece — now corrected — that claimed Barrett's faith community, called People of Praise, inspired Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Others inferred that when Barrett used the Christian phrase "Kingdom of God" she meant that she favored a theocracy. It’s a replay of sorts of her confirmation hearing for her appeals court seat in 2017. Whether or not Barrett is revealed to be Trump's pick, she will be remembered for inspiring some bad takes on religion. So what assumptions about religion are distracting journalists? And what better questions should be put to Barrett about her faith and its role in her judicial decision making? In this podcast extra, Brooke speaks to Michael O'Loughlin, national correspondent at America Media, a Catholic news organization, and host of the podcast Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church.
In this episode of Personally Speaking, Monsignor Jim Lisante is joined by Michael O’Loughlin. Michael is a national correspondent for America Magazine and the host of America’s podcast, “Plague: The Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church.”Support the show (https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-support-msgr-lisante039s-radio-showpodcast?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1)
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For more quality podcasts, in-depth news, analysis and spiritual resources from America Media, visit americamagazine.org In the fifth episode of "Plague," Mike visits the small Midwestern city of Belleville, Illinois, where a Catholic Sister broke ground in the 1980s by opening an organization to provide services for people living with HIV and AIDS. Though she was a trained ICU and ER nurse, Sister Carol Baltosiewich had much to learn about the disease before she could help treat it. So she journeyed to New York City with another sister to volunteer at Catholic hospitals on the front lines of the AIDS crisis. That experience dramatically changed Sister Carol's perspective. She witnessed firsthand the suffering people with AIDS experienced, along with their partners and family members. But it was the deep love present amidst the suffering that truly changed her. She would come to realize that ministering to people with HIV and AIDS first required a sincere self-examination. As she put it, "You can't even deal with AIDS until you first face your own prejudices and biases." Sister Carol returned to Belleville and got to work. She set up a helpline to answer questions about HIV and AIDS, which turned into a highly respected AIDS service organization known as "Bethany Place". Learn more at www.americamag.org/plague. You can follow Mike on Twitter @mikeoloughlin. You can listen to “Plague” on Apple Podcasts  here, on Google Play  here, or on Spotify  here.
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