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Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church. Image courtesy America Media
“I felt like I was being thrown out of my home” August 04, 2022
In this first episode of the limited series podcast Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church hosted by O’Loughlin, we meet David Pace who shares his first memories from the early days of the AIDS crisis.  Pace recalls the day he and his partner Bill discovered they were infected with HIV and turned to the Church for spiritual comfort.  Initially, they were welcomed. But things changed in 1986 when AIDS support groups like Dignity were asked to leave parishes and Roman Catholic leaders publicly opposed public health measures to prevent the spread of the disease.  O’Loughlin tells stories of private acts of mercy and compassion from clergy and laypeople.

Our theme Breath Deep is copyright MC Yogi.
The arrangement of Small Town Boy at the beginning of this week's show is by
Rya MacDonald
and used under a
Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.
Remixed by Dissimilation Heavy Industries.

All additional music by Blue Dot Sessions.