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Thomas Reese

The Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest, is a Senior Analyst at RNS. Previously he was a columnist at the National Catholic Reporter (2015-17) and an associate editor (1978-85) and editor in chief (1998-2005) at America magazine. He was also a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University (1985-98 & 2006-15) where he wrote Archbishop, A Flock of Shepherds, and Inside the Vatican. Earlier he worked as a lobbyist for tax reform. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of California Berkeley. He entered the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1974 after receiving a M.Div from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

All Stories by Thomas Reese

Does the pope need an editor?

By Thomas Reese — December 6, 2022
(RNS) — The pope’s recent interview in America magazine comes across as a first draft in need of editing.

In Advent, we hope and wait. Climate change doesn’t lend itself to either.

By Thomas Reese — November 28, 2022
(RNS) — Advent is supposed to be a time of anticipation and hope, but the threat of global warming brings me anxiety and fear.

Catholic bishops punt again on ‘Faithful Citizenship,’ reflecting divisions on politics

By Thomas Reese — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Nothing said at the bishops’ meeting indicated that they know how to deal with the post-Dobbs, post-election reality other than to say, 'more of the same.'

Bishops need to acknowledge collateral damage from Dobbs win

By Thomas Reese — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — To the extent that the bishops helped the Republicans gain power, they must accept responsibility for what the Republicans did with that power.

If American history read like the Bible

By Thomas Reese — November 8, 2022
(RNS) — If the Bible exposes the flaws of our spiritual forefathers, why should American history cover up the failings of our founders?

Synod on Synodality: Where has it been and where is it going?

By Thomas Reese — November 1, 2022
(RNS) — To win Francis’ support, liberals need to show their reforms allow the church to better proclaim the gospel.

It’s inflation, stupid

By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2022
(RNS) — What overstimulated the economy, child tax credits or multimillionaires who wanted a bigger mansion?

Change is not easy in the Catholic Church, whether Vatican II or Pope Francis

By Thomas Reese — October 17, 2022
(RNS) — My heart goes out to the seminarians who are going through the current trauma of change under Pope Francis, because I went through the same trauma after Vatican II.

A welcoming church enhances communion and participation

By Thomas Reese — October 11, 2022
(RNS) — People want the church to be a home for the wounded and broken, not an institution for the perfect.

People of faith should vote their values. They should be poll workers to save democracy.

By Thomas Reese — October 4, 2022
(RNS) — It is time for believers to do their civic duty by becoming poll workers.

Synod on Synodality had its doubters, but it’s proving to be balm for ‘enduring wounds’

By Thomas Reese — September 27, 2022
(RNS) — Many wounds reported by laity are inflicted not by individuals but by the institution itself.

King Charles should continue speaking about global warming

By Thomas Reese — September 19, 2022
(RNS) — If the royal family is going to be relevant for the 21st century, it needs to help the world face the most important crisis of the century.

The leadership lessons of Queen Elizabeth and Christ the King

By Thomas Reese — September 12, 2022
(RNS) — We still long for a powerful leader who shows humility and a commitment to duty and service.

Pope Francis’ big gamble: The Synod on Synodality

By Thomas Reese — September 6, 2022
(RNS) — Will the synod succeed in bringing greater unity to the church, or will it result in greater conflict and division?

Why Christian nationalism is un-Christian

By Thomas Reese — August 29, 2022
(RNS) — We can love the U.S. and recognize the sin of slavery, the genocide against Native peoples and our role in global warming.
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