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.
Pope’s new book speaks to Americans on racism, immigration and gender equity
(RNS) — Readers will be surprised how relevant the book’s message is to American Catholics and the country’s leaders.
US Catholic bishops’ response to McCarrick report is sad but predictable
(RNS) — At their fall meeting, the American Catholic bishops failed to communicate that they understood the startling report’s implications.
McCarrick scandal shows why popes, like John Paul, should not be canonized
(RNS) — The fact that John Paul advanced McCarrick in the hierarchy despite warning he received from Vatican officials and Cardinal John O’Connor makes some wonder why he should be considered a saint. Canonizing popes is more about ecclesial politics than sanctity.
Worse than bungling, McCarrick report shows Vatican failed to take abuse seriously
(RNS) — The Vatican report on McCarrick shows that something worse than mere incompetence was at work in the Vatican’s failure: clericalism.
Once feared as Vatican meddling, Catholic ideas could help America move forward
(RNS) — Americans once feared that Catholic politicians would push Rome’s agenda. But in divisive times, we could do worse than implementing the Church’s principles of reconciliation and multilateralism.
In 2020, ‘nonexistent’ Catholic vote will be crucial — again
(RNS) — It’s not who Catholics are or what they believe, but where they are and their enthusiasm for voting.
With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals
(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.
Six things you need to know about Pope Francis and gay civil unions
(RNS) — Pope Francis’ comments about civil unions for same-sex partners in a new documentary have caused a stir. How to understand his positions.
Dear Pope Francis, six reasons you should wear a mask
(RNS) — Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, almost all the photos of Pope Francis have shown him without a mask. Here are six reasons he should change his ways.
How to make our politics better: Pray first, says a Jesuit guide
(RNS) — The kind of prayer recommended by a new pamphlet on civic engagement is the kind that helps us listen, detached from our own preconceptions and prejudices.