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.
Visitation of Vatican liturgy office could lead to liturgical reform
(RNS) — What would you change about Catholic liturgy?
The US needs an ambassador to the Holy See
(RNS) — Joe Biden will soon be the first Catholic president to nominate an ambassador to the Holy See, something that in earlier days would have been anathema to American Protestants who feared the papacy’s political and religious power.
Vatican says yes to gay people, no to blessing gay unions
(RNS) — How will the Vatican welcome gays ‘with respect and sensitivity’ while saying no to blessing gay unions?
Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Iraq improves relations with Muslims
(RNS) — Christians and Muslims will look back at this papacy as a turning point in their relationship.
Workers deserve a living wage, not just a minimum wage
(RNS) — Anyone who opposes increasing the minimum wage should try, as a Lenten penance, to live off $290 a week.
Biden signals willingness to dialogue with bishops and other faith leaders
(RNS) — Melissa Rogers, restored to the White House faith partnerships office, listens to all sides of a dispute.
Yes, the Catholic Church benefitted from federal PPP loans. Good for them.
(RNS) — If I were a bishop, pastor or president of a school, I, too, would have gone after every penny I could legally get.
Can Joe Biden solve the Little Sisters of the Poor dilemma?
(RNS) — Ban Form 700. Then we’ll see who wants to solve the Little Sisters’ problem.
Catholic bishops answer Biden executive orders with flood of press releases
(RNS) — While it is true that conflict exists between the bishops and Biden, ignoring the areas of agreement skews the truth.
Can Catholic bishops work with the Biden administration?
(RNS) — Reports suggest that the US bishops are ready to wage war on the new administration, but there are many areas where the bishops’ and Biden’s agendas converge.
With vaccinations, an army of gray volunteers is coming
(RNS) — With older people being vaccinated first, they will be free to volunteer for meaningful work while younger people are still at risk.