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Thomas Reese

The Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest, has been a Senior Analyst at RNS since 2017. 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

Should Pope Francis get a third COVID-19 vaccine shot?

By Thomas Reese — September 20, 2021
(RNS) — Personally, Francis is a prime candidate, but as pontiff he is more than his medical history.

Pope calls on world to welcome refugees and immigrants

By Thomas Reese — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — During his visit to Hungary and Slovakia, Pope Francis was at his prophetic best, standing up for refugees who have been bloodied by war, starved by famine and displaced by persecution.

Six suggestions for the Catholic bishops’ document on the Eucharist

By Thomas Reese — September 7, 2021
(RNS) — The U.S. bishops’ document on the Eucharist could be helpful — if they do it right.

A post-Afghanistan foreign policy means more diplomacy, less corruption

By Thomas Reese — August 31, 2021
(RNS) — It is time for a foreign policy that favors diplomacy rather than guns.

What’s next for the US in Afghanistan? Four essential projects

By Thomas Reese — August 24, 2021
(RNS) — Now that we have lost the war in Afghanistan, there is still unfinished business with which America must deal.

In Afghanistan, we made the same mistakes as in Vietnam

By Thomas Reese — August 17, 2021
(RNS) — I saw this movie in 1975 at the fall of Saigon.

The climate apocalypse is real, and it is coming

By Thomas Reese — August 10, 2021
(RNS) — Concern for the environment can no longer be an optional or secondary aspect of Christianity. It must be central to who we are as Christians.

COVID-19, global warming and diminishing Catholic guilt

By Thomas Reese — August 4, 2021
(RNS) — Would that the pope could declare vaccine skeptics and climate-change deniers heretics and put their books, articles, Facebook pages and tweets on the Index of Forbidden Books.

Who gets to unplug the pope?

By Thomas Reese — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — Even a pope needs a medical directive.

The Latin Mass is not going away soon

By Thomas Reese — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — But local bishops may now deny it to dissenters who oppose the reforms of Vatican II.

The beginning of the end of the Francis papacy

By Thomas Reese — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — Although he appears to be recovering from his surgery, the hospitalization of Pope Francis marks the beginning of the end of his papacy. Time is running out. Francis is 84 years of age, and it will be miraculous if he is able to continue as pope for another five years.

Indictments for Vatican financial crimes a sign of progress

By Thomas Reese — July 6, 2021
(RNS) — Vatican financial scandals have repeatedly tarnished the image of the church. It is time for the Vatican to get its act together. Ironically, that will mean more bad news as crimes are uncovered and prosecuted.

Democrats should support increasing the gas tax

By Thomas Reese — June 29, 2021
(RNS) — Everyone, not just the rich, is going to have to pay to preserve civilization from global warming.

In Central America, Kamala Harris ignored our best hope: Catholic bishops

By Thomas Reese — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — Vice President Kamala Harris made a huge mistake by not meeting with Catholic bishops during her visit to Central America. The bishops could be the administration’s strongest ally in fighting the corruption, crime and poverty that cause people to flee to the United States.

Baptist and Catholic leaders grapple with similar problems in different ways

By Thomas Reese — June 16, 2021
(RNS) — They could not be more different, but they face similar problems, from sex abuse to Trump.
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