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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

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.

Reform of Vatican Curia to be considered at meeting of cardinals

By Thomas Reese — August 23, 2022
(RNS) — As the cardinals discuss curial reforms, they will also be thinking about who among them might be the next pope.

A what-if nightmare for the Catholic Church: Pope in a coma

By Thomas Reese — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — Any procedure for removing an incapacitated pope should not be quick or easy, but it should be public.

In ruling for the praying football coach, what did the Supreme Court really say?

By Thomas Reese — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — Does the decision protect private, personal prayer, or is it the camel’s nose for more prayer in schools?

Pope Francis not fully briefed prior to Canadian visit

By Thomas Reese — August 2, 2022
(RNS) — The pope was left looking like a student who had not done his homework.

After listening to Indigenous peoples, pope gives comprehensive apology

By Thomas Reese — July 26, 2022
(RNS) — The penitential pilgrimage of Pope Francis should be an example to all church leaders who need to apologize to victims of church leaders and other Christians.

Pope Francis is not going to resign, yet

By Thomas Reese — July 19, 2022
(RNS) — Pope Francis has indicated the need for explicit guidelines for retired popes.

Pope Francis’ reforms to church governance are unlike any since Vatican II

By Thomas Reese — July 12, 2022
(RNS) — The reforms of Pope Francis are revolutionary. They move the papacy away from its old monarchical model, where the pope is king with cardinals and bishops as princes and nobles, to a collegial model based on the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.

Eucharist, sacrament of unity and source of division

By Thomas Reese — July 5, 2022
(RNS) — Francis’ letter is a heartfelt cry to end the liturgical wars.

What has the demise of Roe v. Wade cost the Catholic Church?

By Thomas Reese — June 27, 2022
(RNS) — Will Democrats stung by their defeat on abortion now partner with the bishops on a wider pro-life agenda?

Why nonsense stories about the pope resigning keep popping up

By Thomas Reese — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Francis can still perform his papal duties as long as his mind is clear.
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