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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

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.

My generation needs to apologize to the class of 2022

By Thomas Reese — June 15, 2022
(RNS) — Thanks to us, this rising generation is the world’s last chance.

The Catholic bishops support gun control. Why don’t we hear more about it?

By Thomas Reese — June 8, 2022
(RNS) — Hardly anyone in the country knows about the strong and comprehensive position on gun control taken by the U.S. Catholic bishops.

Pope Francis appoints cardinals, setting stage for election of his successor

By Thomas Reese — May 31, 2022
(RNS) — The pope has made the College of Cardinals more Asian and African — and more likely to elect a successor who will follow his policies.

RIP Catholic News Service — gone too soon and when we needed you most

By Thomas Reese — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — The US Catholic bishops are killing off Catholic News Service, which is the AP of Catholic news, providing copy to Catholic publications and websites across the country.

Avoiding a deadlocked conclave

By Thomas Reese — May 17, 2022
(RNS) — Before he dies or retires, Pope Francis needs to make changes in the process of electing a new pope to avoid the possibility of a deadlocked conclave.

Why is the church failing in the West?

By Thomas Reese — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — Vocations and church attendance are down. Young people are leaving the church in droves. Why?

After winning on abortion, it’s time for Catholic bishops to switch parties

By Thomas Reese — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — Except for ending abortion, the Republican Party has little to offer the bishops. The bishops got what they wanted out of this alliance; it is time to move on.

While focusing on Ukraine, don’t forget the rest of the world

By Thomas Reese — April 26, 2022
(RNS) — Ukraine is one of many connected crises around the world.

What is good for the planet is good for national security and economy

By Thomas Reese — April 19, 2022
(RNS) — In the war to save our nation and the planet, we are not fighting back.

Holy Thursday is a Christian Passover, when we remember who we are

By Thomas Reese — April 11, 2022
(RNS) — Christians cannot understand the Eucharist unless they understand the Jewish Passover.

Holy Week pain, Easter hope in Ukraine

By Thomas Reese — April 5, 2022
(RNS) — A visit to a Ukrainian church as Christ is being crucified again in Ukraine.

Time to end tax havens for Russian oligarchs, crooked politicians and criminals

By Thomas Reese — March 29, 2022
(RNS) — Pope Francis called for 'a new ethic,' where everyone works together 'to eliminate tax havens, avoid tax evasion and money laundering.'

Pope Francis reforms the Vatican Curia. Here’s hoping he’s not done.

By Thomas Reese — March 23, 2022
(RNS) — Reforming the Vatican bureaucracy should not be a rare, revolutionary event.

Don’t repeal the gas tax

By Thomas Reese — March 15, 2022
(RNS) — Eliminating the gasoline tax is really a gift to the oil industry.
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