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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

Catholic bishops answer Biden executive orders with flood of press releases

February 4, 2021

(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?

January 29, 2021

(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

January 25, 2021

(RNS) — With older people being vaccinated first, they will be free to volunteer for meaningful work while younger people are still at risk.

Catholic bishops split on how to deal with Biden

January 21, 2021

(RNS) — Archbishop Jose Gomez, as president of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, tried to speak for all the bishops. He ended up creating more controversy.

Don’t impeach Trump. Shun him.

January 12, 2021

(RNS) — Shunning — or its Catholic counterpart, excommunication — is the religious equivalent of amputation. It is an extreme measure to protect the community from infection.

A Christmas without family and community

December 23, 2020

(RNS) — Christmas celebrates God’s great surprise, but we need to see it through children’s eyes.

2020 has tested the heart and soul of America

December 17, 2020

(RNS) — The year was horrible, but we who lived through it haven’t been perfect either. We must become better or we will be worse.

Pope’s new book speaks to Americans on racism, immigration and gender equity

December 9, 2020

(RNS) — Readers will be surprised how relevant the book’s message is to American Catholics and the country’s leaders.

Pope’s new book speaks to COVID crisis and beyond

December 7, 2020

(RNS) — The pope says that the pandemic has produced true martyrs but also malefactors who have preyed on the suffering of others.

US Catholic bishops’ response to McCarrick report is sad but predictable

November 20, 2020

(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

November 17, 2020

(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

November 11, 2020

(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

November 9, 2020

(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.

Five takeaways from the 2020 election

November 7, 2020

(RNS) — We know — have known — that we must do more listening and less preaching. If we cannot, our future is bleak.

In 2020, ‘nonexistent’ Catholic vote will be crucial — again

October 29, 2020

(RNS) — It’s not who Catholics are or what they believe, but where they are and their enthusiasm for voting.

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