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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

The future of Catholic liturgical reform

By Thomas Reese — April 13, 2021
(RNS) — Other than sex, nothing is more heatedly debated in the Catholic Church than the liturgy.

Visitation of Vatican liturgy office could lead to liturgical reform

By Thomas Reese — April 7, 2021
(RNS) — What would you change about Catholic liturgy?

Despair and hope in Holy Week

By Thomas Reese — March 31, 2021
(RNS) — Our world, like Holy Week, is full of bad news. We need to remember to also look for goodness.

The US needs an ambassador to the Holy See

By Thomas Reese — March 24, 2021
(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

By Thomas Reese — March 16, 2021
(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

By Thomas Reese — March 10, 2021
(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

By Thomas Reese — March 2, 2021
(RNS) — Anyone who opposes increasing the minimum wage should try, as a Lenten penance, to live off $290 a week.

We must take care of our children

By Thomas Reese — February 24, 2021
(RNS) — A refundable child tax credit would drastically reduce child poverty at a time when children are in great need.

Biden signals willingness to dialogue with bishops and other faith leaders

By Thomas Reese — February 17, 2021
(RNS) — Melissa Rogers, restored to the White House faith partnerships office, listens to all sides of a dispute.

Have a digital Lent to get through the pandemic

By Thomas Reese — February 16, 2021
(RNS) — How Alexa might help us celebrate Lent better.

Yes, the Catholic Church benefitted from federal PPP loans. Good for them.

By Thomas Reese — February 12, 2021
(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?

By Thomas Reese — February 8, 2021
(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

By Thomas Reese — 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?

By Thomas Reese — 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

By Thomas Reese — 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.
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