Signs of the Times

Bipartisanship is dead; can it be resurrected?

By Thomas Reese — February 20, 2024
(RNS) — Partisanship is baked into our political system because of gerrymandering, primaries and campaign financing.

Fasting from carbon for Lent

By Thomas Reese — February 12, 2024
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The Catholic Church needs to play a positive role in this year’s election

By Thomas Reese — January 30, 2024
(RNS) — The Catholic partisan divide provides an opportunity for the church to model proper civic behavior.

Jonah is a prophet for today

By Thomas Reese — January 22, 2024
(RNS) — God sending Jonah to Nineveh would be like telling a modern-day rabbi to preach in Iran or Gaza.

Capitalizing on his teachings on sex, Pope Francis’ critics shame themselves

By Thomas Reese — January 16, 2024
(RNS) — Jesus didn’t spend his time obsessing over people’s sex lives.

Let the synodal consultations continue

By Thomas Reese — January 8, 2024
(RNS) — Diocesan consultations for the October 2024 session of the synod must be completed by April 8.

Let’s hold a conclave on Capitol Hill

By Thomas Reese — January 3, 2024
(RNS) — Instead of forcing Congress to do nothing, a conclave would force members of Congress to do their job.

The Vatican financial trial is finally over. What did we learn?

By Thomas Reese — December 19, 2023
(RNS) — The good news is the financial scandals became public and were not covered up by the Vatican as was the practice in the past.

In Advent God comforts us so we can comfort others

By Thomas Reese — December 13, 2023
(RNS) — God does not comfort us so we can simply be comfortable. God comforts us so we can comfort others.

When can the pope fire a bishop?

By Thomas Reese — December 5, 2023
(RNS) — It depends on whether the bishop is serving a diocese or filling another role.

In a world where Christ is king, authoritarian leaders can only be antichrists

By Thomas Reese — November 27, 2023
(RNS) — Today's anti-democratic leaders are promising to deliver justice by any means necessary.

US bishops fumble the ball on global warming and synodality

By Thomas Reese — November 16, 2023
(RNS) — One can only wonder how different the bishops' meeting would have been if they had consulted in a synodal fashion with the laity.

Fifteen hidden gems in the Synod on Synodality report

By Thomas Reese — November 7, 2023
(RNS) — We can miss important opportunities for church reform if we only focus on the hot-button issues.

Synod on Synodality report is disappointing but not surprising

By Thomas Reese — October 30, 2023
(RNS) — For Francis it was never about the hot-button topics.
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