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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.
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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.

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.
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