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Indictments for Vatican financial crimes a sign of progress

By Thomas Reese — July 6, 2021
(RNS) — Vatican financial scandals have repeatedly tarnished the image of the church. It is time for the Vatican to get its act together. Ironically, that will mean more bad news as crimes are uncovered and prosecuted.

Democrats should support increasing the gas tax

By Thomas Reese — June 29, 2021
(RNS) — Everyone, not just the rich, is going to have to pay to preserve civilization from global warming.

In Central America, Kamala Harris ignored our best hope: Catholic bishops

By Thomas Reese — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — Vice President Kamala Harris made a huge mistake by not meeting with Catholic bishops during her visit to Central America. The bishops could be the administration’s strongest ally in fighting the corruption, crime and poverty that cause people to flee to the United States.

Baptist and Catholic leaders grapple with similar problems in different ways

By Thomas Reese — June 16, 2021
(RNS) — They could not be more different, but they face similar problems, from sex abuse to Trump.

As Catholic bishops’ Communion war roils June meeting, look what’s not on the agenda

By Thomas Reese — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — It is sad that the U.S. bishops are so focused on the Communion war that they have no energy for anything else.

Reforming the Vatican Curia: Never easy, and never over

By Thomas Reese — June 2, 2021
(RNS) — Francis’ heart is in the right place, but the forthcoming document on Curia reform will not likely do the job.

Four reasons for the Vatican’s action on Communion for pro-choice politicians

By Thomas Reese — May 26, 2021
(RNS) — When bishops argue in public, it disturbs the myth of a united magisterium.

Solar panels allow religious institutions to do well while doing good

By Thomas Reese — May 21, 2021
(RNS) — An easy way to please the pope and earn money at the same time.

Democrats defend a tax boon for rich homeowners

By Thomas Reese — May 12, 2021
(RNS) — Who could have thought that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Donald Trump would be on the same page on anything?

The Biden Communion stories are stupid

By Thomas Reese — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — The bishops’ conference denying Communion to Biden is about as likely as the National Governors Association impeaching the president.

We need more from the Catholic bishops than a mixed response to racism

By Thomas Reese — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — Catholics deserve better leadership from the bishops in the struggle against racism.

Why President Biden is right to get our troops out of Afghanistan

By Thomas Reese — April 23, 2021
(RNS) — A fundamental principle of the just war theory is that you should not fight an unwinnable war.

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.
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