Signs of the Times

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

By Thomas Reese — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — At their fall meeting, the American Catholic bishops failed to communicate that they understood the startling report’s implications.

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Once feared as Vatican meddling, Catholic ideas could help America move forward

By Thomas Reese — 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

By Thomas Reese — 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

By Thomas Reese — October 29, 2020

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

With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals

By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2020

(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.

Six things you need to know about Pope Francis and gay civil unions

By Thomas Reese — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — Pope Francis’ comments about civil unions for same-sex partners in a new documentary have caused a stir. How to understand his positions.

Dear Pope Francis, six reasons you should wear a mask

By Thomas Reese — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, almost all the photos of Pope Francis have shown him without a mask. Here are six reasons he should change his ways.

How to make our politics better: Pray first, says a Jesuit guide

By Thomas Reese — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The kind of prayer recommended by a new pamphlet on civic engagement is the kind that helps us listen, detached from our own preconceptions and prejudices.

Election checklist: Five ways Catholic parishes can keep politics out of church

By Thomas Reese — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — Most Catholics don’t want politics to divide their parishes, but the wise pastor will prepare for the worst.

Five things to look for in Pope Francis’ new encyclical, ‘Fratelli Tutti’

By Thomas Reese — October 4, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Fratelli Tutti’ (‘Brothers and sisters all’), the new papal encyclical is an important teaching document that must be read by anyone who wants to know where the pope is coming from.

Amy Coney Barrett’s religion is important but irrelevant

By Thomas Reese — September 26, 2020

(RNS) — People of different faiths, as well as people of no faith, joined together to support or oppose specific policy goals without having to share the same motivations. What mattered was agreement on policy goals, not motivation.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an incrementalist, not a revolutionary, once questioned Roe v. Wade

By Thomas Reese — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — As we honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we may take to heart her advice on maintaining stability and faith in our institutions. 

National Catholic Prayer Breakfast award for Barr divides Catholics

By Thomas Reese — September 21, 2020

(RNS) — Getting together for breakfast and prayer should not be controversial, but the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast is dividing Catholics along partisan lines with its plans to honor Attorney General William Barr a little more than a month before the November election.

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