Signs of the Times

Catholics should vote for Biden, says former bishops’ conference official

By Thomas Reese — September 17, 2020

(RNS) — Carr also reports that divisions among the bishops in 2019 kept them from updating their voter guide to reflect current issues and the teachings of Pope Francis.

Vatican causes chaos by invalidating baptism formula

By Thomas Reese — September 15, 2020

(RNS) — The real problem is that the Vatican is treating the traditional words of baptism like a computer password.

Is Kamala Harris anti-Catholic?

By Thomas Reese — September 10, 2020

(RNS) — It is important to distinguish anti-Catholicism from anti-clericalism.

Pope Francis’ new papal encyclical could be derailed by its seemingly sexist title

By Thomas Reese — September 8, 2020

(RNS) — Let us pray that the encyclical’s language does not distract from its content.

Trump or Biden? What’s a Catholic voter to do?

By Thomas Reese — August 27, 2020

(RNS) — In order to be totally in line with Catholic social teachings, you would have to be a pro-life liberal Democrat. These unicorns have a hard time winning elections.

In ‘Life After the Pandemic,’ Pope Francis hopes COVID-19 will change us

By Thomas Reese — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — In a compilation of recent speeches, the pope expresses his fear that the COVID era will increase ‘the selfishness of particular interests.’

Five things Pope Francis should do while imprisoned by the pandemic

By Thomas Reese — August 13, 2020

(RNS) — Reforms to the Vatican’s financial system, the Curia and how the church prevents clergy sexual abuse are the ecclesial equivalent of cleaning the basement and the attic, but now’s the time.

Catholic bishops reprimand Trump as often as they praise him

By Thomas Reese — August 4, 2020

(RNS) — The country’s bishops take social justice issues more seriously than the president does, a fact that’s often overshadowed in the media by attacks on Biden for his positions on abortion.

COVID-19 crisis provides opportunities and grace

By Thomas Reese — July 22, 2020

(RNS) — The coronavirus is wreaking havoc, but it’s also creating opportunities we shouldn’t miss to deepen family bonds and refocusing on the parts of faith that happen away from church on Sunday.

COVID-19 is more than a public health challenge: it’s a moral test

By Thomas Reese — July 10, 2020

(RNS) — Any crisis tests our character as individuals and as a nation. So far we are failing in this one. We can and must do better.

American exceptionalism needs a reboot

By Thomas Reese — July 2, 2020

(RNS) — As individuals, most Christians readily acknowledge we are sinners. Why is it so hard to admit that our nation has also sinned?

Religious conservatives have lost LGBTQ rights battle. It’s time to surrender.

By Thomas Reese — June 25, 2020

(RNS) — Jesus recommended negotiation when the odds are against you, and St. Thomas Aquinas said legislating morality is a losing proposition.

COVID-19 costs President Trump support among Catholics

By Thomas Reese — June 16, 2020

(RNS) — Though their influence has been waning in recent cycles, keep an eye on Catholic voters if you want to know what will happen in November.

Four ways to tell a prophet from a political puppet

By Thomas Reese — June 11, 2020

(RNS) — Today, there are prophetic voices on almost every issue: pro-life prophets and feminist prophets. How can we judge true from false?

My generation failed to deal with racism

By Thomas Reese — June 1, 2020

(RNS) — We cheered for black athletes, we welcomed a few blacks to our schools and workplaces, but we still live separate lives in our gated communities.

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