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Recent articles by Thomas:

Why Nancy Pelosi doesn’t hate President Trump and prays for him instead

“As a Catholic, I resent your using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me,” she said. “I don’t hate anyone.” → Read More

What 10 new cardinals tells us about Pope Francis’ priorities

by making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones. → Read More

Pope Francis gets it right on Curia reform and women

(RNS) — The appointment of women to the congregation is important because so far, progressive women have not been pleased with the pope's handling of women’s issues. → Read More

The death of trust and the triumph of suspicion

(RNS) — Unless we build bridges and trust, neither the church nor America has much of a future. → Read More

NCR

US Catholic bishops adopt process for reviewing misconduct of bishops

In response to recent accusations of episcopal misconduct, the U.S. Catholic bishops have adopted a process for reporting and investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and coverup by bishops. Th... → Read More

NCR

A fight over 'So help me God'? God help us

Some Democrats in Congress who now make the rules in the House of Representatives have proposed dropping "so help me God" from the oath recited before someone testifies before a legislative ... → Read More

The success of Pope Francis' new sex abuse reporting rules depends on enforcement

(RNS) — Only if the new norms are enforced well can the church’s credibility be rebuilt. → Read More

Three ways to evaluate Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia

Reforming the Vatican Curia has been a goal since the Second Vatican Council, but so far the changes have failed to improve its efficiency or responsiveness. Pope Francis is trying again. → Read More

NCR

Note to newspaper editors: Change 'church' to 'hierarchy'

It is time to stop using the term "Catholic Church" as a synonym for "Catholic hierarchy." We all do it. "The church teaches such and such." "The church lobbied against gay marriage." "The church fail... → Read More

NCR

At the synod of bishops, three modes of listening to the young

One of the buzzwords at the synod of Catholic bishops on young people is "listening." In the film "Casablanca," a kiss may be just a kiss, but in the Catholic Church, listening is never just listening... → Read More

At the synod of bishops, three modes of listening to the young

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In 'Casablanca,' a kiss may be just a kiss, but in the Catholic Church, listening is never just listening. → Read More

Lives of love: Pope Francis canonizes Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Romero

(RNS) — Canonizing two of his favorite people, Pope Francis showcases the man who brought Vatican II to a conclusion and the man who was martyred for defending human rights and the poor. → Read More

The highs, lows and distractions of the Vatican synod on young people

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — It is hard for a synod to compete with a cardinal's resignation, a defense of the pope against his attacker and an invitation from North Korea's dictator. → Read More

Cardinal blasts archbishop’s attack on pope as ‘monstrous and unsubstantiated’

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, refutes Archbishop Carlo Vigano's claim that Pope Francis released ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict. → Read More

Why the Catholic Church can’t move on from the sex abuse crisis

Many Catholic bishops and priests are frustrated by the continued coverage of the sex abuse crisis in the media. They believe they have fixed the problem and the church should be able to move on. → Read More

NCR

Why the Catholic Church can't move on from the sex abuse crisis

Many Catholic bishops and priests are frustrated by the continued coverage of the sex abuse crisis in the media. They believe they have fixed the problem and the church should be able to move on. The... → Read More

Why the Catholic Church can’t move on from the sex abuse crisis

(RNS) — Many Catholic bishops and priests are frustrated by the continued coverage of the sex abuse crisis in the media. They believe they have fixed the problem and the church should be able to move on. People will not let them move on until there is full disclosure of past abuse. → Read More

Doubts about Viganò's accusations aside, Pope Francis needs a better response

(RNS) — No proponent of transparency while U.S. nuncio, Archbishop Vigano now paints himself a born-again defender of the abused. The Vatican's only credible response is to say what it knew and when. → Read More

NCR

Four things the church must do to respond to sex abuse

People are not satisfied that the Catholic Church has vigorously responded to the sex abuse crisis. After seeing the crisis covered in The Boston Globe and elsewhere since at least 2002, they are surp... → Read More

The Catholic Church needs a way to deal with bad bishops

(RNS) — Cardinal Sean O’Malley acknowledged this week that the church needs clearer norms and procedures for investigating and judging bishops. But O’Malley’s statement only raises further questions. → Read More