Thomas Reese, Religion NewsService

Thomas Reese

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Washington, DC, United States

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Recent articles by Thomas:

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

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

Caring more for each other could have ameliorated the pandemic. It’s not too late.

(RNS) — A crisis either makes us better or worse people; it never leaves us the same. → Read More

Meditating on death during a pandemic

(RNS) — My precautionary isolation due to contact with someone with COVID-19 has given me time to think. → Read More

Pope Francis punts on married priests

(RNS) — Francis appears to have feared splitting the church over the question of celibacy. → Read More

Prophets are social critics not fortunetellers

(RNS) — Attacking political and economic elites for not taking care of the poor, God's messengers challenge today's leaders and preachers who ignore their civic responsibilities. → Read More

Who knew what about former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick?

As early as 1994, while McCarrick was archbishop of Newark, a woman expressed concerns about McCarrick to the papal nuncio in Washington, Agostino Cacciavillan. → Read More

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


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


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


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


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