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Past articles by Thomas:

Is the FBI coming after traditional Catholics?

(RNS) — The FBI is worried violent extremists will exploit and recruit radical-traditionalist Catholics. → Read More


Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: Brother Leo sends Francis off on another peacemaking pilgrimage. → Read More

With Benedict's death, a way opens for more formal rules for retired popes

(RNS) — Symbols are important in the Catholic Church, and having two men dressed in white and called pope is confusing. → Read More


Important events in the life of Pope Benedict XVI

A timeline of important events in the life of the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died Dec. 31. → Read More


Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: Brother Leo has an emergency tailor job on a pair of red pants. → Read More

Opposition to Respect for Marriage Act reflects bishops' paranoia on religious freedom

(RNS) — The U.S. Catholic bishops’ opposition to the Respect for Marriage Act is destroying their credibility. → Read More

Does the pope need an editor?

(RNS) — The pope’s recent interview in America magazine comes across as a first draft in need of editing. → Read More

It’s inflation, stupid

(RNS) — What overstimulated the economy, child tax credits or multimillionaires who wanted a bigger mansion? → Read More


People of faith should be poll workers to save democracy

Most Republicans believe Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election; most Democrats think democracy is under attack by Republican attempt... → Read More

People of faith should vote their values. They should be poll workers to save democracy.

(RNS) — It is time for believers to do their civic duty by becoming poll workers. → Read More

Synod on Synodality had its doubters, but it's proving to be balm for 'enduring wounds'

(RNS) — Many wounds reported by laity are inflicted not by individuals but by the institution itself. → Read More


Pope Francis' big gamble: The synod on synodality

Pope Francis' synod on synodality, which will take place in October 2023, is the greatest gamble of this papacy. It may succeed in bringing gr... → Read More

Pope Francis’ big gamble: The synod on synodality

(RNS) — Will the synod succeed in bringing greater unity to the church, or will it result in greater conflict and division? → Read More

A what-if nightmare for the Catholic Church: Pope in a coma

(RNS) — Any procedure for removing an incapacitated pope should not be quick or easy, but it should be public. → Read More

Pope Francis is not going to resign, yet

(RNS) — Pope Francis has indicated the need for explicit guidelines for retired popes. → Read More

Pope Francis' reforms to church governance are unlike any since Vatican II

(RNS) — The reforms of Pope Francis are revolutionary. They move the papacy away from its old monarchical model, where the pope is king with cardinals and bishops as princes and nobles, to a collegial model based on the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. → Read More

Pope Francis wants to end the liturgy wars. I fear his new letter on the Eucharist won’t help.

Pope Francis's latest apostolic letter neglects to address the needs of the vast majority of Catholics, who accept the Novus Ordo but still do not fully understand the Eucharist. → Read More


Why nonsense stories about the pope resigning keep popping up

If I had a dollar for every story I have seen about the possibility of the pope resigning, I could take a trip to Rome to watch the pope at wo... → Read More

What has the demise of Roe v. Wade cost the Catholic Church?

(RNS) — Will Democrats stung by their defeat on abortion now partner with the bishops on a wider pro-life agenda? → Read More

Why nonsense stories about the pope resigning keep popping up

(RNS) — Francis can still perform his papal duties as long as his mind is clear. → Read More