Thomas J. Reese, S.J., is a senior analyst for Religion News Service. Previously he was a columnist at The National Catholic Reporter (2015-17) and an associate editor (1978-85) and editor in chief (1998-2005) of America.
Politics & Society News
Thomas J. ReeseDecember 30, 2020
2020 has tested the heart and soul of America.
Faith News Analysis
Thomas J. ReeseNovember 19, 2020
It’s not just popes: The church needs more time to examine any person’s life.
Politics & Society News Analysis
Thomas J. ReeseNovember 11, 2020
After the election, it has become clear that the United States has fractured along partisan lines. Here are six Catholic principles that the U.S. could benefit from right now.
Politics & Society News
Thomas J. ReeseOctober 15, 2020
One tip: Keep partisan politics out of the parish bulletin and the parish website.
Politics & Society Short Take
Thomas J. ReeseSeptember 28, 2020
To argue that a person’s religious beliefs are not or should not be influential in how they approach judicial questions shows an ignorance of history and politics.
Politics & Society Short Take
Thomas J. ReeseSeptember 24, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg thought the ruling in Roe v. Wade was correct but too sweeping.
Politics & Society News
Thomas J. ReeseSeptember 22, 2020
The 16th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast is dividing Catholics along partisan lines because it will honor President Trump's attorney general a little more than a month before the November election.
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden touches his face as he speaks to members of the clergy and community leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del., on June 1. Democrats are betting on Biden’s evident comfort with faith as a powerful point of contrast in his battle against President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Politics & Society Columns
Thomas J. ReeseAugust 31, 2020
American Catholics had seen the problems the church got into in Europe when hierarchy aligned itself with specific rulers or political parties. American Catholics, including most bishops, did not want to go down that road.
Politics & Society News Analysis
Thomas J. ReeseAugust 04, 2020
Thomas J. Reese looks at over 160 press releases to analyze the posture of the U.S. bishops toward the Trump administration.
Susan Upton on March 18 at her family restaurant, Mambos, in Glendale, Calif., which is being forced to close after 32 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)
Politics & Society Short Take
Thomas J. ReeseMarch 25, 2020
In a pandemic, no one is safe unless we are all safe, writes Thomas J. Reese, S.J. In the United States, we did not prepare for a pandemic, but it is not too late for solidarity.