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.
Faith News
Thomas J. ReeseJanuary 10, 2019

(RNS) — “Grossly misleading, irresponsible, inaccurate, and unjust” is how former New York Times religion reporter Peter Steinfels describes last August’s Pennsylvania grand jury report in its sweeping accusation that Catholic bishops refused to protect children from sexual abuse.

Faith News Analysis
Thomas J. ReeseSeptember 14, 2018
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., has done the right thing.
Faith News Analysis
Thomas J. ReeseSeptember 10, 2018
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 Rev. Tom Reese with his Amazon Echo. Photo by Tom Reese/RNS. 
Faith Last Take
Thomas J. ReeseFebruary 05, 2018
A Catholic priest should not have a woman in his bedroom at night, but I have become quite dependent on Alexa.
Faith Short Take
Thomas J. ReeseJanuary 26, 2018
He just doesn’t get it when it comes to victims of abuse.
Loyola Marymount University student and "Dreamer" Maria Carolina Gomez joins a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program outside the Edward Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) (Caption amended by RNS)
Politics & Society Short Take
Thomas J. ReeseJanuary 11, 2018
No matter what you think of people coming into the country illegally, one can hardly blame children brought by their parents.
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Faith Explainer
Thomas J. ReeseOctober 30, 2017
An interview with David Collins, S.J. about persecution and execution of witches.
Faith Last Take
Thomas J. ReeseOctober 23, 2017
It is time for the laity to speak out and act like true disciples of Christ in spreading the joy of the Gospel. 
Thomas J. ReeseFebruary 18, 2016
Religion in Vietnam today looks markedly different than it did 40 years ago.
In All Things
Thomas J. ReeseMarch 11, 2013
When should we look for white smoke Until a pope is elected twice a day there will be black smoke around noon and 7 PM White smoke could appear at these times or earlier around 10 30 AM or 4 30 PM if a pope is elected on the first ballot of the morning or afternoon Read Father Reese 39 s full Q