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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.
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 & SocietyColumns
Thomas J. Reese
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 & SocietyNews Analysis
Thomas J. Reese
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 & SocietyShort Take
Thomas J. Reese
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.
Politics & SocietyColumns
Thomas J. Reese
At first blush, this "social distancing" sounds un-Christian, but we need to listen to medical experts.
Politics & SocietyColumns
Thomas J. Reese
Democratic candidates tend to focus instead on other voter groups: blacks, Hispanics, LGBTQ people, young people, teachers and women.
FaithColumns
Thomas J. Reese
As early as 1994, while McCarrick was archbishop of Newark, a woman expressed concerns about McCarrick to the papal nuncio in Washington, Agostino Cacciavillan.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Thomas J. Reese
“As a Catholic, I resent your using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me,” she said. “I don’t hate anyone.”
Politics & SocietyColumns
Thomas J. Reese
As the crisis of climate change attains more urgency, many more people—especially the young—are coming to protest how humans are treating the planet to the detriment of all the living.
FaithColumns
Thomas J. Reese
by making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones.
FaithNews
Thomas J. Reese
After Oct. 15, 53% of the cardinal electors will have been appointed by Francis.