Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Reese’

5 reasons the pope’s clergy sex abuse meeting in Rome will fail

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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This month’s meeting in Rome, called by Pope Francis to deal with the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, may well be a failure before it even starts. The stakes for the meeting have been ratcheted up, at least for the American church, as the Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sex abuse has summoned Read more

Four challenges for the bishops at synod on young people

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
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The future of the Catholic Church is with the young, which is why Pope Francis has called bishops from all over the world to meet in Rome Oct. 3-28 for a synod on young people. If the church cannot attract and keep young people, it has no future. This is the 15th general synod since Read more

Irish vote shows need for new pro-life strategy

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
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The overwhelming vote in Ireland in favor of allowing access to abortion shows that the pro-life movement needs a new strategy. Trying to preserve anti-abortion laws or trying to reverse the legalization of abortion is simply not working. In almost every country where abortion has been on the ballot, abortion has won. Rarely have pro-choice Read more

Chicago cardinal puzzled as to what Pope Francis wants

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The outgoing Archbishop of Chicago says he has sometimes been puzzled as to what Pope Francis’ intentions are in the wake of some papal statements. According to a New York Times report, Cardinal Francis George stated that Francis has “said some wonderful things”. But Cardinal George added: “But he doesn’t put them together all the Read more

Jesuit calls for liturgical R&D plus test runs in parishes

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The vacancy at the head of the Vatican’s congregation for worship is an opening for a liturgical overhaul in the Church, a Jesuit commentator believes. Writing in the National Catholic Reporter, Fr Thomas Reese, SJ, stated that liturgical reform was stalled by the papacies of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. True liturgical reform Read more

Family synod document re-treads old ground, warns Jesuit

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

A Jesuit commentator says that the working document for October’s synod on the family reminds him of the build up to the family synod in 1980. Fr Thomas Reese said “for anyone familiar with the 1980 synod on the family, reading the new [document] fosters a feeling of déjà vu”. The same issues are discussed, the Read more