For American Catholics, “the election of Kennedy was an important moment in history, where they were recognized and accepted by American society as true Americans,” says Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J. But anti-Catholicism continued to linger until JFK’s assassination, when the 34th president became an American martyr, and it was no longer acceptable to be anti-Catholic. More
Latin American liberation theologians, according to Rev Thomas Reese, SJ, say the pope may not use the words liberation theology, ”but he certainly talks the talk: his concern for the poor, his desire to empower the poor to take responsibility and to be part of the community—this is very important for him. He doesn’t use the word liberation theology, but his message is very close to it.” More
In an interview with managing editor Kim Lawton, Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J., analyst for National Catholic Reporter, describes what will happen as the cardinals begin voting for the new pope.
Is the federal government more than “one word for things we do together”? Should the government say, “You’re on your own”? A politician and a priest speak about Catholic social teaching, the budget, and the role of government in our lives. More