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Thomas Reese, S.J., Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Thomas Reese, S.J.

Reese is a senior analyst for Religion News Service. In 2016, he was elected chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Reese entered the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained in 1974. He was educated at St. Louis University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and at the University of California Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in political science. From 1975 to 1978, he worked in Washington as a writer and lobbyist for tax reform. He was an associate editor of America magazine, where he wrote on politics, economics and the Catholic church, from 1978 to 1985, and editor-in-chief from 1998 to 2005. Twice, he served as a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center. 

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Will the Catholic Church Self-Destruct or Bridge the Partisan Divide?

By Thomas Reese, S.J.
American Catholics are almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, which means the church can either self-destruct or bridge the partisan divide.
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