A Conversation from Rome with Father Tom Reese – Jesuit and Leading Commentator on the Vatican

November 6, 2018

By: Suzanne Morse

From 2004 to 2005, I was the spokesperson for Voice of the Faithful, a movement that emerged in 2002 out of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, and I have continued to watch how the Church has responded to the crisis in the years since.

In the last few months, in particular, the Church has once again gone through a tremendous of amount of turmoil, much of it related to the continuing crisis related to clergy sexual abuse.  Now we are seeing the U.S. Bishops undergo a level of scrutiny previously unseen – in 2002, when the Boston Globe broke the story of systemic abuse within the Church with their legendary Spotlight story, the focus was primarily on abusive priests.  But with the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and the stories about abuse committed by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick towards seminarians that broke this past summer, the scrutiny on the Bishops only seems to be intensifying. Just this past week, the Globe in partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a lengthy article on how little accountability exists among the U.S. Bishops.

In a special episode of our podcast OA on Air, I speak with Fr. Tom Reese, a Jesuit, nationally renowned journalist, columnist for Religion News Service, and a leading commentator on the Vatican, about where the Church currently stands.  When I spoke with Fr. Reese, he was still in Rome, covering the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, which wrapped up at the end of October and in this interview, we hear from him about the Synod and where the Church goes from here, as well.

Fr. Reese is going to appear at Stonehill College in Easton on Thursday, November 8th, on a panel on the Church in Crisis.  He will be joined by Professor Massimo Faggioli, a theologian from Villanova University and WGBH’s Margery Eagan.  If you are interested learning more about this event, please visit Stonehill’s events page for the details.

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