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Jesuit appointed to religious-freedom commission

May 19, 2014

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint Father Thomas Reese, SJ, as a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Reese, the former editor of America magazine, is currently senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter.

The commission is chaired by Robert George, a lay Catholic and Princeton University professor known for his defense of human life and marriage as the union of a man and a woman.


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  • Posted by: Defender - May. 20, 2014 1:24 AM ET USA

    So the Jesuit that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had trouble with (priestly celibacy and ordination of women, et al) is selected by Obama. Along with the US Ambassador to the Vatican website marking "International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia" it's a great way to show other countries how truly screwed up United States leadership is.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - May. 19, 2014 10:26 PM ET USA

    Why are we surprised that the current occupant of the White House would appoint a Jesuit to this commission whose credentials include editorship of "America" and who is on the staff of the National Catholic Reporter (neither National in scope, Catholic in orthodoxy or a Reporter of unvarnished truth)?