Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest, tells NPR’s Michel Martin about the significance of the political and social issues that were discussed at the leadership meetings of two prominent religious groups.


Leaders of two prominent religious groups met last week, the Southern Baptist Convention and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Both institutions set guidelines for millions of Americans who belong to their churches, and both faced searing debates that touch on critical political issues as well as matters of faith. So that’s where we’re going to start today.

The Catholic leaders approved a document that could call into question the eligibility to receive communion of politicians who support abortion rights. It’s being seen as a rebuke of President Biden, the second Catholic to attain the presidency. And among Southern Baptists, sex abuse scandals, the church’s response to…

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