From the July/August, 2006 issue of Touchstone
A Catholic Mystery Writer by Austin Ruse

A Catholic Mystery Writer

The Best English-Language Vatican Reporter Is Hard to Read

by Austin Ruse

The first time I saw John Allen on television I changed the channel. The second and third times, too. Allen was the ubiquitous CNN Vatican commentator during the “long Lent” of sex scandals and the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. How like CNN, I thought, to feature a Vatican commentator likely to oppose church teachings.

One night I was too slow in changing channels and actually heard Allen speak. To my surprise, he was quite sensible. He did not bash the bishops, did not jump to the usual left-liberal solutions to the crisis: the need for married clerg . . .


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