Posts Tagged ‘John L Allen Jr’

Pope Francis’ ‘older son’ problem Comments 0

Friday, October 18th, 2013
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If a Las Vegas casino had opened a betting line eight months ago on the likelihood that within a year the most popular figure on the planet would be the pope, one has to imagine the odds would have been awfully long. Yet that’s basically today’s situation, as Francis continues to garner acclaim and admiration Read more

Pope’s sister wanted Cardinal Scherer to win the election Comments 1

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
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Though there aren’t yet hard numbers to back it up, it’s a good bet that the single most interviewed human being on the planet since March 13, 2013, has been a simple 64-year-old housewife in the Argentine city of Ituzaingó, about an hour outside Buenos Aires. The woman is Maria Elena Bergoglio, and her older Read more

An Asian plea for humility at the Synod of Bishops Comments 0

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
POPE LEADS MEETING OF SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON NEW EVANGELIZATION

Anybody who’s seen the movie “Pulp Fiction” probably recalls the scene where John Travolta explains to Samuel L. Jackson that in France, McDonald’s calls the quarter-pounder a “Royale with cheese” because, in light of the metric system, the French wouldn’t know what a quarter-pounder is. (It turns out that the movie got the French slightly Read more

Q&A on the synod for new evangelization Comments 0

Friday, October 12th, 2012
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The 25th Synod of Bishops began Sunday, this one dedicated to “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” New evangelization is the apple of Pope Benedict XVI’s eye, so the synod, held every couple of years or so since 1967, is being touted by the Vatican, along with the Year of Faith Read more

Vatican academy mulls how pro-life is pro-life enough Comments 0

Friday, June 1st, 2012
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In the normally tranquil world of the Vatican, where keeping up at least the appearance of unity is a fine art, the Pontifical Academy for Life has long been something of an outlier. There, internal tensions have a habit of erupting into full public view. The latest such row, featuring a public call from academy Read more

A poll average from Rome on the next pope Comments 0

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
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At the moment there is not a great deal of interest in who the next pope will be as Pope Benedict XVI seems to be in good health. According to John L Allen Jr, though, “with an 85-year-old pope beginning to show his age, speculation about who might come next is always in the background, Read more

LCWR crackdown more complicated than ‘Rome vs. America’ Comments 0

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
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In one sense it is correct to say that the crackdown on the LCWR would seem to be “Rome vs. America”, in that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has declared that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious needs renewing. But, says John L Allen Jr in his National Catholic Reporter column, “At Read more

Benedict XVI a pope of ironies Comments 0

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
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For Benedict XVI, this has been a week of milestones. The pontiff turned 85 on Monday, making him the oldest pope in the last 110 years and one of just six to reign past 85 in the last half-millennium. On Thursday, Benedict also marked the seventh anniversary of his election to the papacy in April Read more