John Allen

Thumbnail cardinal raymond burke A dose of reality about the Steve Bannon/Cardinal Burke axis

Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, and of late English-language media have been giddy with speculation that President Donald Trump’s chief...

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Thumbnail armenian soldier A lesson about life in a global Church

By any measure, Father Vladimír Fekete, the Catholic Church’s apostolic prefect of Azerbaijan, has a tough gig. He’s the head of an...

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Thumbnail pope francis Amid anti-Francis blowback, humor is a ray of hope

In the wake of the latest Roman expression of anti-Pope Francis backlash, in this case a satirical spoof of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore...

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Thumbnail donald trump inauguration As Trump takes office, he and Francis share a Russia problem

As President Donald Trump took office Jan. 20, he entered that vaguely defined set of “major world leaders.” Though we could debate who else...

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Thumbnail crux logo cna 3 11 16 Catholic news site Crux in transition as Boston Globe cuts ties

The Boston Globe has said it will no longer be running its Catholic news site Crux as of April 1. Vatican analyst and associate Crux editor John L....

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Thumbnail 20151208t1146 868 cns kerry genocide Christian genocide happening now!

For many of us who strive to seriously practice faith in Jesus Christ, and to extend that practice out into the marketplace, the political square...

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Thumbnail father gabriele amorth Famed exorcist proved you don’t have to play the clerical game

Although logically we all know the end has to come for everyone, there are certain personalities so indomitable, so larger than life, that in...

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Thumbnail religious sisters  nuns los angeles Foreign nuns, priests embody historic opportunity for U.S. Church

If American Catholicism has an Achille’s heel, it’s sometimes an attenuated sense of how we fit into the rest of the Catholic world. A bit of basic...

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Thumbnail archbishop jos  h gomez L.A. archbishop illustrates topsy-turvy politics of Trump era

With the Donald Trump presidency, we’re in a through-the-looking-glass moment in America, in which the previously implausible on multiple fronts...

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Thumbnail amatriceeathquakerelief Night to remember defied narrative of Catholic decline

Generally, the narrative about institutional Catholicism in America is that it’s in decline, and it’s easy enough to understand why. For instance,...

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Thumbnail littlesistersofthepoor On contraception mandates, polls pivot on question being asked

A tongue-in-cheek definition of polling once described it as the fine art of phrasing questions the right way to get the result you want. That’s an...

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Thumbnail popefrancis amatrice Orange County fundraising dinner to support earthquake relief

Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove will host an evening of Italian cuisine, local wines and music in order to raise funds for the earthquake victims...

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Thumbnail saint padre pio Padre Pio shows the Church can be democratic after all

It’s a commonplace of Catholic rhetoric to insist that “the Church is not a democracy,” and of course in many ways that’s true. Doctrines are not...

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Thumbnail chinese boy praying Parsing Pope Francis’ puzzling take on religion in China

Understandably, most reaction to Pope Francis’ latest blockbuster interview, in this case with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, focused on his...

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Thumbnail women pilgrimage john allen Pilgrimage illustrates Catholicism’s ‘woman problem’

One of the more striking Catholic pilgrimages in recent memory wrapped up in early July with a small Mass at a side altar in St. Peter’s...

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Thumbnail cna 5783bb8ea383a 113356 Pope Francis nails three-point shot by naming American spokesman

Though he didn’t win an NBA championship this year, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors nevertheless put up a great individual season, the...

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Thumbnail pope francis john allen Rules of thumb for processing the latest papal bombshell

So many aspects of Pope Francis’ personality either delight or consternate people, depending on their perspective, that it seems almost reductive...

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Thumbnail amoris  laetitia debate Thoughts on turning down the heat in the ‘Amoris’ debate

As most everyone knows, Pope Francis has both fans and critics within the Catholic fold. For those with long memories, that insight rates up there...

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