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: . . .

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Austin Ruse writes from Washington, D.C., where he is president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (www.c-fam.org) and the Culture of Life Foundation (www.culture-of-life.org). He is the editor of C-FAM?s "Friday Fax" report on life and family issues at the United Nations.

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