The pope’s new bishops: “These are not papal acts in name only, but personal decisions by Francis”

John Allen looks at some recent high-profile bishop appointments and draws some intriguing conclusions in The Boston Globe: The profile of the kind of man Francis seems to look for in key posts is this: Orthodox in doctrine but committed to dialogue and outreach, someone who doesn’t take himself too seriously, who emphasizes concern for [Read More…]

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The case for a Dolan papacy: “Evangelization on steroids”

John Allen today looks at three American cardinals who are getting some papal buzz, and what he says about New York’s Timothy Dolan is especially entertaining: What’s the case for Dolan? First, he’s evangelization on steroids. He’s easily the most charismatic, media savvy and engaging personality among the 115 cardinals who file into the Sistine [Read More…]

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“The dominant Catholic narrative of our time is not decline, but astronomic growth”

John Allen  is offering this week “three myths about the Church to give up for Lent,” and this one hit home for me: The popular take on Catholicism these days tends to be that it’s a church in crisis. Rocked by sex scandals, bruising political fights and financial shortfalls, it seems to be hemorrhaging members [Read More…]

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Words we need to hear, especially now

The great John Allen has some wise words about building “zones of friendship” with a divided and often polarized Church: Tensions surrounding Catholic identity are very much in the air these days, and when they erupt they’re always a prescription for heartburn. People who regard themselves as authentically Catholic rarely enjoy being be told they’re [Read More…]

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