Associate Editor, Crux

John L. Allen Jr.

John L. Allen Jr. is associate editor of the Globe and Crux, the Globe’s website covering Catholicism ( He is a senior Vatican analyst for CNN, and was a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter for 16 years. He’s the author of 10 books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, and is also a popular speaker on Catholicism and the papacy in the United States and internationally. Veteran religion writer Kenneth Woodward of Newsweek described Allen as “the journalist other reporters – and not a few cardinals – look to for the inside story on how all the pope’s men direct the world’s largest church.”

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JOHN L. ALLEN JR. | All Things Catholic

How do we know if pope-patriarch summit was more than a photo op?

By , Globe Staff

Alas, and without trying to rain on anyone’s parade, there are good reasons for caution, in large part because Moscow’s motives are open to serious doubt.

JOHN L. ALLEN JR. | All Things Catholic

What new Catholic bishops are, and aren’t, being told on sex abuse

By , Globe Staff

What’s the point of creating a commission to promote best practices and yet not have it address the new leaders who will have to implement those practices?

John Allen Jr. | All Things Catholic

Francis is merely following predecessors on ecumenism

By , Globe Staff

For Pope Francis, a key element of his narrative is the (often exaggerated) notion that he’s a liberal maverick.

John L. Allen Jr. | All Things Catholic

Pope takes quieter path in opposing abortion, gay marriage

By , Globe Staff

A pope’s impact is measured not just by what he says or does, but also by which impulses in Catholicism rise or fall on his watch.