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

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

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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

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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

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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.

John Allen Jr. | All Things Catholic

As pope visits synagogue, some issues still unsettled

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These visits are always special, given that arguably no Jewish community has felt the sting of Catholic opprobrium more than the one in Rome.