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Vatican correspondent visits campus to discuss new book

John L. Allen, Jr., appeared at St. Kate's in 2010, to discuss his book, The Future Church, sponsored jointly by St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas.

Allen's goal in writing the book was to document what he’s observed of the Catholic Church, not tell readers what to think. “I’m a journalist,” he says in his introduction, “not a priest, theologian, or academic.”

Yet Allen’s extensive work as a journalist — as a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the Vatican analyst for CNN — has allowed him to converse not only with priests and theologians, but also with countless Catholic laity around the world. Allen is known nationally as a prolific author on Church issues, and in The Future Church he focuses that knowledge on 10 trends he sees developing in the 21st-century Church.

In addition to his journalism, Allen also has written several books on Catholicism, including All the Pope's Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks (2004) and a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.

Dec. 1, 2010 by Julie Michener, Tom Vogel also contributed to this article

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