Boston Globe, CNN Vatican Analyst John Allen Speaks at Assumption
John L. Allen Jr., D.S.Litt., associate editor of The Boston Globe and senior Vatican analyst for CNN, spoke Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Assumption College as part of its annual President’s Lecture Series.
Allen, who specializes in coverage of the Vatican and Catholic Church, spoke to “The Moral Voice of Pope Francis.” He believes that the key to understanding the pope is that the Holy Father sees himself as the “Pope of Mercy,” operating in what he has described as a kairos, or privileged moment, to deliver a message of mercy.
“John Allen is a respected and balanced Vatican observer, who has for many years provided commentary on the Church and the Vatican,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo, Ph.D. “He is able to navigate the different perspectives in the Church in a way that is fair, providing an understanding of the positions taken by the Church. His presentation provided a more accurate profile of Pope Francis, whose image has been formulated largely by the media.”
The author of seven best-selling books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, Allen was for 16 years a prize-winning senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. He frequently writes on the Church for major national and international publications. His weekly Internet column, “All Things Catholic,” is widely read as a source of insight on the global Church. Allen is also associate editor of The Boston Globe’s online magazine about Catholic-related issues, Crux.
The heart of a classical liberal arts education is an ongoing conversation across disciplines. By ensuring that the sharpest minds, representing diverse viewpoints and areas of study, are a part of this dialogue Assumption reaffirms—and bolsters—its commitment to providing students an education that goes beyond the mere memorization of facts and acquisition of skills and empowers them to continue the discussion. Through the annual Assumption College President’s Lecture Series—which began seven years ago—ethical, spiritual and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Please view the 2014-2015 President’s Lecture Series schedule here.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College