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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 19, 2005

While I can't account for the echo-effect between Ian Fisher's and John Allen's stories on WYD (see below), I have to give Allen credit for the lucid and balanced responses he gives to readers' e-mailed questions in this Washington Post forum. As Allen points out, it's not his task as a journalist to defend the Holy See, but in calmly setting the record straight he does a better job of vindicating the Pope than many professionally pledged to do so.

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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 19, 2005 9:45 PM ET USA

    Again, Diogenes, you're right on. Joaquin Navarro-Valls does a good enough job, but if he ever decides to retire, I would nominate Allen as a replacement. One reason comes out of that WA Post piece: "While Benedict does not have John Paul's populist touch, he is a strikingly clear, limpid thinker, where John Paul's prose could sometimes be a bit dense." Only Allen has the populism with the limpidity. And, of course, NO spokesman I have ever heard in Americhurch qualifies.

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