Action Alert!


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.

Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • 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.