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John Allen on the Caritas struggle and Catholic identity

June 09, 2011

In a perceptive account of the Vatican’s effort to assert control over the activities of the Catholic charitable consortium Caritas International, John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter makes a broader point about debates within the Church today:

The Caritas story illustrates a root truth of Catholic life in the early 21st century: There is simply no zone of ecclesial life these days immune to hard questions about how its activity reflects a clear embrace of distinctively Catholic thought, speech and practice.

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