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Confused by the Vatican?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 12, 2004

If you can't understand what's going on at the Vatican... If it seems to you that not every prelate in the Roman Curia is "on the same page"... If you want to know why the Pope doesn't step in and demand that his subordinates toe the line...

Those are questionst that Vatican-watchers ask each other constantly, and try-- with varying degrees of success-- to answer. For an unusally good effort to explain the inner workings of Vatican politics today, see John Allen's "Word from Rome" coumn in the latest National Catholic Reporter.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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