Tuesday, August 19, 2008
John L. Allen Jr., the Vatican correspondent of the National Catholic Reporter, will speak on “Magesterium in Catholicism: Ten Forces Turning the Church Upside Down.” at the September 5 luncheon of the First Friday Club of Greater Akron.
The luncheon is at the Martin Center, 105 Fir Hill, on the University of Akron campus. Doors open at 11:15 .m.. For reservations, send a check to First Friday Club of Greater Akron, 795 Russell Ave., Akron, OH 44307. Cost of the luncheon is $14.
Allen has worked for the National Catholic Reporter since August 1997.
He is now the Vatican analyst for CNN and for National Public Radio. His work has appeared in a variety of American and European publications, including The Miami Herald, The Nation, the Irish Examiner, and Commonweal He also delivers lectures which discuss Vatican issues and his latest works.
In 2000, Allen published a controversial biography entitled Cardinal Ratzinger: The Vatican's Enforcer of the Faith. Several reviewers criticized this book for being biased, since it very often took an anti-Ratzinger stance. After some examination, Allen concluded that these criticisms were valid. As a result, in his next biography of the same man, The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church (2005),.
Allen grew up in Kansas. Both his grade school and his high school (Thomas More Prep-Marian) were located in Hays, Kansas and run by the Capuchin Franciscans. Allen graduated high school in 1983. He received a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas. For several years, Allen taught journalism and oversaw the student-run newspaper, The Knight, at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.
Allen and his wife Shannon live in New York and also have a home in Rome..
For a preview of Allen’s talk, click on the headline to see his December, 2006 article in the Reporter