When I mention that I (the guy from The Wanderer) and Mr. John L. Allen (of the National Catholic Reporter) are friends, some don’t believe me, though why I cannot tell.
Today there was an informal meeting of journalists at the Foreign Press Club in Rome with John Allen, who has become quite the expert on the state of the Church in South America. He had interesting comments.
At the heart of the discussion was the Holy Father’s upcoming visit to Brazil and, indeed, the perception of His Holiness in the Press together the the major trends the Church faces in the future. Allen is preparing a new book on the latter theme.
Here is a shot of the aforementioned in the bar of the Press Club (which I am being "pressed" to join,… and just may).
Since the meeting was very informative I even postponed my going to Spiderman 3 this afternoon but I caught up with it tonight with a priest friend.
BTW: We are of like mind in the situation of the Motu Proprio – while the Holy Father is in S. America, indeed probably while the CELAM is meeting, nothing major will come out. The Church’s focus needs to be there. But, it is going to happen. More about that another time.