John Allen Speaks on the Francis Papacy
by Margo Borders On Wednesday, October 30, John Allen, Senior Correspondent at The National Catholic Reporter, presented a talk on Pope Francis as part of the Church in the 21st Century Center’s “Living Catholicism” series. Allen is the author of seven books on the Catholic Church and also serves as the senior Vatican analyst for CNN. He spoke about the “Francis Effect,” the three emerging pillars of Pope Francis’ papacy, and the public’s resistance and reaction to Pope Francis. Allen began by speaking about Pope Francis’ popular appeal. He cited a Pew Forum poll about Pope Francis conducted six months into his papacy, which revealed that only four percent of American Catholics have an unfavorable view of the pope.