Thursday, April 26, 2007

John Allen Weighs In

Given the recent attention given to the Limbo issue here and elsewhere, and given the Motu Proprio fever infecting blogs the world over, John Allen's article in this week's National Catholic Reporter is a welcome addition to the discussion. In particular, his analysis gives further consideration to the question of whether the Holy Father is a conservative or a liberal. Note his comment in the following paragraph:

Perhaps what these two seemingly incongruent moves actually suggest is that Benedict XVI is his own man, beholden to no party or faction, and hence capable of making decisions that alternately delight and confound all the existing tribes that currently dot the Catholic landscape. They suggest that the pope is not an ideologue, and hence difficult to pin down according to partisan logic. He makes decisions based upon his judgment of the merits of a case, rather than how that decision is going to play in any given quarter.

The article is brief and insightful. Give it a read here.

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