Notre Dame, IN (February 28, 2019)—John L. Allen Jr., author, journalist, and editor of independent news site Crux will deliver his talk, “Rome is from Mars, America from Venus: The Cultural Gap between the Vatican and Main Street USA,” at Holy Cross College at 7pm on Thursday, March 21.
Widely regarded as the best single source of information on Vatican affairs in the English language, Allen has reported extensively on the abuse crisis and Pope Francis’ response. In addition to his work for Crux, Allen serves as a senior Vatican analyst for CNN.
“We are honored that Mr. Allen has accepted our invitation to come speak,” said Michael Griffin, senior vice president of the College. “His expertise in journalism, his witness and authority of news from the Vatican, and his dedication to sharing the truth is unparalleled.”
Allen is the author of eleven books about the Vatican and Catholic affairs, including “Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church, ”and “The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church.” He has published two biographies of Pope Benedict XVI. Before joining Crux Catholic Media in 2014, he served as a Senior Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter for 16 years. His articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Tablet, Jesus, Second Opinion, The Nation, the Miami Herald, Die Furche, and The Irish Examiner. He is frequently interviewed on CNN and NPR.
A native of Kansas, Allen received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Fort Hays State University. He holds a master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas. Allen has also received honorary doctorates from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Ontario; Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and the University of Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Allen’s talk will take place in the Pfeil Center’s McKenna Arena at 7pm on Thursday, March 21 with a reception and book signing to follow. This event is free and open to all.