Saturday, September 30, 2006

"Damage Control"

The writings of John L. Allen, Jr., veteran Vatican watcher, appear in various publications. His weekly column appears in e-boxes on Fridays, thanks to the National Catholic Reporter.

His column this week is divided into three parts. Each focuses on moving forward from the Muslim anger incited by a quotation Pope Benedict included in a lecture while visiting his native Germany.

Part 1 focuses on the 25 September meeting of Muslim leaders with the pope.

Part 2 is a preview of a soon-to-appear article by John Allen about what the pope needs to address in future.

Part3--admittedly a little heavy for Saturday--is a reflection of the sort that will more clearly shape the matter of faith and reason, which was the core of the pope's Regensburg lecture.

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