I am at work on a feature length article on John Allen Jr. for a Catholic newspaper. I have thus been reading his 2006 book, The Rise of Benedict XVI, which is chock full of interesting details, one of which is Allen’s description of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a favorite in the 2005 papal election. Allen describes Cardinal Bergoglio as follows:
“A Jesuit, Bergoglio has a reputation as a man of great humility, deep spirituality, and unwavering commitment to rather traditional doctrinal views.”
This quote is especially interesting, for Allen has continued to defend Pope Francis (and other liberal prelates) as a moderate.
Who is John Allen fooling, and why does he go out of his way to defend liberal prelates?