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THE VATICAN ATTACKS TRUMP SUPPORTERS.
White Christian Americans are “hazardous;” Islam is non-violent.
In July, 2017, La Civilta Cattolica released a post entitled “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism: A Surprising Ecumenism,” a.k.a. “An Ecumenism of Hate.” La Civilta Cattolica is Italian for Catholic Civilization. This publication is long-lived and prominent. It was established in 1850 and it is vetted by the Vatican. The authors of “An Ecumenism of Hate” are Antonio Spadaro a 51- year-old, Italian Jesuit and editor-in-chief of La Civilta Cattolica, and Marcelo Figueroa, a Presbyterian, Argentinian theologian. Both are close partners of Pope Francis.
” An Ecumenism of Hate” determines Trump citizens, Catholic and protestant, as in requirement of correction, as they diverge from real Christian faith, and posture a risk to American democracy and world peace. These Trump citizens are incorrect about, or are dealing with in an inaccurate method, the following: abortion, same-sex marital relationship, the environment, education, well-being, migration, the existing increase of migrants into Europe, and Islam. Considered that the post was comprehended as a papally-endorsed, full-frontal attack on the president of the United States and his advocates, it got broad attention.
New york city Times’ readers exulted. “Glory hallelujah,” states the reader reaction voted most popular by other readers. “I am not a Catholic however I think Pope Francis is a real disciple of Christ,” checks out the 2nd most popular reaction. “I entirely support Pope Francis’ crusade versus greed and exploitation … and hate-inspired exclusionary policies,” “I am CHEERING,” “Pope Francis … is the real ethical leader of the world,” checked out subsequent popular reactions.
The Economist calls the post “surprising.” In Commonweal, author and faith teacher Massimo Faggioli calls “An Ecumenism of Hate” a “must-read,” since, inter alia, it shines a light on Vatican reaction to “Trump’s Islamophobic remarks and advocacy for the deportation of undocumented immigrants.” Trump citizens and their ilk, Faggioli composes, are accountable for “brand-new barriers … in between Christianity and Islam.”.
Luis Badilla, editor of a popular Italian Catholic site, Il Sismografo, asks why Rome needed to produce such a post. Why had not American bishops stated, earlier and more absolutely, exactly what the post stated? American Catholic leaders were guilty of an “awkward silence.”.
There were some comparable profusions of happiness at the Civilta Cattolica website. “My Muslim pals state that Francis is the one male in the world who is uncorrupted and can speak the fact. They enjoy him,” composes one reader.
John L. Allen composes in Crux that Spadaro and Figueroa “plainly show the type of views held by the pontiff.” Trump advocates disliked the post, and Trump critics liked the post, Allen composes: “instant response here primarily broke down along anti-trump or pro- lines. If you’re inclined to provide the president a break, you most likely disliked the post, and vice-versa.” The post should have attention, Allen composes, since it breaks precedent. “This is not simply company as typical. It’s unusual for a Vatican media outlet, even one that’s just semi-official, to comment straight on the politics of another country, specifically in a style that cannot be however assist viewed as relatively partisan.”.
A subsequent Crux post provides a “Latino/ Latina take” on the post. “Underrepresented” Latinos and Latinas seem like “aliens in this Promised Land.” Latinos and Latinas elected Hillary Clinton. (The post truly does firmly insist, throughout, on describing female and male Latinos and Latinas individually.).
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