La Civiltà Cattolica Criticizes Conservative Catholics
In case you weren’t already angry enough, here is fuel for the fire from La Civiltà Cattolica. Note that conservative Catholics are said to have “enormous differences” with Pope Francis and not with Church teaching.
An Italian Jesuit magazine has criticized the political attitudes of some in the U.S. Catholic church, decrying in an article released July 13 a “strange form of surprising ecumenism” that it says is promoting societal conflict in pursuit of a dream of a future theocratic state.
The article in La Civiltà Cattolica, which is reviewed by the Vatican before publication, says some Catholic conservatives in the U.S. have built ties with fundamentalist evangelicals for political purposes that evince “enormous differences” with Pope Francis.
The authors — editor-in-chief Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro and Marcelo Figueroa, an Argentine Presbyterian pastor who leads his country’s edition of Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano — call such Catholics “integralists” and say they “express themselves in ways that until recently were unknown in their tradition.”
“Evangelical and Catholic integralists condemn traditional ecumenism and yet promote an ecumenism of conflict that unites them in the nostalgic dream of a theocratic type of state,” write Spadaro and Figueroa.
“The most dangerous prospect for this strange ecumenism is attributable to its xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations,” they continue, nodding towards President Donald Trump’s campaign promises. “The word ‘ecumenism’ transforms into a paradox, into an ‘ecumenism of hate.’