“La Civiltà Cattolica is a peer-reviewed magazine. Its articles are always read and approved by the Secretariat of State before they are published. The same was true for this article.” So said Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., in a new interview published by America magazine regarding a recent article criticizing conservative Catholics, including Church Militant specifically. Below are some excerpts from the article.
On “collusion between church and state.”
I should add that we have encountered in Italy, too, this risk of collusion between church and state. It is important to recognize that we are all citizens, and not divide citizens into believers or nonbelievers, Catholics or Protestants. What is truly important in political life is to recognize that we are all citizens of this country.
Spadaro was not referring to things like the Fortnight for Freedom.
We hold that the positive partnerships between Catholics and Protestants are always worthwhile whenever they join their efforts together in favor of the poor, the care of the environment, the promotion of integral human development, the care of migrants and refugees, the care of the family and its mission, and the protection and support of human life. It is clear that Catholics and evangelical Protestants are called to collaborate and work together. Our attention focused on the phenomena that have degenerated and are based on values that seem to be evangelical but in fact are ideological. We refer to those that form what we call “the ecumenism of hate” in its various expressions.
On the question of demonization.
It was not our intention to demonize anybody.
On “separation of church and state.”
The church asks politicians to commit themselves in the world to build a better world through dialogue while bringing its own values to this project while respecting the fundamental separation of church and state. Therefore, the church should seek to ensure that God and religion are not manipulated for political purposes.
You can read the entire interview here.
The most interesting part of all of this is that it is “Vatican-approved.” It is now safe to say that the Vatican has “attacked” Church Militant and other conservative Catholics, including Steve Bannon who was also mentioned specifically. We shouldn’t be surprised by this, at least in respect to Church Militant. The apostolate has long been engaged in exposing elements within the Vatican that are deemed to be instruments of Satan rather than of God.
Interestingly, Church Militant’s website has been hacked. I could not visit their home page but links to individual articles within the site are accessible. You can access those links via Michael Voris’ Twitter page.