An article spread in an Italian Jesuit magazine has condemned moderate Catholics in the U.S. for supporting President Donald Trump and his strategies. La Civiltà Cattolica, a magazine surveyed by the Vatican preceding production, has distributed an article blaming U.S. Catholics of shaping an “ecumenism of loathe” with Evangelical Protestants in their unified help for Trump.
The article, distributed on July 13, was wrote by Fr. Antonio Spadaro and Marcelo Figueroa, who are said to be close partners of Pope Francis.
According to the Guardian, Spadaro is the editorial manager in-head of La Civiltà Cattolica, while Figueroa fills in as the proofreader in-head of the Argentinian version of the Vatican daily paper, L’Osservatore Romano.
“Appealing to the values of fundamentalism, a strange form of surprising ecumenism is developing between Evangelical fundamentalists and Catholic Integralists brought together by the same desire for religious influence in the political sphere,” the authors wrote as revealed by Life Site News.
The article, released just days after evangelical leaders laid hands on Trump in prayer, also criticizes “zealous fundamentalism,” claiming that proponents of the ideology are applying a twisted reading of scripture and the Old Testament on issues ranging from climate change to immigration.The authors noted that the convergence between Catholics and evangelicals “occurs around such subjects as fetus removal, same-sex marriage, religious instruction in schools and different issues by and large thought to be good or attached to values.”
They warned that the “most dangerous prospect for this strange ecumenism” is a “xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations.””The word ‘ecumenism’ transforms into a paradox, into an ‘ecumenism of hate,'” the authors added.
Spadaro and Figueroa fought that the collaboration between the moderate Catholics and evangelicals are not the same as the ecumenism utilized by Pope Francis. “His is an ecumenism that moves under the inclination of consideration, peace, experience and extensions,” they expressed.
The creators likewise blamed boss White House strategist Steve Bannon, a Catholic, of upholding a “whole-world destroying geopolitics” whose roots are “not very far separated” from that of Islamist fanaticism. The article further claimed that fake religious arguments are being used to demonize segments of the population, such as migrants and Muslims.The writers also pointed to U.S. Catholic news service Church Militant as an example of what they describe as a “warlike and militant approach” of forcing theology into politics.