Evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics were surprisingly just attacked by the Vatican.
The Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a close confidant of Pope Francis and editor of the influential Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica (English Edition), chastised Christians’ Bible-based political values.
Writing in a Vatican-approved magazine, Spadaro condemns the way American evangelicals and their Roman Catholic supporters mix conservative religion and conservative politics.
He claims the conservative worldview promotes division and hatred.
Spadaro fears evangelicals have a dangerous outlook that divides the world into only good and evil, providing a type of “apocalyptic geopolitics” advocated by such luminaries as White House adviser Steve Bannon, a Catholic.
He also believes this mix of religion and politics inspires “an ecumenism of conflict” that demonizes opponents and promotes a “theocratic type of state.”
Conservative religious support for Trump also came under Spadaro’s attack.
He accused activists of promoting a xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and “purifying deportations.”
It should be noted that articles in La Civilta Cattolica are reviewed and approved by the Vatican Secretariat of State. The publication is seen as an unofficial mouthpiece of the papacy.
Spadaro’s critique is also aimed at America’s Catholics who have fought for religious exemptions from gay marriage laws and other measures church leaders consider immoral.
Spadaro wrote that “erosion of religious liberty is clearly a grave threat.” But he warned against mounting a defense of religious liberty in “fundamentalist terms.”
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