Vatican-backed journal attacks American conservative Catholics

(Catholic Herald) An Italian Jesuit magazine has strongly criticized US conservative Catholics, accusing them of joining with fundamentalist Protestants to pursue a “xenophobic” and “theocratic” state.

The article in La Civiltà Cattolica, which is reviewed by the Vatican’s secretariat of state before publication, accuses some American Catholics of wanting “walls and purifying deportations” while forming an “ecumenism of hate” with Evangelical Protestants.

Written by editor-in-chief Fr Antonio Spadaro and Argentine Presbyterian pastor Marcelo Figueroa, the article labels these Catholics “integralists” who “express themselves in ways that until recently were unknown in their tradition and using tones much closer to Evangelicals”.

“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,” the article says.

“The most dangerous prospect for this strange ecumenism is attributable to its xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations,” it adds. [More]

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