Pope Francis has involved himself in one controversy after another.
He’s blasted Donald Trump, populism, and even attacked traditional Church values.
Now he’s overseeing a historic attack on America that left millions outraged.
Pope Francis has long been a critic of Donald Trump and conservative Catholics.
The left-wing Pope tried to convince Trump to stay in the Paris global warming agreement.
He’s also removed bishops from power who believe in traditional values.
Now he’s using underlings to attack American evangelicals and Trump.
His key allies published an article in a Vatican journal where they accused evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics of forming an “alliance of hate.”
The New York Times reports:
“Two close associates of Pope Francis have accused American Catholic ultraconservatives of making an alliance of “hate” with evangelical Christians to back President Trump, further alienating a group already out of the Vatican’s good graces.
The authors, writing in a Vatican-vetted journal, singled out Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, as a “supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics” that has stymied action against climate change and exploited fears of migrants and Muslims with calls for “walls and purifying deportations.”
The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed dangerously into the deepening political polarization in the United States. The writers even declare that the worldview of American evangelical and hard-line Catholics, which is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, is “not too far apart’’ from jihadists.
It is not clear if the article, appearing in La Civiltà Cattolica, received the pope’s direct blessing, but it was extraordinary coming from a journal that carries the Holy See’s seal of approval. There has apparently been no reprimand from the pope, who is not shy about disciplining dissenters, and La Civiltà Cattolica’s editor has promoted the article nearly every day since it was published in July.”
In the article the authors even tried to claim that opposition to abortion and the fight for religious liberty – two central tenants of the Catholic faith – are just smokescreens to impose a theocracy.
The Times also reports:
“The authors of the article argue that American evangelical and ultraconservative Catholics risk corrupting the Roman Catholic faith with an ideology intended to inject “religious influence in the political sphere.” They suggest that so-called values voters are using the banners of religious liberty and opposition to abortion to try to supplant secularism with a “theocratic type of state.”
Traditional Christians in America have always viewed Francis suspiciously.
Rush Limbaugh called him a Marxist when Francis had tried to soften the Church’s traditional social stances.
He also accused Trump of not being a Christian for wanting to build a border wall.
Now his key allies are calling American conservatives hateful in a magazine vetted by the Vatican because they are fighting back against the left-wing political machine.
It was an astounding attack on America.
Previous Pope’s – Like John Paul II – worked with American Presidents to end the Cold War and secure freedom.
Now Pope Francis is attacking America as part of a global effort to undermine the Trump administration.