Friday, August 4, 2017

Vatican City: Pope Francis' allies say American hard-line Catholics “not too far apart” from Islamist jihadists


Some experts have interpreted the article as a call from Pope Francis himself for the church to dissociate itself from the US administration’s right-wing policies

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By Michael Day | August 3rd 2017

Two leading theologians close to Pope Francis have said that American evangelicals and hard-line Catholics have a worldview that is “not too far apart’’ from jihadists.

Their article in the journal Civilta’ Cattolica, which has outraged religious conservatives in the US,  goes on to accuse right-wing Catholics and Christians of making an unholy pact with President Trump, and of deepening political polarisation in the United States.

Some experts have interpreted the article as a call from Pope Francis himself for the church to dissociate itself from the US administration’s right-wing policies on everything from climate change to migration. Pope Francis has previously hit out at  President Donald Trump’s proposals to build a wall between Mexico and the US – a policy the pontiff had said was not Christian.

The Vatican has refrained from commenting on the article.

But Vatican expert Nello Scavo, author of four books on the current pope,  told iNews he thought the article had the Francis’s backing.

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