Draining the Pontine Marshes

The pope's confidant, Fr. Antonio Spadaro, recently issued a scathing critique of American Catholics who support Donald Trump. Both Evangelical and Catholic Integralists [in the U.S.] condemn traditional ecumenism and yet promote an ecumenism of conflict that unites them in the nostalgic dream of a theocratic type of state. However, the most dangerous prospect for this strange ecumenism is attributable to its xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations. The word "ecumenism" transforms into a paradox, into an "ecumenism of hate." Does Spadaro ponder what he writes?  What is the Vatican but a theocratic state? Spadaro then seems to take umbrage that these conservatives – which would include American Catholics – are Islamophobic. In an organization like the Roman Curia, we have to assume that Rev. Spadaro speaks for the opinion of the Vatican and the pope.  Some troubling conclusions can...(Read Full Article)