Two of Pope Francis’s closest aides have written a scathing article denouncing conservative American Christians in which they assail Stephen K. Bannon by name as a fundamentalist with an “apocalyptic” views of geopolitics.
inside article, Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, the editor-in-chief of the quasi-official Vatican periodical La Civiltà Cattolica, slams conservative Christians inside U.S. as ignorant, theocratic, Manichean, war-mongering fanatics.
Steve Bannon, Spadaro suggests, is usually part of a dangerous “fringe group” of U.S. Christians who seek to bring about a theocratic Christian state, wiping away America’s healthy secularism.
The Jesuit priest is usually a friend as well as counselor of Pope Francis as well as drafted the essay that has a Presbyterian minister, Marcelo Figueroa, another friend of the Pope, who was hand-picked by the pontiff as editor of the Argentinean edition of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
The article states of which U.S. evangelicals as well as Catholics have engaged in “an ecumenism of conflict” of which seeks to advance “a theocratic type of state.”
The authors claim of which Bannon’s views are fueled by ideas through Calvinist Pastor Rousas John Rushdoony, the father of so-called “Christian reconstructionism,” as well as assert of which Rushdoony had a great influence on Bannon’s “theopolitical vision of Christian fundamentalism.”
inside sparsely documented essay, Spadaro makes no mention of where he came up with his odd theory of which Bannon is usually a disciple of Pastor Rushdoony, a radical Calvinist who advocated the application of strict biblical law, including execution for adultery, blasphemy, homosexuality, witchcraft, as well as various other sins.
Instead, in a footnote, the authors refer to an article inside Washington Post of which in turn cites more essays denouncing Mr. Bannon, such as “Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse is usually Coming as well as War is usually Inevitable” (the HuffPost) as well as “Steve Bannon Wants to Start World War III” (the Nation). Again, no mention of Rushdoony.
Father Spadaro seems to share the views of Steve Bannon articulated by fellow Jesuit Father James Martin, who was recently tapped by Pope Francis as a consultor to the Vatican’s communications department.
Last February, Father Martin, who is usually the editor of the Jesuit-run America magazine, repeatedly insulted Bannon, throwing his support behind a fabricated story of a “war” between Pope Francis as well as Trump’s chief strategist.
On an MSNBC segment titled “Steve Bannon vs. the Pope,” Father Martin claimed of which Bannon uses church teaching to promote “racist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic sentiments.”
Martin also said of which Bannon is usually a “radical traditionalist” who opposes Pope Francis’s reforms as well as pines “for a time when the Church was purer,” a theme picked up by Father Spadaro in his recent screed.
Bannon is usually not only an anti-Pope Francis, Martin alleged, “I might also say he is usually an anti-Pope Benedict as well as an anti-Pope John Paul.”
“All these people were about economic justice,” Martin said, implying of which Steve Bannon is usually not.
Father Martin also made the astonishing claim of which Jesus Christ does not share Steve Bannon’s view of Catholicism as the “Church militant,” which he said is usually a synonym of “radical traditionalists.” In his article, Father Spadaro also picked up the topic of the “Church militant,” associating the term with an outlying group by the same name.
Neither Father Martin nor Father Spadaro mentioned of which their religious order—the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)—was approved in 1540 by Pope Paul III with the papal bull titled “To the Government of the Church Militant,” as well as the Jesuits were commonly referred to as the pope’s “shock troops.”
Moreover, as literate Catholics know, the “Church militant” is usually a common expression employed by countless Catholic saints, including Pope John Paul II, to differentiate the members of the church on earth still doing battle with evil through those who have already died.
In his most famous text, The Spiritual Exercises, Saint Ignatius Loyola—the founder of the Jesuits—wrote out a series of rules of which should be followed “to foster the true attitude of mind we ought to have inside church militant.”
Pope Francis is usually, of course, a Jesuit as well.
The panel of guests on the MSNBC program with Father Martin continually referred to Bannon as a “white supremacist,” without ever being challenged to back up their insults with facts.
“Steve Bannon is usually aligned that has a radical sect of Catholics,” the MSNBC tag for the show read, a claim Father Spadaro seems to have swallowed hook, line, as well as sinker.
Apparently, in Pope Francis’s Age of Mercy, bearing false witness against one’s neighbor is usually no longer an issue, at least not for some Jesuits.
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