CATHOLIC CHURCH: THE “LOUDEST OPPONENT” OF ITALY’S “ANTI-MIGRANT” POLICY
BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
The Washington Post suggests that the “loudest opponent of Italy’s new anti-migrant policy” is the Catholic Church, with some leaders going so far as to say that those who oppose open borders “cannot call themselves Christian.” In this case, the WaPo is right despite what its intention might be. The Catholic Church has become an unprecedented and powerful advertising tool for the globalist and Islamization agenda.
Author George Neumayr, who wrote the book The Political Pope
that Pope Francis has allied himself with Communist influences and that he has “turned the Vatican into a bully pulpit for the left’s favorite causes, including: open borders, gun control, climate-change activism, the abolition of the death penalty and lifetime imprisonment, and the socialism of central planners.”
The Catholic Church and Pope Francis should be advocating for persecuted Christians and the innocent victims of the oppressive Sharia. Instead, Pope Francis received a noteworthy accolade in June when Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar, thanked him
for his “defense of Islam against the accusation of violence and terrorism.”
When will the Pope and his cronies lead by example and implement a wide-open Vatican with no security guards, to welcome in all Muslim migrants seeking shelter?
There is not complete unanimity, however, among Catholic prelates on this. A Jesuit scholar, Father Henri Boulad
, sounded a dissenting note when he said that “Islam is an open-ended declaration of war against non-Muslims and those who carry out violent jihad are true Muslims who are applying exactly what their creed demands.”
A Catholic website, Lifesite News, also highlighted
a worrying trend within the Catholic Church: the site discussed Pope Francis as “the Pope of Islam,” drawing on research by Robert Spencer. The article also warned…
Considering how rapidly violent Jihadism has been spreading in the world and into Europe and North America, it is crucial that LifeSite readers take the time to become aware of this information. Ignorance of the realities of Islam could lead to catastrophic loss of freedoms and even of many lives in Western nations.
“The loudest opponent of Italy’s new anti-migrant policy? The Catholic Church”, bWashington Post
, July 27, 2018:
Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli,
ROME — In a small church in central Italy, a priest told his congregation one recent Sunday morning that the motto of Italy’s highest-profile politician — “Italians First” — was antithetical to Christianity itself.
Farther north, another parish priest said that supporters of the country’s new governing hard-line anti-migrant party “cannot call themselves Christian.” On the island of Sicily, an archbishop speaking in a public square took an even broader swipe, criticizing politicians who drive “their own miserable success” by exploiting fear about migrants.
“The church can’t stay silent,” the archbishop of Palermo, Corrado Lorefice, said during that speech, which marked a local holiday. “I can’t stay silent.”
As Italy’s migration politics swing to the right, the Catholic Church is responding with an oppositional roar.
Pope Francis, during the five years of his papacy, has spoken about the humanity and rights of migrants, cautioning about the anti-immigrant sentiment taking hold in parts of the developed world. But those warnings only recently turned into a clarion in the very backyard of the Roman Catholic Church, where one of the world’s most Catholic nations has ushered in a populist government that pledges to “stop the invasion” and tighten its doors.
In recent weeks, church leaders of all kinds — figures close to Francis and priests speaking on quiet Sundays — have struck back against what they describe as a xenophobic and fear-driven response to the wave of refugees and economic migrants who have reached Italian shores. Their voices have stood in relief against a political landscape where few others, even in Italian opposition parties, are delivering that message.
“It’s really unprecedented that the official voices of the Catholic Church are so squarely opposed” to an Italian government, said Massimo Faggioli, a Villanova University professor who studies Catholicism and European politics. “That hasn’t happened before. The Catholic Church is the opposition, basically.”….