In a relatively shocking article – don’t forget the Vatican has been extremely outspoken for a man in his office – a close ally of Pope Francis has written in a widely-read Vatican publication attacking Stephen Bannon, the senior White House strategist and lamenting a drift towards fundamentalism among some US conservative Catholics who backed Donald Trump as president.
The tone of the piece suggests an even deeper concern than expected within the Vatican about the direction of the US under Mr Trump.
Pope Francis and Mr Trump held a private meeting at the Vatican in late May, in an attempt to establish a positive dialogue after some indirect — and direct — clashes in recent years over climate change and immigration. But what seemed to trouble Fr Spadaro and Fr Figueroa even more was the embrace by many Catholics of the “stigmatisation of enemies who are often demonised”.
Is this the best that the Catholic church can come up with to cover the news of “a drug-fueled gay-sex party at an apartment belonging to an aide of one of Pope Francis’ key advisers”? Refresh my memory: what is Armageddon and where is it detailed?