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Groan. Link: https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/italy-s-pro...-1.4027898


Italy's pro-crucifix bill has an unlikely opponent: the Pope's close advisor

[Image: image.jpg]Pope Francis poses with father Antonio Spadaro, editor in chief of the magazine "Civilta' Cattolica", at the Vatican 
Simone Somekh, The Associated Press 
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:17PM EDT 



ROME -- A close adviser to Pope Francis criticized legislation proposed by Italy's anti-migrant League party to require ports and other public institutions to display a crucifix, saying Wednesday that the religious symbol isn't "a team emblem" to be shown for political ends.


"If you remove the (religious) symbolism from the crucifix ... it becomes a parody," the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica, said during a Rome conference on the Pope.



A tweet Spardaro posted earlier in the day with a blunt "Hands off!" went viral. The crucifix, he wrote, "screams love to the enemy and unconditional welcome."




It was an apparent critique of the hard line Italy's current populist government has taken on immigration. The interior minister in the coalition government leads the right-wing League and has kept migrant rescue ships from docking in Italy.


The pending bill would require a crucifix to be displayed in all public spaces and institutions, including ports and universities. As now written, it allows violators to be fined up to 1,000 euros ($1,170.)
Although some Italian decrees technically require displaying the cross in public schools, not all schools abide by them. The issue has come before the European Court of Justice, which ruled in 2011 in favour of Italy's display policy.


The crucifix debate marked the latest dust-up over migration that has riled up the Catholic Church in Italy.


Weekly magazine Famiglia Cristiana published an issue Wednesday with a photo of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on the cover and the warning "Retreat, Salvini" in Latin.
Italy's Catholic leaders have largely taken to heart Francis' appeal for governments to accept as many migrants as possible. The magazine cover as well as Spadaro's comment reflected their growing unease with the government's position.
Salvini said the magazine cover was in bad taste.


"I'm the last among good Christians, but I don't think I deserve this," the ANSA news agency quoted him as saying.


Italy isn't alone in dealing with the crucifix issue, which has flared anew as large numbers of refugees and migrants from countries that are not predominantly Christian seek asylum in Europe.

A similar debate broke out in May, when the German state of Bavaria passed a law ordering the display of the cross at the entrance of state buildings.

Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German bishops' conference, voiced opposition to the law, saying that considering the cross to be a cultural symbol reflected a misunderstanding of its meaning.


AP writer Frances D'Emilio contributed.
That's a good indicator that this pro-crucifix bill is an excellent idea.
I don't get it.  If the crucifix "screams love to the enemy and unconditional welcome" then why doesn't he want it displayed at ports and other public buildings? That would seem a very appropriate place for a symbol with such meaning, no? Does he want a symbol that screams hatred and inhospitality displayed instead?  Huh
I'm not at all surprised. Spadaro has proven himself to be at one with the rest of the evil, corrupt, anti-Catholics with whom Francis has surrounded himself.
We're getting closer to the point where in order to follow the correct moral course, you just have to go opposite of the Vatican.
(08-02-2018, 03:29 PM)Eric F Wrote: [ -> ]We're getting closer to the point where in order to follow the correct moral course, you just have to  go opposite of the Vatican.

One day, this wickedness will be wiped out. It will fall as did the one who is their master, like lightning. It will be sudden, but to be so the foxes must come out of their dens. They must be caught when they are at play, like puppies (not cute ones- ugly, nasty ones, like Chihuahuas), and are so sure of themselves that they are no longer watchful. They will be caught so suddenly, it will be both terrifying and awe-inspiring.
(08-02-2018, 04:40 PM)Credidi Propter Wrote: [ -> ]One day, this wickedness will be wiped out. It will fall as did the one who is their master, like lightning. It will be sudden, but to be so the foxes must come out of their dens. They must be caught when they are at play, like puppies (not cute ones- ugly, nasty ones, like Chihuahuas), and are so sure of themselves that they are no longer watchful. They will be caught so suddenly, it will be both terrifying and awe-inspiring.

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That said, there's no doubt that Justice will be had. No doubt at all. The only questions concern when and how it will happen that these traitors to Christ will be dealt with. 
What is in it for them to let the Muslims in and suppress the Faith?  What do guys like this get out of it?
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  Why don't they set up old fashioned Missionaries to go into the poor countries to help people help themselves, help them save their own culture and country rather than helping them destroy a Christian country.  Only an idiot would think the Muslims are going to become Westernized and convert to Christianity.  So, what is in it for the top guys to do this?  Money?  Power?  The best dinner parties?
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Remember the good old days, when we could dependably look up to the leaders of the Church to stand up for this Church - to proclaim that the Roman Catholic Church is the One, True, Church, founded by Jesus Christ on the shoulders of St Peter.
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Like someone else said, the time will come when we just do the opposite of what the top guys say.
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And I don't give a rat's asssss about offending a follower of Islam by practicing my own faith.
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Being a Traditional Catholic will some day soon  be considered revolutionary, edgy, subversive, cutting-edge, cool!
Pope Francis and his cronies have long proven that they care nothing for the Catholic faith.