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The Gospel according to Pompeo

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01.10.2020

Commentary. If Pompeo's morality lectures aren't gaining traction at the Vatican, they are finding fertile ground in Italy. Di Maio’s M5S, encouraged by the PD and by our Prime Minister “Giuseppi” Conte, are now more Atlanticist than the old Christian Democrats.

written by Alberto Negri

Topic Italy

October 1, 2020

The Pope has given a clear rebuke to the Gospel according to Pompeo—a resounding and timely one. Bergoglio would not receive the U.S. Secretary of State, officially because he does not grant an audience to politicians involved in electoral contests. In reality, he did not at all welcome the U.S. criticism of the agreements between China and the Holy See, signed two years ago after the diplomatic efforts of Secretary of State Parolin and his deputy, Cardinal Becciu—who is now at the center of a scandal regarding investments in London and tips given to relatives. The Vatican is under attack, on more fronts than just the investments of one particular cardinal.

A week ago, on the eve of the expiration of the China-Vatican agreement on the shared nomination of bishops, Pompeo warned the Pope from the pages of the conservative magazine First Things: “Two years on, it’s clear that the Sino-Vatican agreement has not shielded Catholics from the Party’s depredations, to say nothing of the Party’s horrific treatment of Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong devotees, and other religious believers. … Now more than ever,........

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