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Clergy for civil disobedience: ‘It is a Gospel-derived imperative’

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Interview. An ex-bishop from Caserta, near Naples, calls for resistance to anti-migrant and anti-poor policies. ‘The Church, bishops, priests and Christians must all practice civil disobedience, accepting all its consequences … even going to prison if necessary.’

written by Luca Kocci

Topic Italy

July 19, 2019

“I solemnly pledge to engage in civil disobedience against unjust laws aimed at immigrants and the poor. And I am asking Christians to do so as well, those who are really putting the Gospel first, as well as all who believe in justice.”

This is the message of Father Raffaele Nogaro, the former bishop of Caserta, who has always been on the front line fighting to defend the have-nots, migrants and women exploited by human traffickers. He has been scolded at times by the ecclesiastical authorities, and more often condemned by those who........

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