Vatican Press Lashes Out At Catholic Trump Voters, Calls Steve Bannon "A Supporter Of Apocalyptic Geopolitics"

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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.

As a reminder, The pope and Trump have voiced their differences with each other in the past. When asked in 2016 about then-candidate Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the pope appeared to imply Trump was not a Christian.

Trump called the religious leader’s comments “disgraceful.” However, the two leaders held a quiet face-to-face in May at the Vatican, taking part in a 30-minute meeting.

But now, as The FT reports, Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit priest, close friend of the Pope, and editor of Civilta’ Cattolica, a widely-read publication in the Vatican, wrote in a 2,700-word paper released this week that there was a “surprising” meeting of minds between some Catholic voters in the US and the evangelical Christian right.

“Those who profess themselves to be Catholic express themselves in ways that until recently were unknown in their tradition and using tones much closer to Evangelicals,” Mr Spadaro wrote.


He said their “shared objectives” were focused on social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage and they harboured a “nostalgic dream of a theocratic type of state”.


“However, the most dangerous prospect for this strange ecumenism is attributable to its xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations,” he added.


The article has attracted attention because Fr Spadaro is very close to Pope Francis and the Vatican would have approved the paper’s publication.


The piece was co-authored by Marcelo Figueroa, a Presbyterian pastor who is editor-in-chief of the Argentine edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, and is also considered close to Francis.

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”.

“The panorama of threats to their understanding of the American way of life have included modernist spirits, the black civil rights movement, the hippy movement, communism, feminist movements and so on. And now in our day there are the migrants and the Muslims,” the article said, adding that they were putting the “conquering and defence of the promised land” above the “incisive look, full of love, of Jesus in the Gospel”.

Some conservative Catholics were outraged by the piece, Rorate Caeli, who runs a conservative Catholic blog, exclaimed:

Due to its unprecedented nature, and the direct attack it makes on the United States, its current administration, American Evangelicals, Conservative Catholics in the United States (and Europe and Africa, concerned with the rise of Islamism) . . . the article's over-reach is nothing if not breathtaking."

Spadaro concludes with a directive of note - The Pope will counter Trump's anti-globalist agenda...

The political strategy for success becomes that of raising the tones of the conflictual, exaggerating disorder, agitating the souls of the people by painting worrying scenarios beyond any realism,” it added. 


On the other hand, Pope Francis was “carrying forward a systematic counter-narration with respect to the narrative of fear” due to the “need to fight the manipulation of this season of anxiety and insecurity”.

Not entirely surprising to many who see Pope Francis as deeply involved in a New World Order, but this does make explicit his perspective.

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Salzburg1756's picture

Is the pope Catholic?


New_Meat's picture

Charles Martel disapproves the Pope's message

Gert_B_Frobe's picture

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is fear ... Fear and surprise. 

Cardinal Fang, fetch the comfy chair.


And on a lighter note, just GTFO you kid-touching bastards

chubbar's picture

I guess if you are not in favor of raping little boys then you fall out of favor with the Vatican. Who the fuck are they trying to fool here? We are watching the slow motion dismantling of a wide spread pedophilia network that most assuredly includes the Vatican and a large swath of congress. I don't know if we'll get these fuckers since they deep state may firewall them. That being said, it doesn't surprise me in the least that the pope would start a push back campaign against Trump. Fuck that asshole, I have no respect for any organization that spends billions protecting child rapists.

froze25's picture

It's being reported on in local press only. You would think it would be all over Mainstream media. 

JLee2027's picture

Benedict is still Pope!

HRClinton's picture

Which makes Francis the VICE Pope.

waspwench's picture

Which makes Francis no kind of pope at all.

Stanley Lord's picture

Obama and the Globalists pulled off a Pope coup and nobody said a word.

You know why there was no budget?

So Obama could spend $1T a year! with no strings attached, giving to money to the Catholic church among others  to take in refugees among other things.

I hope Trump has the forensic accountants working full time.

froze25's picture

Depends,  that may be another thing the RINO'S are blocking.  Ryan and McCain are scum


farflungstar's picture

Christian orgs. should NEVER be taking in "Islamic refugees" into Christian countries - this is a HERESY!!

OKUSA's picture

Is the Pope a Christian?


Thom Paine's picture

There would more chance of the Pope being a rampant pedophile than being a real Chirstian.

MasterControl's picture

The Catholic church is why, statistically, males are victims of rape/molestation more often than women.

ipso_facto's picture

'The Catholic church is why, statistically, males are victims of rape/molestation more often than women.'

Well, plus Muslims of course.

Manthong's picture


On the spot... at the right time.


And... he's a f'n Jesuit which means he is a commie.


ATM's picture

The Pope is a Jesuit.

As a person who attended Jesuit school I used to have to correct people when they suggested that I attended a Catholic institution. I would tell them that I go to a Jesuit school and that Jesuits are not Catholics. They are Communists.

I thought that was well known but maybe they have better publicists than I thought.


WorkingFool's picture

The pope is a Marxist - which is stunning. Christians believe in free will and God. Marxism is just another word for state imposed slavery.

venturen's picture

nope...he is a liberal from a failed a south american country apparently 

post turtle saver's picture

die, fucking papists... and take the moon god worshippers into oblivion with you...

JB Say's picture

Lamenting a drift toward "fundamentalism" aka Christianity

August's picture

>>>Is the pope Catholic?

By the evidence, Bergoglio isn't Christian, Catholic, or Pope.

But at least he's gay-friendly, and fights climate change.  

FWIW, I'm more Catholic than this "pope", and that is damn pitiful.

mike_king's picture

Anyone still a Catholic at this point is nothing but human garbage.

Versengetorix's picture

I think the new phrase is ...."Does the Pope shit in the Church?"

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

Catholic? Communist?

Fukit! Cathmmunist! ...Commulic??

TheProcinctu's picture

The pope is always Catholic.


The question should be:

Is Bergoglio the Pope?




The entire Novus Ordo religion is anti-Catholic. But the Catholic Church still exists...


Fartboxbuffet's picture

Who cares what that faggot mother fuking pope says someone should take him out with a 50 cal while hes driving by in his stupid little fukin fish bowl while hes waving boom head shot now its time ro vet thé rest of your fukin peodoohlies

cornflakesdisease's picture


Titus 1: "They publicly declare that they know God, but they disown him by their works, because they are detestable and disobedient and not approved for good work of any sort."

Stan522's picture

That's a FAKE Pope.....

White Knight's picture

Ding ding ding! Winner! He even refers to himself as the Bishop in Rome rather than the proper title of Pope.  

I believe we have been without a true Pope since the 60's.

Manthong's picture

gee.. John P II Ecu 23?

the night the music died.


Domini.. Domini..  Domini...

You are all Catholic now.


..a gold star on your Social Security check if you can name that tune.

TheProcinctu's picture

John 23 and Paul 6 definately heretics and false popes and ushered in '2nd Vatican Council' which created a new religion.

last pope was Pius XII...1958

Anasteus's picture

Well, he starts getting infuriated as the freemasonic agenda continues decaying. He's a very good indicator of the actual agenda status.

W270's picture

Father Guido Sarducci is more of a Pope that this Marxist.

White Knight's picture

From a real-deal Catholic: Jorge Bergoglio: you may have 95% of Catholics fooled, but I know you are a communist freemason POS. We real Catholics are simmering beneath the surface and you are on borrowed time. Judgment is coming.

Long live Christ the King.

froze25's picture

I don't know any Catholics that support this imposter 

More_sellers_than_buyers's picture

I started dropping F bombs about the commie pope last night.  Raised Catholic so I felt like I shoudnt be saying it as it was coming out, but hey the truth is the truth.  

PT's picture

Jesus said, "You will know them by what they DO."  (He was referring to people in general.)


Read passages in the Bible with phrases such as, "Your kings and businessmen of the world committed fornication with The Great Whore" (can't remember the exact wording but I'm quite sure you can find a couple of passages of that nature in Revelation, perhaps even in other books).  Sometimes I wonder if the meaning would be clearer if it said, "Your kings and businessmen fucked with / were fucked by / fucked The Great Whore".  Then I feel bad for being irreverrent (or however you spell it).  So I understand where you're coming from.

August's picture

Bergoglio has definite support within the Catholic Church:  the unobservant, the stupid and the totally corrupt.

rmopf2010's picture


Bannon "A Supporter Of Apocalyptic Geopolitics" LMAO

The good guys for this pope are the "Castros", "Maduro", "Kirchner" and other commies

May John Paul II who fought comunism V1.0 pray for us in hevaen


shovelhead's picture

Official Vatican Song:

 'Groovy Kind Of Love'.

HardAssets's picture

Gotta always keep a very close eye on those Jesuits

froze25's picture

Jesuits, are never supposed to be Pope to begin with.

Conservative Calitopian's picture

Amen Sir White Knight! Couldn't agree with you more.
Btw: where is Ann Barnhart? The quiet champion of conservative Catholics?..... she's hardcore and fascinating. I'm not Catholic but have much respect for this oldest of Orders. if I recall...

August's picture

It's "" these days.  

Highly recommended to any who wish to understand the current mess in the Catholic Church.

Manthong's picture

..gotta love her and her passion.

blindfaith's picture