From the Catholic Herald
|Italian Interior Minister and Deputy PM Matteo Salvini |
Famiglia Cristiana's description of the Italian Interior Minister is an extraordinary personal attack
As I predicted back in March, we are in for a long period of Church and State conflict in Italy. The voters have elected an anti-immigration government, despite the Church’s admonition that they should in fact welcome migrants. The Church for its part was never quite clear as to whether this welcome was to be extended just to refugees, or to all migrants. And now, as this magazine reports, Italy’s largest circulation magazine, Famiglia Cristiana, which is published by the Pauline order, has likened Matteo Salvini, the leader of the League, and the minister of the Interior, to Satan, at which he is understandably annoyed. This represents a quite astonishing personal attack, especially as the Church has been nothing but nice to some politicians noted for their anti-life stance, like Emma Bonino, for example. No one on either side has thought to dial down the rhetoric and try to find a modus vivendi, it seems.