- Jan 18, 2020
Although no place on earth is more interesting in terms of the intersection of Catholicism and politics than Italy, there’s good reason to think that neither Pope Francis nor the Italian bishops may have a clear favorite in the 2018 elections.
Church leaders have spoken up in defense of NGOs operating search and rescue missions for migrants in the Mediterranean, calling for the creation of safe channels for refugees who wish to come to Italy and criticizing some of the provisions within the ‘code of conduct’ that the state asked NGOs to sign in order to continue their work at sea.
The Secretary General of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, received backlash from the country’s far right and left political parties over a new law that would grant immigrant minors and children born in Italy a chance at legal citizenship.
Italy’s new Prime Minister, known as the “cold one,” could easily disappear as the roller-coaster of Italian politics continues, but he brings key assets to the job, including a deep understanding of Catholic tradition, a family history of strong Vatican ties, and a Pope Francis- style outlook on wars of culture.