- Feb 27, 2020
Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, who was nominated as Archibishop of Milan by John Paul II and held the post for nearly a decade, has died on Saturday at the age of 83. The cardinal was a moral theologian who contributed to the writing of the encyclical Evangelium Vitae and was for many years considered a possible candidate to becoming pope. As archbishop, Tettamanzi in many ways anticipated the ‘Pope Francis style’ by reaching out to the peripheries and to the marginalized.
American progressives have long recoiled from arguments based on religious freedom, often seeing it as the wars of culture in another guise, but now they are using those arguments themselves to defend social action from tent cities for the homeless to solar panels.