...“I invite you to live your faith with great freedom, never believing that there is a single form of political commitment for Catholics: a Catholic party,” the pope told a delegation of young Latin Americans from the Academy of Catholic Leaders Monday. “A Catholic party no longer works.”
“In politics, it is better to have a polyphony inspired by the same faith and composed of different sounds and instruments than a dull, monotonous melody that is seemingly correct but homogenizing and neutralizing,” he added. “No, it’s not the way.”...
There are a few small groups which consider themselves to be "Catholic" political movements; usually they advocate for monarchy, not republican-parliamentary forms of government, and as a result they are not particularly influential. In the USA, the Catholic vote leans Democrat but since JFK died, the Republican Party has gained a lot of ground. However, neither party has a consistent "Catholic" platform by any stretch of the imagination.
This Pope's "politics," however, appear to be largely "liberation theology", which is a thinly-disguised neo-Communist theo-philosophical construct condemned by John Paul II. Neumayr has a few things to say about Francis' orientation:
...His mentor was Esther Ballestrino de Careaga who was a very fervent Communist. Francis has acknowledged that he had teachers who were Communists who influenced him. I point out in my book that he also met with the widow of Paulo Freire, the author of the book The Pedagogy of the Oppressed which is a classic of the Socialist left in Latin America.
MH: Which practical acts as pope show that Pope Francis actively supports Marxist or revolutionary movements?GN: I document in the book all of the liberation theologians whom Pope Francis has rehabilitated. Leonardo Boff is at the top of the list. He is an openly Socialist priest who left the priesthood but who is now in the good graces of the Vatican so much so that he was a counselor to the papal encyclical Laudato si. He also reinstated to the priesthood the Communist priest Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann from Nicaragua who is still in touch with President Daniel Ortega. That priest has now resumed his Communist polemics....
Were a "Catholic" party to arise, it would likely shove Francis' neo-Communist teachings into the dustbin of history. This is his fear, as it is the fear of the "St Gall Mafia", a Communist cell operating at very high levels in the Church.
No wonder he doesn't want a "Catholic" party. Some speculate that he doesn't want a Catholic Church, either, but that's another blog post.
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