It is difficult to imagine the “Ratzingerian Church” which sanctifies integral environmentalism. It is difficult to imagine the center-left of the First Republic that fully embraces the pontifical line. The situation has changed quickly. The dialogue started in the sunlight. Then the harmony became more evident: Greta Thunberg is a “great witness of the Church’s teaching on the environment, environmental care and personal care”. To say it was Cardinal Peter Turkson, who for the Vatican also deals with many issues related to management of migration phenomena, another decisive focus for the delimitation of the political field: those who are not always open to welcoming migrants are included in the “sovereign” ranks. Although it may be a simplification.
There summain some way it can be identified in the ecumenical experience of brother Enzo Bianchi. Today at the center of a “hunt” that makes you discuss. A democratic Catholicism that in bioethics is willing to discuss: on the biological testament and on civil unions, for example. Yes, because not only the laity share the fideistic cause, but Catholics also share the ideological one of the “new left”.
To notice it, on the pages of The truthwas the economist Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, former president of the IOR during the reign of Benedict XVI. The triangulation between very different base hemispheres is getting stronger. Wanting to use football terminology, that between a certain leftist secularism and a certain Catholicism now resembles tiki-taka, a continuous exchange. Francesco has announced a year for the protection of the environment, marrying the ecological cause. Environmental leaders, even those in politics, willingly quote the former archbishop of Buenos Aires as a reference. On the left you may not belong to the Catholic Church but, considering the lines of pastoral care, it is difficult not to appear in the “political Bergoglio”.
How not to mention, then, the sympathies felt by theological progressivism towards the “sardines”, another movement that some Church willingly supports. For some clergymen, “sardines” can even be associated with “early Christians”. Another sympathy that can also be interpreted in an “anti-populist” key. Ettore Gotti Tedeschi points out that some consecrated person started to cite Rousseau. The local grillini of the platform will be happy, but even the proponent of the “social contract” would not be a natural reference to Catholicism. An evolution is underway.
The common horizon could have been “The Economy of Francis”, an appointment that should have been held in Assisi, but which was postponed due to the pandemic by SarsCov2. On that occasion, Bergoglio could have insisted on “universal income”. A proposal also shared by American donkeys, with the ex candidate Andrew Yang who had included him in the electoral program. It can apply to the whole world, but also to the States, where certainly progressive Catholicism prefers the believer but elastic Joe Biden to Trumpian “sovereignism”. The alliance is not local, but global.
In recent weeks, Cardinal Robert Sarah has warned the Church about the need not to be afraid of being a minority. Ratzinger also said so, speaking of “creative minority”. In perspective, however, there seems to be above all the overlap or at the limit the proximity to a political party that has no intention of not being a majority.