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Over the weekend, Italy's rising Conservative Party swept the national elections, choosing a Catholic mother to be the nation's first female prime minister.
Church Militant's Aidan O'Connor takes a closer look at a hostile response from the clergy.
Shortly after the Italian people elected Giorgia Meloni as their new prime minister, members of the Catholic clergy began to voice opposition to the conservative leader.
Director of La Civiltà Cattolica, Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro, released part of an upcoming article blasting Italian politics as "bipolar," calling for a more centrist and moderate approach.
Father Spadaro and his magazine are considered the unofficial mouthpiece of the Vatican due to his proximity to Pope Francis — a fellow Jesuit.
In 2017, Spadaro accused Church Militant of engaging in a so-called ecumenism of hate with allies of President Donald Trump.
In response to the Sunday election victory, president of the Italian Bishops' Conference Cdl. Matteo Zuppi harshly warned Meloni he would promote the common good and not personal interests.
Cardinal Zuppi noted the Church would defend "inviolable rights of the person and the community," mentioning immigrants but not the unborn.
Faithful Catholics should note the cardinal has reportedly condoned homosexual unions by the Church and later lied about it when confronted by an Italian Catholic newspaper.
This, while according to recent numbers, 6,171,132 Italian babies have been murdered in their mothers' wombs since Italy legalized abortion in 1978.
Meloni keeps her pro-family and pro-life views no secret, blasting gender ideology.
Giorgia Meloni, president, Brothers of Italy:
Why is the family an enemy? Why is the family so frightening? There is a single answer to all these questions: Because it defines us. Because it is our identity. Because everything that defines us is now an enemy for those who would like us to no longer have an identity. I can't define myself as Italian, Christian, woman, mother, no.
Italians — however — are cautious of lauding Meloni.
During China virus, Meloni got behind abortion-tainted jabs and lockdowns.
But, given the growing tentacles of globalism gripping Europe, conservatives are happy to have a leader who trumpets their cause.