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The Vatican against DDL Zan

In the name of the Concordat

By Gianfranco Gatta

Great blow of the "Corriere della Sera" which first broke the news of the official protest of the Vatican against the DDL Zan, delivered by Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister, to our ambassador to the Papal State, Pietro Sebastiani; the accusation is that of violating some points of the Concordat.

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Following almost all the mass media have titled that it is the first time that a similar event has occurred, that such an interference is inadmissible, that the principle of "Free Church in a free state" is violated and so on; in short, everyone says: "It never happened"!

But when ever! Damnatio memoriae is a chronic disease of this wretched country.

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Without bothering history to remember the work of Pius XII during the Second World Cup and especially after the war, in spite and contempt of the Lateran pacts signed by his predecessor, Pius XI, with Benito Mussolini, it is enough to go back to the chronicle of the 80s when the Vatican Secretariat of State imposed on Fanfani the referendum, which was later lost, on divorce.

Not to mention all the legitimate pressures and not to have the abortion law abolished. The news is full of interference and pressure from the Vatican against the Italian state, for things that you do not like.

The Lateran pacts were confirmed, revised and updated with a new Concordat; it was signed on February 18, 1984 by the Prime Minister Bettino Craxi and the Vatican Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli, in full papacy of John Paul II.

Without getting into tedious technicalities, the official protest concerns the possible risk of the violation of two points of the Concordat by the law that should be under discussion in the Senate. The first concerns the risk of freedom of expression, but article four of the law itself denies this risk.

The second puts at risk the line and educational programs of private and above all parified Catholic schools, with the addition of the introduction of gender identity from elementary school. Here there could be confusion, as many jurists recognize, but it could be objected that in any case a secular state decides autonomously and that Catholic private schools are free to maintain their programs.

It goes without saying that they would lose the status of "equal", with all that would ensue at an economic level. Ah here!

Also in the "Corriere della Sera" the columnist Massimo Franco makes a very accurate analysis of the political alignments on the issue; a right sided in favor of the Vatican thesis is contrasted by a hesitant left that tends to distance itself from what was once the Zingaretti / Conte axis and ready to re-discuss the controversial points.

But he also takes stock of internal conflicts within the Holy See, on the one hand the CEI, which has the blessing of Cardinal Ruini on the other, Monsignor Gallagher himself, considered too soft, too close to Di Maio and above all a trusted man of Bergoglio.

Up to report, judging it as a grotesque thesis, that the official protest is a spite to the Pope. A short note thrown there and dismissed with sarcasm; so why write it?

That Bergoglio is not loved by the Roman Curia has long been known, that he is in contrast with some of the German clergy, so much so that there is talk of a schism is a recent thing, just as the contrast with the American bishops that they carry out every day is known. the crusade against abortion, especially now with Biden as president.

To return to the land of Germany, the offer of resignation to the Pope, presented by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, leader of the diocese of Munich and Freising, caused a sensation. A real earthquake since the Cardinal is a highly progressive man and very close to the Pope.

But the goal of "updating" the doctrine on morals, celibacy, sex, women and family, trying to regain the trust of German Catholics wounded by the scourge of pedophilia has been missed and the German clergy are disappointed by Bergoglio's failure to open up.

This is why Cardinal Walter Brandmuller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, in a recent interview with Franca Giansoldati, for “Il”, speaks of a probable schism.

For Santa Romana Chiesa there is little to be sarcastic in the face of such a panorama.