A just view of justice cannot be weighed on the basis of a mere narrative. The former premier Giuseppe Contejust a few days ago he presented himself again as a “democratic Catholic”.
Then a specification already pronounced in the past:“My background is democratic Catholicism, my heart beats to the left”, the former prime minister said in his televised debut as leader of 5 Star Movement a A clean sweep. A performance, however, seasoned with not exactly exciting data.
Conte 3.0 is therefore a political exponent who wants to steer the grillism towards the Catholicism. But are the ideas, the battles and the attitude of the pentastellates compatible with the Catholic vision of politics and public commitment? Are justicialism and a certain extremist idea of justice, for example, foreseen by the social doctrine? We wanted to interview Dr. Alfredo Mantovano, vice-president of the Rosario Livatino Study Center, former undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior and former parliamentarian.
Former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says he is a democratic Catholic. We will see a flood of slogans. Are narratives so credible?
“The commitment of the Catholic in institutions is something much more serious than slogans, effective phrases, do-gooders and good intentions. It is not even measured by the number of Masses they attend or shrines to which one goes on pilgrimage. , for a Christian the sacraments are essential, but they belong to his intimate sphere: for the public sphere concrete gestures are necessary. , of criteria of judgment and directives of action by which to orient political action. The difficulty in facing the concrete and complex choices that daily life imposes is evident, but on the fundamentals the margin of error is reduced. As CS Lewis teaches , “the good know both good and evil. The bad know neither one in the other.” Correct discernment is the inescapable starting point. “
But is justicialism in grill sauce compatible with the idea of Catholic justice?
“It is no coincidence that the Church has recently proclaimed a magistrate, Rosario Livatino, blessed: it had never happened in modern times. Which means that he indicated an example of coherence within the institutions. As a PM, one day he was called for an inspection: a Mafia boss had been killed. In front of the body, the Carabinieri officer accompanying Rosario felt a surge of satisfaction, one less … worst criminals in the area: ‘Captain – he told him – in the face of death those who believe pray, those who do not believe keep quiet!’ For Livatino, even the perpetrator of the most serious crimes remains a man, whose dignity demands respect. his office on August 15th to have a release carried out, and to those who – not enthusiastic about going to work that day – objected that, being a holiday, the term expired the next day, he replied that it was unimaginable to keep even a single person in prison 24 hours more “.
It seems like a cornerstone of a guarantor attitude …
“Beyond the proclamations, what comes out of such a bright example is far from the presumptions of guilt that often accompanied – and still accompany – those who received a guarantee information, or from the claim to keep on trial with the duration indefinite of the prescription “.
Then the grillina approach in bioethics was never clear. Think about the next probable referendums …
“The Christian’s firm opposition to euthanasia or to ‘legal’ drugs does not derive from confessional positions, but from respect for man. That respect requires us to support suffering by stabilizing an illness when it cannot be cured, or by delaying its effects when it advances, or circumscribing the pain with palliative care when there are no other alternatives, always guaranteeing an affective closeness, compassion exactly means “suffering with” “.
What about the liberalization of cannabis?
“That respect pushes us to counter the opportunities for weakening of awareness and self-awareness deriving from drug use, and to go to the root of the discomfort that sometimes pushes us to get out of responsibility. Who promotes the” easy “path of death on demand. and drugs accessible without obstacles are placed in an anthropological dimension that is radically alternative to the natural and Christian one “.
On the Zan Ddl, again, Conte has chosen the Letta line: that of the “no” to dialogue
“Even recently Pope Francis has warned against ‘ideological colonization’, an expression that he uses to describe gender ideology and its imposition in widespread culture, and even at school. It is not a question of denying rights, it is a question of stemming liquid models, which make us lose sight of the nature of man, of the profound distinction between man and woman, of equal dignity and mutual enrichment. It is a question of wondering what future awaits a social body whose cultural and political opinion leaders point to exemplarity of lives full of “new” rights claimed and real duties denied, of children rejected, or at the other extreme bought with surrogacy, of elderly and disabled placed on the margins, waiting for the lethal drug that ensures sweet death “.
So how should a democratic Catholic act in politics?
“Those who intend to direct their commitment to institutions in the light of the Church’s social doctrine cannot avoid the question of how to face this future: without pinning badges on their jackets or boasting pathetic collateralism”.