8/24/2019

The Vatican: Midwife of a Salvini government?

"What’s next for Italy? It’s difficult to imagine a true alternative. A new left-wing government could not ignore the sheer numbers of the Five Star Movement. A new right-wing government could not be other than supportive of the League’s agenda, which made it the single largest party in Italy in the last EU elections and all recent polls.

And what about the Church? In this decade the Italian Church, while officially neutral and apolitical, vocally opposes League policy, particularly on immigration. But it offers no opposition to its interventionist economic schemes. Both the cultural institutions of the Italian Church and the League promote a similar Keynesian agenda. One of the most influential economists in the Vatican today is Joseph Stiglitz, who is also one of the League’s favorites. That’s why most Catholics agree with Pope Francis and with the League on economics."