We have $161,864 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Journal article shows Vatican acceptance of St. Egidio community's diplomatic influence

Catholic World News - December 29, 2011

An article in the Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica on the St. Egidio community shows the considerable influence of that Catholic movement, as well as the limits of Vatican enthusiasm, the Italian daily L’Espresso. The contents of La Civilta Cattolica are approved in advance by the Vatican Secretariat of State, so the journal is regarded as a semi-official organ of the Vatican. The fact that the article lauds the diplomatic activities of St. Egidio is particularly noteworthy, since the lay group works independently, although the Secretariat of State operates in the same sphere.

However the article in La Civilta Cattolica is also revealing in another respect. A longer version of the same piece was previously published in a German publication. The version that was vetted by the Secretariat of State dropped sections that emphasized the support of Pope John Paul II for the St. Egidio community, and the group’s enthusiasm for the late Pontiff’s inter-religious initiatives at Assisi.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($161,864 to go):
$200,000.00 $38,135.72
81% 19%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A secret plot to control the Synod? No; it's not secret at all. 18 hours ago
What about Catholic affirmation for those in false marriages? 20 hours ago
Free eBook: Pope Francis' Catechesis on the Family October 7
The headlines say Gov. Brown is Catholic. He says he's not sure what that means. October 7
Archbishop predicts Synod won't change Church teaching. Why am I not reassured? October 7

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5