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Italian cardinal: ‘populism does not solve problems’

January 19, 2017

In a recent meeting with journalists, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa said that populism is not the answer to the problems facing Europe.

The prelate is president of the Italian Episcopal Conference and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences.

Populism “is not an answer to the problems and challenges of our time,” he said. “It takes advantage of and feeds on discontent, but cannot control it. Instead, we need a new synthesis, a global vision to look to the future with hope.”

 
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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Jan. 20, 2017 2:22 PM ET USA

    "look to the future with hope". The future belongs to the fertile.

  • Posted by: Canonigo Regular - Jan. 19, 2017 8:12 PM ET USA

    Not to support "populism" uncritically, but in Europe "globalism" has turned out to mean "elitism" where the people have no say in their government. We have been experiencing something of this in the USA with the soon-to-be former president and the Supreme Court often overriding the legislative process. We the people have looked to populism to get their democracy back. We'll see what happens. Maybe the cardinal will be interested in the outcome.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jan. 19, 2017 6:49 PM ET USA

    I think we've seen enough "elitism" to last several lifetimes and Brussels is a shining example of a major disconnect.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 19, 2017 12:03 PM ET USA

    I respectfully disagree with his Eminence. I find "populism" to be much more compatible with God-given dignity and liberty of each and every human being, than a "global vision."