Edit: as reported in Wiki, Sylvia Poggiolo of NPR has Communist parents who founded the Mazzini League, named after the evil Freemason and father of morern Italy, Giuseppe Mazzini. Therefore, it's really not shocking she's well sympathetic to Bergoglio's Communist inclinations, and hostile to actual Catholics and even fellow Masonic types like George Weigel, who pose as Catholics giving the media a tame opponent whose synthetic Catholic image they can contrast to their own beliefs. From the article:
JAMES ALTMAN: You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat, period. Their party platform absolutely is against everything the Catholic Church teaches. Repent of your support of that party and its platform or face the fires of hell.
POGGIOLO: That's Father James Altman of La Crosse, Wis., in a video uploaded to YouTube last August and seen more than a million times. Not all conservative Catholics sound so apocalyptic about Democrats, but they're critical of Biden. In a podcast last month with a conservative think tank, George Weigel, who has written extensively about the Catholic Church, said the new president is a professed Catholic who, in his personal piety, seems quite sincere. But...
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GEORGE WEIGEL: Mr. Biden is an incoherent Catholic. And incoherent Catholics should not be presenting themselves for Holy Communion as if they were living in full communion with the church.
POGGIOLO: As both Francis and Biden ignore their Catholic critics, presidential historian Timothy Naftali sees potential parallels with 60 years ago at the peak of the Cold War. Six months after the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the precipice of nuclear annihilation, Pope John XXIII issued an encyclical. Addressed not just to Catholics but to all people of goodwill, it called for peacemaking through negotiation. A week later, citing the document in a major speech, President John Kennedy was able to win domestic support for a nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviet Union. Naftali says both the Pope and Biden believe climate change is today's existential threat, and they can work together.
TIMOTHY NAFTALI: These are two leaders powerful in different realms. That's an opportunity. And it's not an opportunity that comes every generation.
POGGIOLO: Amidst so much disinformation on the coronavirus pandemic and on vaccines, Naftali says these two prominent Catholics could also help convince more people that science and faith are not mutually exclusive.
Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.