Two associates of Pope Francis accused conservative American Catholics of creating an alliance of "hate" with evangelical Christians to support President Trump, according to a report Wednesday.
Writing in what the New York Times called a "Vatican-vetted" journal, the authors identify Steve Bannon, Trump's chief's strategist, as a "supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics" who has thwarted action against climate change and exploited fears of immigrants and Muslims with calls for "walls and purifying deportations."
In an email to the Times, Bannon acknowledged the journal's authors "lit me up."
The journal was published last month in La Civiltà Cattolica, and it's unclear if the pope approved of the content, the Times said.
The authors were the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, described as a confidant of Francis who edits the journal; and Marcelo Figueroa, an Argentine Presbyterian minister who is a friend of the pope.
They contend that American evangelicals and ultraconservative Catholics may taint the Roman Catholic faith with an ideology intended to impose "religious influence in the political sphere." They suggest these groups use the issues of abortion and religious liberty to replace secularism with a "theocratic type of state."