Catho-Communists and Revolution

Alberto Melloni and his Bologna School raising eyebrows over giant grants

by Juliana Freitag • ChurchMilitant • July 31, 2017

The John XXIII Foundation for Religious Sciences, headquarters of the liberal Bologna School — the intellectual powerhouse behind the “hermeneutics of rupture” (the interpretation of Vatican II responsible for the Church’s current state of chaos), seems to be benefiting from Alberto Melloni’s acquaintances in the government.

The militant historian and director of the institute is conveniently close to people in power. The Italian Democratic Party is swarmed with adepts of what Italians call “Catho-Communism,” a hybrid of ultra-liberal ideas and Catholicism that was allowed to thrive, owing to the worldwide spread of the Bologna School.

Melloni’s proximity to those in the Vatican and to those in parliament hints at the nefarious web of connections between Italian politicians and Churchmen who share the same goal: revolution in the Church.

The Bologna School’s relationship with power goes way back, but lately, the excessive camaraderie has started to raise suspicions. Last week, the region of Emilia-Romagna directed 1.5 million euros to the foundation — a stunning amount, considering the region’s other 12 research institutions are sharing a mere 500,000 euros. This favoritism towards the organization is so obvious it’s even creating animosity from Italy’s Democratic Party (PD).

“It’s not meritocratic that the John XXIII Foundation alone receives 1.5 million,” complained Dario de Lucia, a PD city councilor. “Father Giuseppe Dossetti [founder of the Foundation and a key figure at Vatican II] always preached on giving to the poor, not behaving like this.”

Silvia Prodi, who recently left the PD to form her own party, called the grant “unjustifiable.” She also accused the Bologna School of “having a problem with transparency.” Considering that Silvia Prodi is the niece of former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, a friend and admirer of Fr. Dossetti and who used to be a member of the John XXIII Foundation’s Board of Auditors, it’s likely that Silvia Prodi may have enough information to substantiate her statement.

Last April, Melloni’s institute was also under scrutiny for receiving 250,000 euros from a private Bologna bank, Carisbo, where Melloni is a member of the administrative board. The historian, constantly concerned with the poor, is an admirer of Liberation Theology (which he sees “personalized in Pope Francis”) and declared that he “did not see any conflict of interest” and didn’t seem to mind the fact that other board members publicly objected to the grant. As the unwritten rule of the Left goes, no funding is ever off-limits for the spokesmen of the poor and the oppressed.

At the end of 2015, La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana began to publish a series of reports with the details of an investigation regarding the approval of a bill of the Italian Ministry of Education that would hand out 3 million euros for “Religious Sciences Research Infrastructures.” Given that Alberto Melloni was an advisor to then-Minister of Education Stefania Giannini, should we be astonished that of all centuries-old Catholic institutions in Italy, the foundation was the one chosen to receive the supergrant?

The Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE), which works closely with the Ministry of Education, is unaware of the existence of the term “Religious Sciences Research Infrastructures.” The only other time this nomenclature has ever been used was in 2014, when the Ministry of Education granted 400,000 euros to the John XXIII Foundation, which means they are the sole “Religious Sciences Research Infrastructure.” If being “recognized as a Religious Sciences Research Infrastructure” was an indispensable condition to access the call, does that mean this project was custom-made for Melloni’s institution? The Ministry of Education never replied to La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana’s questioning of what and who officially defines a “Religious Sciences Research Infrastructure.”

The cherry on this cake of coincidences is the fact that a member of the Ministry of Education’s judging committee for the grant was Vincenzo Pacillo, professor of Canon Law at the University of Reggio-Modena — the same university where Melloni currently teaches History of Christianity. The two have been seen together on more than one occasion, including an appearance on a national radio show for a discussion on religious liberty.

Melloni recently weighed in on close friend Antonio Spadaro’s controversial and highly criticized article on American Catholicism (which targeted Church Militant as an allegedly ultraconservative, rightwing outfit), affirming in La Repubblica that the Vatican Secreteriat of State himself vetted and approved Spadaro’s hypocritical babble. Melloni also accused so-called American “Catholic integralists” (a term used by Spadaro to attack orthodox Catholics) of “willing to provide the powerful with good works according to the market price.”

We wonder when La Civiltà Cattolica and Melloni himself will call down Catho-Communists for their manipulation of Christian symbols to impose an ultraliberal agenda — with the unapologetic use of public funds.

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  1. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Emotional and overbearing SJWs asserting their alleged superiority and the intellectual powerhouse behind the modernist “hermeneutics of rupture”… analyze using your usual superior Vulcan logic which we no longer call “superior” in order to avoid being accused of excessive rigidity and neo-Pelagian triumphalism by sensitive liberals and modernist SJWs who might find displays of Aristotelian logic to be triggering events and microaggressions creating a hostile environment due to lack of familiarity with logical reasoning as a result of progressive curriculum changes since the 1960s…

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. While there has, indeed, been a decline in the study of logic in institutions of higher education in the neo-Hegelian dialectic since Vatican II, for postmodern liberal SJWs, perhaps a retreat into naïve feelings of moral superiority with self-righteous and emotivist virtue signaling establishes a sense of comfort, security, and protection denied them in their single-parent households.

    Captain Kirk: Hmmmm. What about the hysteria of the overly sensitive snowflakes pushing the PC nonsense and absurdity like infantile crybabies? I understand that progressive modernist SJWs are attacking American conservative Catholics.

    Spock: Even when they believe the Marxist dialectic is on their side, snowflakes, like crybabies, require tender, loving care, Captain. If you will permit me to consult the ship’s computer, I will search for the proper course of action for their therapy.

    Captain Kirk: But why are modernist SJWs in Rome attacking American Catholics who happen to be more conservative?

    Sulu: Perhaps they are too oppressed by white male privilege and Western bourgeois patriarchy, Captain.

    Captain Kirk: Well…

    Hans Küng: I would like to address that…

    Captain Kirk; What about it, Mister Spock? Is Western male patriarchy oppressing them too much?

    Dr. Bones McCoy: Horse feathers, Jim! He’s been reading Saul Alinsky. He’s probably been a Commie all along, sent in to spy on us.

    Spock: I would have to recuse myself on that question. However, I must tell you, Jim,
    that I am no longer hiding my joy.

    Kwai Chang: Mister Spock is no longer hiding his joy, Master.

    Captain Kirk: Well, that’s good news. What happened, Spock, did you meet up with a Vulcan girlfriend?

    Spock: It was the strangest thing, Captain. I found out what my Enneagram number is.

    Dr. Bellows: His Enneagram number?

    Captain Kirk: Oh. Well, meeting up with a Vulcan girlfriend would have made for a more exciting script. Let’s call Gene to discuss changing the ending of the episode.

    Jeannie: I could arrange a different ending to the story for Mister Spock and Captain Kirk, if they would wish it.

    Major Healey: Oh, I think we better ask Tony before you go blinking things around on the Enterprise.

    Spock: Is there time for an old 1960s Social Justice Warrior folk song?

    Captain Kirk: How about “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” or “Rocket Man”? Just to warm things up…

  2. Chekov: But, Captain, Pope Francis only wishes to respond to the issues of social justice and class struggle affecting the proletariat and oppressed masses under the weight of bourgeois decadence and alienation. He has to make an appeal to Bolshevik and Alinskyite modernists who embrace Liberation theology as part of the Revolution.

    Sulu: Lieutenant Chekov has a valid point, Captain.

    Dr. Bones McCoy: I told you – he’s a Commie, Jim.

    Chekov: Did I say something wrong, Captain? Surely since the French Revolution modernists and progressives have sought to alleviate the ordeal of the oppressed.

    Dr. Bones McCoy: Are you going to listen to that Communist subversion, Jim?

    Captain Kirk: It’s alright, Bones. Let’s give Spock a chance to reason with them. Then, if Spock can establish a connection on the logical level, perhaps some common sense will break through to them.

    Spock: I could attempt a diplomatic dialogue, outlining the principles of Classical Liberalism, Captain.

    Dr. Bones McCoy: It must be some kind of Maoist hypnotic programming, Jim.
    I’ve never seen a reaction like this before.

    Captain Kirk: He’s flipping out. Like he’s going out of his freakin’ mind. Did the election of Trump cause this? Mister Spock! Analyze….

    Spock: It could be an episode of homosexual panic, Captain. Brought on by your critical questioning of progressive SJW doctrine, threatening his ideological consensus, ego, and masculinity.

    Captain Kirk: You’ve been reading Freud, haven’t you?

    Spock: Don’t forget Jung, Wilhelm Reich, and Erich Fromm.

    Captain Kirk: I see. Where did Bones go, Spock? He was just here a minute ago.

    Dr. Bones McCoy: It’s alright, Jim. Meet my new friends. They’ve converted me to liberalism, multiculturalism, moral relativism, and the post-structuralist metrosexual lifestyle popularized by Generation X and postmodern millennials.

    Captain Kirk: Mister Spock…Dr. McCoy overcome by voluptuous snowflakes and converted to dissembling SJW ideology and jargon…analyze….

    Spock: The methods of Communist subversion often include the use of honey traps, Captain.

    Scotty: Have you tried givin’ him a couple of bloody shots of whisky, Captain?

    Captain Kirk: Spock, maybe Bones will be more relaxed as a liberal metrosexual…

  3. Chekov: But, Captain, it is well known that Pope Francis is a typical representative of Latin American populism. He must be responsive to issues of social justice and class antagonisms in order to appeal to the Alinskyites, Marxists, and Trotskyite revisionists in his order who follow Liberation Theology. Otherwise, they would conclude that he does not take the social problems from bourgeois decadence and capitalistic alienation seriously, and would stand accused of appeasing traditionalists and bourgeois reactionaries who are blocking the Revolution.

    Captain Kirk: What about that, Mister Spock? The Pope giving a back hand to the bourgeois reactionaries holding back the Revolution….analyze using your superior Vulcan logic but just be careful not to call it “superior” to avoid triggering overly sensitive liberals, snowflakes, and SJWs who might interpret that as a microaggression requiring retreat into a safe space.

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. While a complete study of Alinskyite dialectic affecting the Church would require a more thorough analysis, it is possible that Bishop Sorondo is the Rasputin of the Bergoglian court.

    Captain Kirk: Rasputin?

    Sulu: On behalf of all Social Justice Warriors, I challenge you to a duel, Captain.

    Spock: There has been some discontent among progressives of the ship’s crew, Captain.

    Captain Kirk: Couldn’t they just pass out sock puppets and cuddly stuffed animals in safe spaces?

    Kwai Chang: I thought Captain Kirk was an egalitarian and Social Justice Warrior, Master. A man of high principles and liberal ideals who admired Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves in accord with justice.

    Master Po: Ah, Grasshopper, and what is justice?

    Spock: Fascinating. A concern with the problem of tyranny was the focus of quite a few episodes of the original series in the 1960s, Captain. You may recall in “Plato’s Stepchildren” how the kironide mineral provided the Platonians with their special telekinetic powers which were misused in violation of the classical principles of justice….

    Captain Kirk: Yes, yes. Very interesting. Mister Spock! Apply the Vulcan grip to Sulu and Chekov. There’ll be no mutiny aboard my ship. We can’t have passive-aggressive SJWs popping off and undermining my authority.

    Doctor Gillian Taylor: What about the whales, Captain?

    Captain Kirk: What?

    Doctor Gillian Taylor: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Saving the whales.

    Spock: You did help save some whales, Jim.

    Captain Kirk: Saving the whales?

    Doctor Gillian Taylor: George and Gracie. Gracie, the pregnant whale. Remember?

    Captain Kirk: That was only a movie.

    Gillian Taylor: We had pizza. You showed me your outer space cellphone.

    Captain Kirk: That was in the ’80s.

    Chekov: I was injured on an Amerikanski naval wessel.

    Captain Kirk: Chekov was there? What about Uncle Henry, Auntie Em, the Scarecrow and the Munchkins?

    Gillian: Don’t you remember saving the whales?

    Captain Kirk: What were we doing in 1980s California?

    Gillian: You saved the whales.

    Spock: As I recall, you claimed that I was some old hippie from Berkeley connected with the free speech movement….

  4. Star Trek: Boldly spreading Social Justice where no men have gone before

    Captain Kirk: But Spock, the Prime Directive! Can we be the crypto-Communist Social Justice Warriors of the galaxy? Doesn’t that go against the Non-Interference Directive? And Spock, I didn’t save the whales.

    Mr. Spock: Jim, I have to be honest with you. You did save the whales. You did introduce interracial kissing on TV in “Plato’s Stepchildren,” and offered advanced means of birth control to the overpopulated planet Gideon after you inadvertently infected that girl from the planet with a deadly disease. Jim, you have a kissing problem.

    Captain Kirk: I’m not a crypto Communist. I’m not a crypto Communist! Help, Spock!

    Guinan: Thank you, Captain Kirk. We’ll take up where you left off.

  5. Spock: You may recall, Captain, episode #59 “And the Children Shall Lead” in 1968 in which the Enterprise discovers a group of children on the planet Triacus endowed with unusual psychokinetic mental powers by a strange glowing humanoid apparition named Gorgan who directs them to seize control of the Enterprise and its crew, chanting,, “As you believe, so shall you do, so shall you do.”

    Captain Kirk: A mind control cult of juvenile delinquents….

    Chekov: They were orphans, Captain. Victims of bourgeois alienation and self-estrangement. Refugees and exiles from a capitalistic system dominated by Cartesian dualism.

    Captain Kirk: Orphans? On planet Triacus ?

    Spock: Who are tamed by a re-assertion of adult, parental authority.

    Captain Kirk: In loco parentis.

    Spock: A principle of Aristotelian authority which hardly fits the stereotype of progressive 1960s youth liberation celebrated by Frankfurt School social engineers.

    Jim Anderson: Father knows best.

    Ward Cleaver: What’s wrong with that?

    Dr. Helen Noel: Surely you remember the Christmas party, Captain?

    Captain Kirk: Christmas party?

    Dr. Tristan Adams: Sure, you remember the Christmas party, don’t you, Captain?

    Dr. Gillian Taylor: Alright. Who is she? I’ve had enough with two-timing con artists…

    Captain Kirk: But why were you dressed like a hippie from Berkeley who took too much LDS in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home?

    Gillian: Don’t you remember? By the mid ’80s, the aging liberal hippie still recovering from the 1960s was a standard archetype.

    Mr. Keaton: I’ve never heard that before, Alex.

    Dennis: Me neither, man…

    Spock: Is that what you meant?

    Spock: It would appear to be what the Captain has described as an aging liberal hippie from the 1960s psychedelic counter-culture on your home planet during final phases of the decline of Western civilization.

    Dennis: He’s got plans for you, man.

    Captain Kirk: We always have plans. I didn’t know we would have to save the whales in the ’80s when we were dealing with Plato’s Stepchildren. When we were saving the whales in the ’80s I didn’t know that neurotic snowflakes and SJWs would be heckling me on Twitter in 2017. Go figure.

    Spock: The oil light is flashing, Captain. We should look for a service station before we get to Orion.

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