Evangelicals and conservative Catholics are firing back at the authors of a controversial article highly critical of the faith groups' pro-life and pro-family alliance.
Writing in a prominent Vatican journal, Antonio Spadaro, a close advisor to Pope Francis, skewered conservative Catholics and Evangelicals for their supposed desire to see a theocracy in the United States and abroad, according to Pastor Johnnie Moore
He recalls that the article, which was allowed by the Vatican, claims there is an "ecumenism of hate" from conservative Catholics and Evangelicals.
"And inferred that we're on the path of radicalization, even comparing it to ISIS," Moore says of the article. "I mean, it's an incredibly absurd and incendiary piece, and it's astonishing that it would be approved by the Vatican."
Moore has since fired off a letter to the Pope, asking for a sit-down with the pontiff who is known for his bridge building.
Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute says the alliance with Evangelicals has been good, not just for the preborn and the family but for each faith group.
"Evangelicals have come to understand the Catholic way of argumentation, talking about natural law," he tells OneNewsNow. "And Evangelicals have taught Catholics how to be, well, more evangelical. You find Catholics citing scripture these days."
Philip Lawler of the Catholic World News hopes that Moore's letter will reach the Pope and cause a change of heart.
"I hope that some of the reaction might have gotten through," says Lawler, "particularly the criticisms that this article shows a really abysmal understanding of American political life. It's simply ignorant."