“Marco Follini’s analysis is as always lucid and flawless”. Thus the national secretary of the UDC, Lorenzo Cesa, comments on the editorial by Marco Follini, published today on the Adnkronos website, on the decline of the political primacy of Catholics. According to the centrist leader ” at the national level with the crisis of parties and institutions and, at the world level, with globalization, in which, too often, a few large financial groups prevail which, certainly, do not have the interests of the person, a greater commitment of believing Catholics in politics would be desirable “.
“It would be all the more so – says Cesa to Adnkronos – to bring the value of the dignity of the person back to the center, despite the difficulties that Follini highlights well”.
” The DC in 1948 was not a party of Catholics only, let alone if today there is room for a party of Catholics … We need a center, nothing else ”. Giuseppe Gargani, a DC parliamentary historian and current president of the ‘Popular Federation of Christian Democrats’, founded in 2019, is convinced of this. form a center party: “All those parties that have a common cultural sensitivity and strategy must form a center party, because there is a common feeling in this country that goes by the name of centrism”.
“Centrism”, Gargani assures, “is the only one capable of governing. The ‘extremes’ cannot govern. For several years we have been governed by the ‘extremes’, who had the majority ”, but now ” with Draghi is back to centrism and with him the politics of the center and therefore the government … ” Gargani recalls the past to explain the present and clarify that ” the Catholic party has essentially never been in Italy. There was, however, a secular party that had a Catholic and Christian inspiration, supported at first also by the Vatican, which put Sturzo’s political message as a value basis. I am referring to popularism, indeed, to culture. of popularism “. The DC, he recalls, “was born in 1946 -48 and in the meantime could have existed because it had joined popularism”. “Without popularism, Christian Democracy would not have existed,” warns Gargani.
” De Gasperi then – he stresses – understood that the party of Catholics alone would split the country “. Hence” the need to aggregate “. The White Whale was a “Catholic party that brought together all possible worlds. True centrism began, therefore, with De Gasperi when he had an absolute majority. Now – he warns – there is personalism that leads to division”.
“Ever since Berlusconi invented the personal party, everyone has copied him, they have been inspired by the individualism of the Cav, but only he could afford it, because he had a great popular response in the country. Catholics. Just think of my Federation, created in 2019, where 60 Catholic, secular and reformist associations have formally joined, that is, a world of the center extended to the laity also to the left “.
On Catholics in politics, and on the space for a moderate popular center in Italian politics today “I try to distinguish between reason and sentiment”. It is not a literary quote, that of Calogero Mannino at the Adnkronos, but the bitter admission that in his ‘Punto’ published today on the Agency’s website, “Marco Follini is right” about the fact that that experience, linked to the DC , “was an exception”.
“The DC ended for many reasons, and an episode: one of its pieces moved to the left, out of the center, throwing itself into the arms of the heirs of communism. to remain the ‘pivot’ of the intersection between liberalism and European social democracy according to the high inspiration of Leo XIII, concretized in the popularism of Don Sturzo “. The reference to the Pope of the ‘Rerum novarum’ leads the minister of the first Republic several times to touch time and past events.
To reach the conclusion: “Today in politics there is no longer any space for Catholics as a ‘party’: Catholics can choose to go to the Democratic Party, where there is a piece of DC that has chosen to take the back seat of others, or to go in the wake of others, and not by chance at the end of the first Republic, another party made his choice, that of going Silvio Berlusconi “. This does not mean, Mannino specifies, that now they have chosen Salvini or Meloni: “Simply, today Catholics are few, therefore irrelevant, at most fragments can remain in the house of others”.