The Archbishop takes a decidedly different line than Pope Francis. From Dorothy Cummings McLean at lifesitenews.com:
ITALY, August 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has written a letter to mothers in Italy, warning them that they must protect their children from corruption by the state.
In his impassioned address, written on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the archbishop endorsed an upcoming parents’ protest in September against the security measures and secular values being imposed on Italian schools.
Viganò reminded mothers that parents have an “inalienable right” and duty to educate their children.
The Archbishop warned that usurpation of the parents’ role is a hallmark of totalitarian regimes, “not of a civil and Christian nation” and stressed that if they permit this, their own values will be rejected.
“It is your duty to raise your voice so that these attempts to steal the education of your children may be denounced and rejected with force because you will be able to do very little for them if your faith, ideas, and culture are judged incompatible with those of an impious and materialistic state.”
He later added that the “idea that children are the property of the state repulses every human person.”
Viganò asserted that the family is the foundation of society and that attempts to demolish it must be denounced. He stressed that the presence of both a mother and a father is “fundamental” to children’s upbringing and decried the exploitation of children by those who assert otherwise.
“You can easily understand the impact of the destruction of the family on the civil consortium,” he added.
“Today we have right before our eyes the results of decades of unfortunate policies that inevitably lead to the dissolution of society.”