Ankara (Agenzia Fides) - The campaign unleashed by pro-government Turkish press against Fethullah Gulen - the Turkish Islamic preacher who was expatriated to the United States and indicated by Turkey as the inspiration behind the failed coup of July 15 - continue to profusely repeat unfounded accusations that present Gulen and his Hizmet movement as "trojan horses of the Vatican". In the last week, nationalist Turkish newspapers such as Sabah relaunched the theories by journalist Agil Alesenger in the Sessiz Isgal pamphlet (Silent Invasion) according to whom the Hizmet movement was part of an "infiltration" plan in the Islamic world carried out by the Vatican through the Pontifical Council for interreligious dialogue. As "proof" of such theories – Agenzia Fides learns - the journalist presents the eulogies addressed by Gulen regarding the figure of the Pope, and some phrases extrapolated from pronouncements of John Paul II, in which the Third Millennium was foreshadowed by the Pope as the era of the spread of the Gospel in Asia.
In early August, with even greater fantasy (see Fides 10/9/8/2016), journalist Mine Kirikkanat, in the Cumhuriyet newspaper even went as far as insinuating that Fethullah Gulen could be the Cardinal created "in pectore" by the Polish Pope who died on April 2, 2005.
Even the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople continues to be brought up in the anti-gulenista campaign launched by the nationalist Turkish press. On September 7, the Yeni Safak headlines stressed emphatically the attention and sympathy with which Cihan agency, close to the movement of Fetullah Gulen, followed in the past the vicissitudes of the Theological School of Halki, where for 45 years the Turkish authorities have not allowed any activity of theological formation. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 13/09/2016)