Why is France’s president courting the Church? Samuel Gregg, Catholic Herald Friday, April 20, 2018 Like many things to do with Emmanuel Macron, the answers are complicated. In the first place, Macron sees himself as a transformational figure for France. To the extent that Macron’s public outreach to Catholics challenges the status quo, it fits with his emphasis on turning a page in French history – especially given the problematic presence of militant Islam in French society today.. © 2018 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own. Comment on this column at: Facebook Twitter Comments are closed.