During an exclusive interview with Breitbart News’ Raheem Kassam, a Catholic writer, and expert on Latin American issues Dr. Christopher Manion says: “Bannon’s comments gave Cardinal [Dolan] heartburn because Bannon’s right.”
“The Catholic Catechism (N. 2241.2) says that immigration policy belongs with ‘political authorities’, not Bishops. Good Catholics can disagree with Bishops on immigration, and Bannon does,” Manion says. “Cardinal Dolan says he’s insulted because Bannon mentions money. Well, the Bishops get a billion dollars a year from the federal government. That’s real money, even in D.C., and if the Bishops think they’re getting it because they’re such good guys – well, they’re the only folks in Washington who are.”
A Polish-American historian, who was on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council for five years, agrees with Bannon on the issue of immigration, something which is notable considering Poland is a majority Catholic nation at the center of the immigration debate.
Poland has high relevance in this debate considering it has repeatedly rejected calls from the European Union to take in tens of thousands of Muslim migrants.
“The Catholic leaders lead no more, except to repeat the mantras of their counterparts elsewhere in the West. Meanwhile, the grassroots see clearly where kumbaya theories, e.g. open borders, lead to,” Marek Jan Chodakiewicz told Breitbart London.
“Today the Bishops’ number one issue is not abortion – it’s amnesty for illegal aliens,” Manion says. “Here again, Bannon embarrasses them.”
Manion insinuates the amnesty approach by Bishops could simply come down to them wanting the declining Catholic churches in America to be full again.
“The Pew Trust says that thirty million Catholics have left the pews. Who’s going to fill them? Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, the Bishops’ point man on amnesty, is blunt: Hispanics should fill them. Most are Catholic and hold “deep conservative values,” he says. “Apparently the Americans who oppose amnesty are selfish racists. One bishop actually calls them ‘Pharisees and hypocrites’.”
“America’s Catholic Bishops want what Gómez calls ‘the Next America’ – a Hispanic one,” he adds.
Filling American churches, the monetary gain Bishops receive from the federal government and the opposition to strong border policies are all possible factors which contribute to the Bishops support for the DACA.
However, according to Manion, politics also plays a role.
“Look, the Bishops expected Hillary to win,” he explained to Breitbart. “Obama gave them hundreds of millions a year to care for immigrants and illegals and refugees, and Hillary would have kept the party going. With Trump, a drop in illegals and refugees means a drop in funding, it’s that simple.”
Chodakiewicz brings in the European perspective on immigration from the view of Poland.
“The Church globally is in disarray; let your communications be yeah, yeah, nay, nay seems no longer to apply. That is a global trend,” he says. “[The] good news is that in Poland at the grass roots, the parish clergy stays true to the mission. It believes in One, Holy, Catholic Church. And so do its followers. Therefore there is no way they will agree to what they see as the primacy of relativistic liberalism [and] a Muslim invasion to dominate Christendom.”
“So in their churches, they continue to preach the Truth. The priests, nuns, and their spiritual cares comment widely upon the pathologies afflicting the West, including Marxism-Lesbianism and, yes, Muslim migrants. Most Poles want neither,” he concludes.
Cardinal Dolan appeared on SiriusXM in a radio interview and responded to Bannon’s comments which claimed the Bishops had an economic interest in illegal immigration.
“You might imagine I was rather befuddled to see it,” Dolan said during the interview. “I don’t really wanna care to go into what I think is a preposterous and rather insulting statement that the only reason we Bishops care for immigrants is for the economy because we want to fill our churches and get more money. That’s insulting and that’s just so ridiculous that it doesn’t merit a comment.”
Manion says, however, “…Cardinal Dolan’s remark… carefully does not deny what Bannon said. In fact, Dolan admitted the silence to the Wall Street Journal – he said Bishops had “laryngitis” on the magisterial teaching.”
During the 60 Minutes interview, on the subject of the Bishops and illegal aliens, Bannon said: “As much as I respect Cardinal Dolan and the Bishops on doctrine, this is not doctrine. This is not doctrine at all. I totally respect the Pope and I totally respect the Catholic Bishops and Cardinals on doctrine. This is not about doctrine. This is about the sovereignty of a nation. And in that regard, they’re just another guy with an opinion.”
“Bannon is exactly right,” Manion says. “The immigration crusade is not ‘magisterial’ – and the Bishops don’t preach what is magisterial”.
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