Steve Bannon: ‘the Catholic Church needs illegal aliens to fill the churches’

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Former White House chief strategist to President Trump, Steve Bannon, says he respects the Pope and the Catholic Church but does not quite agree with their stance on the repeal of DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

As reported by CBS News, following the announcement of Trump’s decision to cancel DACA, Bannon lashed out at the response of the Catholic Church, whose leaders in the U.S. denounced the cancellation of the Obama-era policy, calling the decision “reprehensible.”

“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 told Charlie Rose that the Church has an “economic interest in unlimited immigration.”

With the number of U.S. citizens joining the priesthood and attending mass getting smaller by the day, “[Catholic leaders] need illegal aliens to fill the churches. That’s– it’s obvious on the face of it,” Bannon argued.

“I totally respect the pope and I totally respect the Catholic bishops and cardinals on doctrine,” said Bannon, who is Catholic. “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.”

You can read the exchange between Bannon and Rose in the transcript below, as reported by cbsnews.com:

STEVE BANNON: Look what he did on DACA the other day. OK, I don’t agree with that DACA decision, but I understand how he struggled with it, I understand how he’s giving the possibility of a legislative thing. And he said even last night in a Tweet– even in a Tweet, he would rethink it. Trust me, the guys in the far right, the guys on the conservative side are not happy with this.

CHARLIE ROSE: I remind you, a good Catholic, that Cardinal Dolan is opposed to what’s happened with DACA. Cardinal Dolan.

STEVE BANNON: The Catholic Church has been terrible about this.

CHARLIE ROSE: OK.

STEVE BANNON: The bishops have been terrible about this. By the way, you know why? You know why? Because unable to really– to– to– to come to grips with the problems in the Church, they need illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the churches. That’s– it’s obvious on the face of it. That’s what– the entire Catholic Bishops condemn him.

CHARLIE ROSE: They?

STEVE BANNON: They have– they have an economic interest. They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration. And as much as–

CHARLIE ROSE: –that’s a tough thing to say about your church.

STEVE BANNON: As much as I respect Cardinal Dolan and the Bishops on doctrine, this is not doctrine. This is not doctrine at all.

CHARLIE ROSE: Let me talk–

STEVE BANNON: I– 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.

“I don’t agree with that DACA decision but I understand how he struggled with it and I understand how he’s giving the possibility of a legislative thing. And he said last night in a tweet — in a tweet that he’d rethink it,” said Bannon.

“Trust me, the guys on the far right, the guys on the conservative side are not happy with this,” Bannon added, via the wahingtonexaminer.com.

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