Because, of course, truth menaces politics, the Catholic Church menaces politics. At its best, it always has, as with the other humane institutions of civilization.
And smart enough, Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, knows this. And it explains the bilge he uttered about the bishops of the Catholic Church on “60 Minutes” Sunday, his tired and, as Cardinal Timothy Dolan called it, “ridiculous” rhetoric. It explains his lack of argument.
The reason the bishops oppose repealing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to Bannon, is that “unable to really . . . come to grips with the problems in the church, they need illegal aliens.” The bishops, he said, have “an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration.” Further, he said the bishops are speaking beyond their remit, that they are “just another guy with an opinion,” particularly because immigration isn’t a matter of “doctrine” but of the “sovereignty of a nation.”
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