Cardinal Dolan fires back at Bannon for comments on Catholic church


New York’s Cardinal Dolan fired back at former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday, after the Breitbart head said in a “60 Minutes” interview that the Catholic Church supports DACA because they “need illegal aliens to fill the churches.”

In a preview excerpt from this Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” on which Bannon’s interview will air, the Trump ally said, in reference to DACA, that “the Catholic Church has been terrible about this” and that their support comes from a purely economic standpoint.

“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,” Bannon said, according to the New York Post.

Bannon said this is motivation for Catholic churches to bash Trump, who has supported DACA, though recently appearing to make the decision to scrap it.

“That’s [why] the entire Catholic bishops condemn him. They have … an economic interest. They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration.”

Speaking on the Catholic Channel on SiriusXM radio, Cardinal Dolan said he was “befuddled” at the comments, but gave only the following brief, pointed statement, not wanting to give unnecessary attention to Bannon’s theory.

“I don’t 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 economic[s], and because we want to fill our churches and get more money,” Dolan said. “That’s just so insulting and ridiculous that it doesn’t merit a comment.”

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