Did you think that last word was going to be "consciences"? Don't be silly! That last word is really "coffers". Steve Bannon might not have realized it, but he spoke the only language that the US bishops seem to heed: the language of $ka-ching$. A video of Bannon's interview is found here. When queried by Charlie Rose about Cardinal Dolan's displeasure with President Trump's actions on DACA, Bannon correctly responds that the USCCB's stance on DACA is not doctrine - progressive pretenses notwithstanding (I hold that it is the USCCB that stands in sin owing to its facilitation of illegal immigration). Moreover, Bannon is correct that the bishops have an economic interest in illegal immigration. However, he seems to limit that interest to the filling of church pews. In reality, it goes much further for the Church hierarchy receives federal grants for the "processing" of aliens, and the amounts of those grants is proportional to the number of immigrants.
Cardinal Dolan, when he heard of Bannon's interview, got his knickers in a royal knot. Breitbart has the low-down on that. Dolan quoted Bannon as saying that the only reason they (bishops) care about illegals is for economic reasons. You can see it in the first few paragraphs of the linked piece. The title states that "Dolan bears false witness". Well yes, but I think it's more than that. I think Cardinal Dolan uttered a quintessential Freudian slip. I've no bones opining that $$$ is a prime motivating factor in their shilling for illegal immigration.
Yesterday the pope got in on the act. Of course the blather happened on a plane (mathematical equation alert! plane+pope+reporters=insults+heresies+blasphemies). He went so far as to cast doubt on the president's pro-life beliefs because of his termination of DACA. Whatever happened to "who am I to judge?" Does that apply only to those flaunting mortal sins of sodomy? But I digress.
The pope said of Trump, "he presents himself as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity." A goodly number of pro-life leaders replied to that statement as they came to Trump's defense. I might add one more key thing. If the pope is pro-life, he will do all he can to protect and promote the encyclical Humanae Vitae. He can start by dismantling that commission that was assembled to "study", that is, weaken this key encyclical. Humanae Vitae must stand. Contraception, an intrinsic evil, must be seen for what it is: a satanic instrument of death and destruction. The pope casting doubts on the president's pro-life credentials? Never did I think I'd see the day when I trust the White House more than the Vatican, but now that has come to pass.
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