Michael Sean Winters: Steve Bannon is right: Church does need immigrants

(NCR Online) In a “60 Minutes” interview, Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart and former chief strategist for President Trump, faulted the Catholic bishops for their stance on immigration.

“The Catholic Church has been terrible about this [immigration issue]. The bishops have been terrible about this. By the way, you know why. You know why. Because [they’re] unable to really – to come to grips with the problems in the church, they need illegal aliens,” Bannon said to interviewer Charlie Rose. “They need illegal aliens to fill the churches. It’s obvious on the face of it. … They have an economic interest. They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration.”

Because he was mentioned by name in the question posed by Rose, New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan came out swinging in response. “I don’t really want to, 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 because we want to fill our churches and get more money,” the cardinal said on SiriusXM. “That’s insulting and that’s just so ridiculous that it doesn’t merit a comment.” [More]

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