Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

US Bishops: DACA cancellation is reprehensible

US Bishops: DACA cancellation is reprehensible

Donald Trump's former chief strategist has launched a scathing attack on the Catholic church's stance on immigration - claiming "they need illegal aliens to fill the churches".

"The Catholic Church has been bad about this", Bannon said about its stance on immigration. "Trust me, the guys in the far right, the guys on the conservative side are not happy with this".

"They need illegal aliens". "It's obvious on the face of it... they have an economic interest, they have an economic interest, in unlimited immigration - unlimited illegal immigration".

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called ending DACA "reprehensible", while Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of NY, called it "contrary to the spirit of the Bible and of our country, and a turning away from the ideals upon which our beloved country was founded".

But speaking to Charlie Rose, Bannon said "the bishops have been bad about this". The diocese has the honor of serving hundreds of DACA recipients through Catholic Community Services and Holy Cross Ministries, and we have witnessed firsthand their contributions to our economy, their academic achievements and their roles as leaders in our parishes and communities.

"As much as I respect Cardinal [Timothy] Dolan and the bishops on doctrine, this is not doctrine", Bannon responded.

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Bannon went on to try and draw a distinction between "doctrine" - an area where he insisted he respects Pope Francis and other Catholic Church officials - and policy matters pertaining to "the sovereignty of the nation".

During another part of the interview, Bannon made a case that top White House economic official Gary Cohn should've resigned after he publicly denounced Trump's defense of white supremacists. "And in that regard, they're just another guy with an opinion", Bannon said.

CBS News released excerpts of the interview that ran on "CBS This Morning".

The full interview will air on Sunday on 60 Minutes.

Bannon also described himself as President Trump's wingman outside the White House. When he's talking about the Neo-Nazis and Neo-Confederates and the Klan, who, by the way, are absolutely terrible - there's no room in American politics for that.

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