The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan rebuked President Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon who accused the Catholic Church as being driven to counter Trump’s resolution to annul the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Dolan, while speaking on Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel, detested the idea of such insulting statement, that Bishops care much for immigrants because of the economic motive – filling the church and enriching themselves. He added that such statement is offensive, and doesn’t worth a comment.
Bannon’s controversial statement
In an hour interview with Bannon, CBS was informed that the church needs illegal aliens to make up their churches. He went on to say that churches have an economic motive in unending illegal immigration. Bannon pointedly said that he respects Cardinal Dolan, the bishops, and the pope, but such economic motive doesn’t foot on the doctrine.
Dolan agreed to Bannon’s idea that securing the interest of immigrants is not all about the doctrine but pointed that it’s biblically mandatory to treat immigrants with respect and dignity, making sure that the society treats immigrants well.
Dolan quoted the bible saying that Jesus advocates people treating strangers (refugee or immigrant) right, saying that whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers; that you do unto me.
President Trump decided to withdraw the DACA program of the Obama era that protects 800,000 immigrants from deportation in the country illegally. Most of these immigrants were taken to the U.S as kids. Dolan, in the light of the revoke of Obama-era DACA program, said such decision is neither Christian nor American.