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I came to bring good news to CEOs and hedge fund managers,” so said Jesus as he announced his mission statement in Luke 4:18.

Vince Hatt

Hatt

Not really. He said he came to bring good news to the poor.

Pope Francis insists that this is also the mission of the Catholic Church. His statements and actions consistently focus on concern for the poor. He states that as governments make decisions, they need to evaluate the effects of all their decisions on the poor.

That’s why he speaks consistently about the effects of climate change, unrestricted capitalism and lack of compassion toward refugees.

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Bannon

Steven Bannon doesn’t like this. He has purchased a million-dollar monastery in an Italian village to train people to work against the pope. His rallying cry is that the pope has failed to solve the sexual-abuse crisis that could bankrupt the church.

Bannon is planning seminars to train a new generation of leaders in what he calls populist nationalism. The Italian villagers protesting his plan have another name for it: fascism (a form of government with extreme nationalism and militarism that suppresses individual freedom and all opposition).

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Burke

Bannon says he has the support of powerful Catholics, including Cardinal Raymond Burke.

For most of the papacy of Francis, Burke has been at odds with the pope. He was upset when the pope explored a way for the divorced and remarried to come back to Communion. When Archbishop Maria Vigano wrote an 11-page letter asking for the pope’s resignation, Burke responded, “I cannot say it is wrong.”

At the heart of the disagreement between Cardinal Burke and Pope Francis is the great difference in their images of the church. Burke sees the ministry of the church is to gather members on “the ship of the saved.”

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The hierarchy stands at the entrance to the ship to judge if those approaching the ship qualify to get on board. Because of Pope Francis, Cardinal Burke states the church is “like a ship without a rudder.”

The pope’s image is much different. He sees the church as ministering to those wounded on a battlefield. The hierarchy’s role is to bring mercy and healing to those struggling with the spiritual and temporal wounds of life.

As Francis proclaims, “The church cannot be other than the sacrament of God’s mercy in the world, in every time and towards all humanity.”

The irony concerning Bannon and Burke is they believe Pope John Paul II to be an exemplary pope, yet John Paul did little to face the sexual-abuse crisis. During his papacy, a large portion of the sexual abuse and coverup happened. He even promoted Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, a well-known sexual abuser demoted by Francis, to be a cardinal.

Francis, on the other hand, has interviewed sexual abuse victims and has forced the resignation of many offending bishops.

Recently, he hosted a retreat for leading bishops from all over the world to listen to victims of sexual abuse and to learn that the problem and its solution belonged to all of them. Effective June 1, Francis mandates that all clergy abuse and coverup, including that by bishops and cardinals, is to be reported and investigated worldwide.

Bannon is funded by those “who think the pope is bad for business.” Among those who have this attitude is millionaire Timothy Busch, an attorney who specializes in “high-net-worth” estate planning. Busch is co-founder of Napa Institute, which attracts wealthy Catholics who are vocal critics of Pope Francis.

As Tom Roberts writes in Sojourners Magazine, “Their devotion to individualism, unrestricted capitalism and diminishment of government services, especially to the poor and marginalized, runs counter to the central tenets of Catholic social teaching.” Pope Francis is simply carrying out the mandate of Jesus and centuries of papal statements concerning caring for the poor and making decisions for the common good.

In 2017, Napa Institute sponsored an event at Catholic University entitled “Good Profit,” in honor of Charles Koch’s book of the same name. The event was hosted by Busch, who donated $15 million to CU, and now has the business school named after him.

Support for the Bannon-Burke-Busch collusion seems small from the pews. It has no traction in third world countries.

However, as an alumnus of Catholic University, I am concerned about the developing agenda in a university controlled by American bishops. There is a sliver of wealthy influential Catholics pushing an agenda contrary to Jesus and centuries of the social teaching of the Catholic Church.

Meanwhile, the pope is unperturbed by it all. His focus is to bring good news to the poor.

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Redwall

A lot of name call in this article but no evidence provided that Burke or Bannon appose helping refugees or the poor. Both the Catholic Church (under current and past popes) and the hated U.S. taxpayer (under both Dem and Repub leadership) have generously provided aid to the entire planet for decades. More than any other religion; more than any other country.

Mr Hatt pretends to write from the Catholic viewpoint, but always always manages to duck the issue of the day...abortion. Preferring instead to reference "climate change" as true north for his religious compass.

oldhomey

Have you paid that subscription yet, Red? You just go right on believing that Roe vs. Wade is the central issue of our times. That is what the billionaires and the corporations want you to believe, keeping you preoccupied with a steady diet of red herring entrees like abortion. It's what they have been doing for the last 40 or so years while they gradually maneuver themselves into an ever more unassailable position of power to take what they please from society without opposition. And you just gobble down all that red herring, purring "Yum!"

martian2

Why you link the government here with the Catholic church is beyond me. The US is not a Catholic nation. What the US gives for aid to the planet is totally separate than what the Catholic church gives. Why do you link the two? What proof do you have that Catholics give more to the poor than any other religion? I would be interested in seeing that proof if it exist.

canman

Wonder what the entitled royal ladder climber of Richland Center (Burke) has to say about the latest escapade of Fr. McGarty on 5-11-19. This man has been involved in deviant behavior in the past, how much Burke knew about it?

Cassandra2

Cardinal Burke has a long history of covering up the rape of children by his employees. He needs to be in prison.

Rick Czeczok

If you have information you better call the police because no one else knows of your accusation. I'm not backing this jerk, but that gives you no right to spread undocumented lies either.

Cassandra2

Comrade, you clearly aren't a follower of current events and are deliberately ignoring the evidence that has been laid before you for years. But I'm not surprised.

Redwall

Like our current Pope, this article has little to do with religion, it is but a socialist political screed.

martian2

Yes that socialist political screed that Jesus promoted will doom us all redwall. Caring for the poor and sick and imprisoned, how dare he attempt to tell us what to do. All we need is the GOP to tell us what to think and do. Who needs moral guidance when all that matters is the bottom line and a fascist political agenda! Yes those dirty socialist, out to make the world a better place for those who you want to hate. Again redwall you are on the wrong side.

Redwall

No parties have done more to help the poor than the Catholic Church and the U.S. government (under either party).

martian2

no parties have done more to help the poor than the Protestant churches and the US government. (under either party) Of course when you add the US government to any religion you can say the same thing. Not much of a point there redwall.

Frangel45

But America has USED religion to further their hateful agenda - twisting and turning the Bible every which way to support their personal and GOP idiocy. And the members have fallen all over themselves to support the GOP - what a stinking travesty.

Cassandra2

Oh, Redwall, you are a pathetic little man, more concerned about the ills of "socialism" than about the plight of the poor. And THAT is the entire point of the article.

PhysicsIsFun

I you thought that the Roman Empire was gone all you have to do is look at the Roman Catholic Church. What seemed to have ended 1500 years ago still lives on in the Vatican.

Redwall

Have you been taking composition lessons from JohnnyB? Good grief.

PhysicsIsFun

Pardon me. (If you thought...) It's called a typo,

PhysicsIsFun

You've been taking your logic lessons from Ricky.

Rick Czeczok

But it's OK for you to insult. Such a hypocrite.

oldhomey

I absolutely agree with you in this instance, Ricky! I can think of few worse insults than to tell somebody that they take their logic lessons from Ricky. Scandalous!

oldhomey

Bishop Burke is a living example of how even a nondescript diocese in the middle of America can spawn a dangerous fascist figure who can link up with another one like Steve Bannon and perhaps take on and undermine a worldwide church. Italy was nearly destroyed by fascism 70 years ago. It is trending that way, again. I hope it catches itself and stops the movement, leading the rest of the world to recognize the danger and obtuseness of people like Burke and Bannon.

Redwall

Old Foney apparently doesnt know the difference between the Vatican and the country of Italy.

oldhomey

No, I don't see the Vatican trending to fascism right now, despite Burke's efforts to push it in that direction. But Italy absolutely is trending politically back to the fascist camp, disguised as populism.

joebadaxxe

Good one, Vince.

Redwall

Yeah, Good one Vince, heh heh, heh heh

martian2

Vince should look at the church here in 'merica and see how the church has sold its soul to the GOP in order to get abortion criminalized. The church tolerates cutting programs for the poor and sick that is huge part of of the GOP platform, along with unfettered capitalism, in order to get that one prize, banning abortions. Its this narrow minded focus of the church that allowed an idiot like Trump to be elected. Its no wonder extremists like Bannon have a strong foot hold in the church and the backing of clergy, even though his platform runs counter to the teachings of Jesus. Guess that doesn't matter as much as long as the Bishops and Cardinals can keep judging and condemning those they deem "unworthy." Oh a reckoning will come.

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PhysicsIsFun

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Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person." These are the Tribune's posted rules of conduct for posting on here. I want to know how it is that "Rick Czeczok" is not blocked for his posts. He continually breaks the rules. He adds nothing to the conversation. Tribune block this jerk from posting here.

martian2

I second that physics! Why have the rules but then not enforce them. Come on tribune, filter out the nasty posts from ricky boy and others.

Rick Czeczok

Did I hurt your widdle feelings, HA. Yea you must have been some kind of teacher.

Rick Czeczok

You use my real name and won't give me the respect of knowing yours. What is the reason for that? After all if you were such a great teacher that you self proclaimed you should be proud. Guess not though.

PhysicsIsFun

Ricky if you don't want me to use your name as a synonym for stupidity then stop acting that way.

Cassandra2

Comrade, PROVE to us that you use your real name. We all know the truth--you are actually a Russian troll posting from a bot farm in St. Petersburg. You simply masquerade as a local.

Redwall

Actually Catholics I believe voted for Hillary. Evangelicals and southern Baptists leaned toward Trump and are leading the abortion fight, because Catholics dont have the moxy to do it.

I suppose to you they all look the same.

martian2

wrong again redwall. I can disprove what you wrote with half my brain tied behind my back. The majority of Catholics voted for Trump. According to the Nation Catholic Reporter Trump got the Catholic vote by a seven point margin. Its no wonder the Catholic church is in disarray. With the scandals and its attempts to manipulate politics in other countries with people like Burke leading the way, its only going to get worse. Read for yourself: https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/catholics-vote-trump

Frangel45

Thank you for this comment - you are right on with your assessment of the 'abortion' issue. The GOP has found the perfect cudgel against normally common sense people who then vote for the GOP for that issue only. I know a great many extremely devout Catholics who totally ignore all other arguments against Trump and the GOP in general because they must vote against abortion. This has been preached from the pulpit on Sunday mass - OMG!!! This is essentially a control issue of the church against women - we have been made to be the long suffering property of men - in the mind of the Christian church across the board. I sincerely hope that the young women of today see this problem clearly and they learn to stand firmly for their self identity and strive to be equal - nay, BETTER than their male counterparts. How often do men steal credit for women's work in the work place - it is historically a common problem. (Watch "The Wife" - latest Oscar winning movie and you will see it clearly). I urge the youth of today to see this problem clearly and work diligently to right this terrible wrong and the abortion issue will resolve itself.

PhysicsIsFun

The Republicans don't actually want to eliminate abortion. They have probably made a major political error with these ridiculous laws. Abortion is far more effective for them as a cause than as a solved problem. The cause brings in all of those one issue voters that might come to their senses on other issues. These new laws are going to inflame many women and other sensible people who find them reprehensible. It could be a big loser for Republicans. Let's hope.

martian2

I agree physics, the GOP doesn't really want to solve problems, just keep them around for election time to fire up the base. The immigration problem at the southern border is prime example too. Trump needs those immigrants to keep coming to the border to point out a crisis (largely of his own making) so he can fire up his base, and appeal to the hate and bigotry his supporters hold on to. His recent immigration plan is a joke, both sides of the isle say it has no chance of passing and does not address a lot of the issues of immigration and refuges. The GOP has a long history of just sitting and obstructing to keep various issues alive for election time.

Rick Czeczok

Says a socialist.

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