US Cardinal Raymond Burke has resigned from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, saying it has become “more and more identified with the political program” of Steve Bannon.
In a letter posted on his Twitter feed, Cardinal Burke said yesterday (June 25) he had urged the institute to return to its original purpose of promoting the respect of human dignity but “it has not done so”, so he was terminating his relationship, including being the institute’s honorary president. Eleven other cardinals make up the institute’s advisory board and Bannon, former chief strategist at the White House, is a patron and member of the board of trustees.
“I have been made aware of a June 24 LifeSiteNews online article – now removed – entitled ‘Steve Bannon hints at making film exposing homosexuality in the Vatican’, in which the insinuation is made that somehow, through my association with Mr Benjamin Harnwell of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, I was involved in a meeting between Mr Bannon and Mr Frederic Martel, author of the book, In the Closet of the Vatican, to promote a film version of Mr Martel’s book,” Cdl. Burke said in his letter.
“LifeSiteNews made no contact with me to verify my possible involvement,” he said. “Given the overall content of the article and given several statements made by Mr Bannon in the article, I must make the following clear: I do not, in any way, agree with Mr Bannon’s assessment of the book in question.”
“Furthermore, I am not at all of the mind that the book should be made into a film. I disagree completely with a number of Mr Bannon’s statements regarding the doctrine and discipline of the Roman Catholic Church. Above all, I find objectionable his statement calling into question the Church’s discipline of perpetual continence for the clergy, in accord with the example and desire of Christ …” he said.
Cdl. Burke said he had never worked with Bannon but had met with him “on occasion to discuss Catholic social teaching regarding certain political questions”.
“In meeting with him, as in meeting with other political leaders, I have tried to fulfil my mission as a priest to teach the faith and morals for the common good,” he said.