SSPX: Cardinal Burke Distances Himself From Steve Bannon
After Donald Trump’s former strategic advisor received and congratulated the author of the book In the Closet of the Vatican [Sodoma] —a polemic on the issue of homosexuality in the Vatican—Cardinal Raymond Burke is putting some distance between himself and Steve Bannon.
On June 26, 2019, Frédéric Martel, author of In the Closet of the Vatican and a gay lobbyist, gave an account of his interview with Steve Bannon on June 19 at the Bristol Hotel in Paris. The latter had revealed to him that he had “really liked” the scandalous work.
Two days earlier, LifeSite, the conservative website, affirmed that Donald Trump’s former special adviser even hoped to acquire the rights for a film adaptation of In the Closet of the Vatican, mentioning in passing the support of Cardinal Raymond Burke for this project (sic).
On June 25, the latter strongly denied any involvement in this affair, clearly marking his distance from Steve Bannon. “I disagree completely with a number of Mr. Bannon’s statements regarding the doctrine and discipline of the Roman Catholic Church…I am not at all of the mind that the book should be made into a film,” said the Cardinal Patron of the Order of Malta.
The high prelate announced at the same time that “effective immediately,” he has “terminated any relationship with” the Dignitatis Humanae Institute (HDI). This organization, of which Cardinal Burke was formerly the honorary president, was founded in 2008 by Benjamin Harnwell, the British MP to the European Parliament, who is himself close to Steve Bannon.
The explicit purpose of the HDI is to “defend the Judeo-Christian values of Western civilization through the recognition of man as the image of God.” But because this institute is, in his own words, “more and more identified with Mr. Bannon’s political program,” the Cardinal, in order to not fuel the controversy further, wanted to disengage himself.
The author of the sinister book In the Closet of the Vatican, during his Parisian interview with Steve Bannon had skillfully stirred up the embers. “Ultimately, Harnwell, Burke, and Bannon aim to create a broad movement of mobilization to put the Church back in order ‘in the right direction,’ in other words, they are about fighting the ideas of Pope Francis,” he said. Source