Cardinal Timothy Dolan Hits Back At Steve Bannon

Politico reports:

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s assertion that Roman Catholic bishops “need illegal immigrants” is so “preposterous,” “insulting” and “ridiculous” that it doesn’t merit a response, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Thursday.

“You might imagine I was rather befuddled to see it,” Dolan said. “I don’t really wanna care to go into what I think is a preposterous and rather insulting statement that the only reason we bishops care for immigrants is for the economic because we want to fill our churches and get more money. That’s insulting and that’s just so ridiculous that it doesn’t merit a comment.”

“This is not an issue of Catholic doctrine because it comes from the Bible itself, and we Catholics are people of the book,” Dolan said. “And the Bible is so clear — so clear — that to treat the immigrant with dignity and respect, to make sure that society is just in its treatment of the immigrant, is biblical mandate.”

You may recall that Dolan, who gave the invocation at Trump’s inauguration, was one of the loudest voices against same-sex marriage.

  • Todd20036

    Infighting is funny only until one of the parties is seriously affected by the gossip and libelous accusations.
    Then, it becomes hilarious.

  • Ernest Endevor

    I’ve been so concerned.

  • Joe in PA

    That’s insulting and that’s just so ridiculous that it doesn’t merit a comment.

    But I will.

    • CanuckDon

      “I was rather befuddled”

      But it “doesn’t merit a comment”.

      • Rob NYNY

        Stop making sense! Stop quoting him verbatim! If you quote him, it is a lie! (Thanks to Newt Gingrich for this.)

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      • Gerry Fisher

        Almost Trumpian in the ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth.

    • GayOldLady

      Like everyone in the hierarchy of the church he cannot control himself.

      • Joe in PA

        Indeed. Hey GOL, this is O/T, but I was just watching a Weather Channel segment online…it showed Tenn. in the path! I’m sure you are on top of this, when I saw that… Yikes, TN?

        • GayOldLady

          Good morning!! Yep, I’m all over it! I mentioned a few days ago that most hurricanes that hit FL or the Gulf usually end up in TN. We even got the remnants of Harvey.

          • Joe in PA

            Dang, tornadoes AND hurricanes. 🙂 Must be all that clean living you are doing. 🙂

          • GayOldLady

            Well, we are the “buckle” of the bible belt, so there must be some clean living going on somewhere in TN. And yes, this storm will bring us tornadoes and torrential rain and flash flooding. I can hardly wait.

          • Gustav2

            Again, we in Ohio thank you for your service.


          • GayOldLady

            We’re proud to lend our hills and mountains as tropical storm killers to preserve the upper Ohio Valley and Northeast. Never mind that many of us will likely spend much of next week in our “safe places” hiding from tornado warnings. We’re used to it.

          • Gustav2

            Hang in there.

          • GayOldLady
          • Paula

            I hate when that happens!

          • Duh-David

            I have snow on my back porch, in Ohio, this morning. But no tornados.

          • GayOldLady

            Are you serious? We had temps in the low 50’s last night, which is very unseasonable for us, but snow?

          • LatrinaDiBucca

            If TN gets to be the “buckle”, what does that make MS? Kneepads?

          • GayOldLady

            In the immortal words of Nina Simone, Mississippi, Goddamn!

          • Librarykid

            Love that song! Points for mentioning it.

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            I was so ignorant when I was in the Army. A hurricane sent shreds of itself over Ft. Meade, MD and dumped so much water, hail and lightning, it was amazing to me. We don’t have much weather in Socal.

            Years later, I found out that bad series of T-storms was due to a hurricane farther south.

          • prixator

            I live in Toronto and we received the remnants of both Katrina and Sandy (other ones as well, but those two are probably the most well-known in this century).

            Some of the earlier models showed Irma petering out and heading this way, too.

        • TimJ

          I’ve been following this on Very cool website (no financial interest).

        • Paula

          Gawd works in mysterious ways. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      Rich coming from a guy who bent over backwards working to elect Trump. Guess what, Fat Timmy, you own this, sorry you don’t like it.

      • Gerry Fisher

        That comment from one of Trump’s personal lawyers the other day was fascinating. One statement was about how he’s worked to fight racism and sexism (or some such), and then a few sentences later he talked about his support for Trump (thereby furthering racism and sexism). It’s as if going to a charity event or cutting a check once in a while excuses propping up leaders and a system that perpetuates the evil that the charity events are fighting. Cause massive damage…apply a band aid…cause more massive damage…add another band aid. “I apply band aids, so you can’t criticize me! I’m a NICE guy, one of the GOOD guys!”

        People seem unable to see the hypocrisy and the actual evil in what they’re doing. They’re waaaay too busy making money and holding onto power.

      • Robincho

        And bent over forwards to accommodate altarboy cock…

        • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

          Interesting. I never thought of priests as ‘bottoms.’

    • Uncle Mark

      If that is sooo insulting, then wouldn’t that be called heresy? Wouldn’t the answer to such insults be EXCOMMUNICATION…or are you afraid of Bannon and his flying monkeys?

  • Joseph Miceli

    Oh Timmy, can’t both be true? …and besides, we all know you Bishops simply LOVE those “delicious” brown alter boys. They don’t know English so they can’t go to the police as easily, now can they?

  • Gustav2

    When did Roman Catholic dogma start following the Bible?

    Asking for a Lutheran.

    • Joseph Miceli

      It clearly says in the Bible that Mary, the Co-Redemtress of Man, told Peter to build a city in Italy to store a horde of art treasures so the poor wouldn’t get them grubby.

      • Michael White

        as much as I hate to defend the RCs the Vatican has preserved thousands of years of art and writings. Sure the columns of Caracalla’s baths that are in St. Peter’s were stolen, but what would have happened to them? What would have happened to the art history heritage if the money grubbing clergy has not been taking care of the treasures? They are open to the public and various collections sent to museums around the world on loan. Scholars have access to invaluable manuscripts. Just sayin

        • Bluto

          You have a point but how much of their plunder is stolen goods? The Egyptian obelisk in st petey’s square for instance, originally stolen from Heliopolis by Caligula. The vatican refuses to return it.
          On 2nd thought, Caligula seems an appropriate role model for the church.

          • grada3784

            You don’t want institutions or countries returning stolen goods now. After all, just think what the US might have to return.

          • Michael White

            I am sure a lot of it was stolen goods. Much of the Egyptian stuff was looted by the Romans before Christianity started. But we are 1600 years since the fall of Rome in 476. So the Vatican has the stuff. Can’t flood the art world with it. How do you place a value on it. But is is there for all of us to enjoy The church has been VERY crooked Medici Borgia and many we are not aware of their crimes. But I appreciate being able to Brie the treasures.

        • Joseph Miceli

          So….they did something good inadvertently out of Greed. Got ya.

          • GayOldLady

            Oh, all of the inadvertent good the church has done, let me count the ways. The art they’ve stolen over the centuries is being preserved for posterity, their posterity.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Well, they could sell one Michelangelo painting and feed Africa for a year, but they don’t want to break up the set.

        • BearEyes

          the vatican has also destroyed or ordered destroyed many works that don’t fit their narrative. Many of DaVinci’s works were lost this way.

          • clay

            The Library at Alexandria.

          • Michael White

            That was destroyed but the Islamic terrorists of their day.

          • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

            But back then it was modern art.

          • Gerry Fisher

            Selective art appreciation, eh?

          • Steve Teeter

            Not to mention the records and histories of all the Central and South American empires they conquered. Obviously the work of the devil, so into the fire with it all!

          • BearEyes

            so much history and knowledge lost.

        • TampaZeke

          Yeah, and you could say the same about Nazis.

      • Bluto

        The nazi is correct, the church isn’t supporting immigrants because it’s the right thing to do. They do it for the money.
        Still, fuck bannon with a barbed wire-wrapped fence post.

        • Joseph Miceli

          To: Bluto
          Re: Sodomizing Bannon with wire-wrapped fence Post
          Cc: Everyone

          As to your previous proposal, I concur.
          That is all.
          Joseph A. Miceli

          • Gerry Fisher

            Ya know, Bannon’s such a dark character, he might semi-sorta kinda *like* the wire-wrapped-fence-post treatment.

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        • Gerry Fisher

          I LUV this joke.

      • JCF

        …and Peter would then clone himself, so that every subsequent Bishop of Rome (aka “Pope”) could now call himself Peter (w/ the “keys to the kingdom”).

        • Nixon is Lord

          You don’t call the Patriarchs of Alexandria (the Orthodox or the Coptic ones) “Popes”?
          Is this more selective “gaynglican” resentment from a convert trying to be more anglican than the Queen?
          Pathetic. No wonder that Mainline Protestantism is shrinking faster than the polar ice caps.

    • Gerry Fisher

      “Well, my priest said it, so it *must* be true!”

  • shellback

    “…it doesn’t merit a comment.”
    Then why are you commenting?

    • vorpal 😼

      Because he doesn’t have a lot of merit, clearly. 🙂

  • No More GOP.

    Twin sons of different biohazard accidents?

  • BeaverTales

    With all the death and destruction happening right now in the world, religious sensitivities are of lower priority to real human beings than these clowns think. At least it should be.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Not when it comes to their bottom lines being question.

  • netxtown

    A drunk and a priest walked into a bar……

    • Gustav2

      And the bartender poured a drink…just one drink.

      • netxtown

        for himself….

        • Joe in PA

          LOL, have you two been practicing? 🙂

          • netxtown

            you should see our dance routine. It’s like silk…

          • Gustav2

            Try the veal and don’t forget to tip your server.

          • Reality.Bites

            Or try tipping a calf as a low-cost nearly pain-free alternative

          • clay

            (waiting to hear from Ragnar of Iowa and the Kansas contingent)

          • zhera

            Cow-tipping: Not as pain-free as you seem to think!

          • trouble94114

            It’s a myth that cows sleep standing up. And assuming you could safely approach the rear flank of a standing cow (asleep or not…the tipper is much more likely to get a hoof to the head than the tippee being pushed over sideways)

            The actual physics involved in forcing a cow over, indicates it’s extremely unlikely that a single person could accomplish it, and the possibility that two people could accomplish this is only slightly less unlikely. And those calculations make the assumption that the cow makes no attempt to brace itself to counteract the force pushing the cow.

            Funny what you can learn in 4 years at an engineering school that also teaches Animal Husbandry and Agronomy. Usually this is an in class first quarter physics lesson on a Monday morning when half of the class is hung over and one of the hung over guys has a hoof shaped gash on his head.

  • margaretpoa

    That’s one hell of a response for a remark that’s not worthy of one.

    • Reality.Bites

      Hey, it’s not like he went on the radio or anything.

      “Dolan told SiriusXM in a radio interview that he hadn’t heard Bannon’s comments but saw a transcript of his remarks.”

      Oh. Never mind.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    “That’s insulting and that’s just so ridiculous that it doesn’t merit a comment,” Dolan should have said but didn’t about his corporation’s position on marriage equality.

    • GayOldLady

      His corporations position on marriage equality is that they will not tolerate it, it hurts their recruiting to the priesthood.

      • 2guysnamedjoe


  • clay

    “that’s just so ridiculous that it doesn’t merit a comment.” so he made one publicly.

    Systematic child rape cover-ups, however, DO merit even more than a comment, and get nothing from him.

    • GayOldLady

      Not to mention the atrocities of the 20th century including the Magdalen laundries and the RCC collaboration with the Nazis. It’s the same wicked institution it’s always been.

  • Scott Carpenter

    Dolan against Bannon. Huh. Is this one of the times the broken clock will show the right time?

    • bambinoitaliano

      Two broken clocks with two sets of dead time.

  • Rex

    Because we all know those seats are reserved for the LGBT community.

  • vorpal 😼

    LOL who are you fooling, Bishop Dolan?

    Experience has taught us that Catholic clergy care precisely about two things: money and molesting little boys without consequences.

    • clay

      (it’s not just little boys, it’s adolescent and adult seminarians, it’s adult women, and it’s little girls, too)

      • Joe in PA

        See: Father Maskell in Baltimore. 🙁

        (The Keepers documentary)

      • vorpal 😼

        So unlike Christian bakers, they don’t discriminate :-).
        Good to know.

        • clay

          They do discriminate, but only on the basis of power relationships (and accessibility).

          • canoebum

            By accessibility you mean any available orifice, right? The kiddies are favored because they are most easily intimidated.

          • clay

            Parents who were afraid that the priest might diddle their daughter found out that only letting them have altar boys didn’t work out any better.

    • 2guysnamedjoe
  • StreetBanana

    Two assholes fighting with each other.

  • Ken M

    I wonder if Bannon will respond, to the “lack of response” that is. : ) TGIF!

    • Reality.Bites

      I’m not experienced in observing Breitbartian tactics, but it seems to me they’re all about the attack, never about the defense.

      In this case, the accusation of caring more about one thing than another thing is absolutely unprovable one way or the other. It’s a mom

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    The church being insulted is so traumatic to the poor kiddie rapist enabler, but immigrants being told there’s no room at the inn is of no consequence. Good to know!

  • bambinoitaliano

    ……” that it doesn’t merit a response”….. Yet he did.

  • Guy Johnson

    Don’t be mad when the monster turns on you Cardinal.

  • Halou

    Idiot, meet idiot. I’m sure you’ll get along just fine.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    … because gay marriage makes me light headed…I make my personal altar boy carry smelling salts and sacramental vodka just in case I overhear someone talking about it

  • Ken M

    They need to handle this dispute the old fashion way

    • clay

      Where’s the handgun? I don’t see any revolver with a single bullet.

      • -M-

        Don’t be stingy with the bullets.

        • clay

          I guess it’s still a game as long as there’s one chamber empty.

    • grada3784

      I thought that the old fashioned way involved flagons of wine. Malmsey, I believe.

      • Beagle


  • Palmer

    Pig in a dress says “What?” to the pig in the Nazi uniform.

  • xzargo

    HAHAHAHA – catfight of the Closeted Homosexuals!!!!!

  • Dagoril

    It’s a crazy world when I actually agree with Timothy Frakking Dolan!

    On a lighter note, of course he doesn’t want immigrants to swell the church’s numbers. They already have them as members in the country of origin. He wants them for the priests to molest! /rimshot

    • Friday

      They do kind of want to encourage *immigration* to try and get more of their flock that will *vote* the way they want, of course, The bishops are right-wing but their parishoners mostly *aren’t,* even those that haven’t left.

  • Javier Smith

    Serpentor vs Cobra Commander!
    Vader vs Palpatine!
    Sauron vs Saruman!
    Spike vs Angelus!

  • marshlc

    Good. The more they squabble among themselves and sow discord and mistrust, the better – they’ll get less done.

  • Snownova

    And yet there he is, responding to it.

  • LatrinaDiBucca

    What Bannon DIDN”T say, is that cat-lickin’ poobahs like Dolan eye the waves of poor immigrant CHILDREN with a special affection that outstrips even their material avarice. Just you wait awhile, pedophile.

  • Ginger Snap

    Churches just need the ignorant willing to give them money it knows no class but treats the rich better.

  • TampaZeke

    Bannon is a disgusting, bigoted asshole but even a broken clock is right twice a day and in this instance he’s right. The ONLY reason the Catholic Church supports immigration is for self preservation; to keep from going extinct in the USA. They need to replace the people fleeing the pews and they need to replace them with people who are more likely than Americans to support the church’s dark ages dogma.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Kinda hard to root for one side or the other in this fight.

  • It’s almost like their right-wing allies fighting against abortion and gay rights don’t actually like them!

  • Friday

    Dolan: “Well, that’s not the *only* reason.” 🙂

    Of course the Church does have an interest in of wanting to get more homophobes and misogynists in the pews and *voting booths* so they don’t want immigrants rendered *illegal.*

    Th infighting’s interesting, though, it’s almost like Bannon and Putin have decided to make things as destabilized as they can before Drumph gets the boot.

  • DaveMiller135

    I’m pleased to see this. While I won’t allow that the Catholics are actually trying to walk the talk on opposing same sex rights, until they go after adulterers too, this is an attempt to look at other, possibly unpopular, political stances, according to what their holy book says. Hey, it’s not support for “judge not, lest ye be judged,” or praying in silence and away from view, but it’s a start.

  • Westcoast88

    I think there should be a Bannon Dolan cage match, fight to the death.

    • Beagle

      2 go in, none come out?

  • boobert

    He’s responding to something that doesn’t merit a response ! lol

    • Gianni

      Sort of puzzling, isn’t it? 🙂 I wonder if that thought crossed his mind?

  • The_Wretched

    Moar infighting! I’m glad to see Dolan finally doing something useful. It’s much better to have him deal with Bannon and the acolytes of derision instead of finding ways to hide assets from victims of abuse by the church.

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    As Bocaccio wrote in The Decameron a few hundred years ago, “Never trust a fat priest.”

    So I didn’t. Ever.

  • JCF

    I called it! [That there would be in-fighting between the conservative Popoids like Dolan, and the white nationalists like Bannon]

  • Stubenville

    The schadenfreude is delicious.

  • Highmoremotel

    “it doesn’t merit a response”

    Then STFU!!1!