As critiques of Steve Bannon fly from the political left and right, the former Breitbart news leader has found an ally in Cardinal Burke, a Catholic traditionalist focused on upholding time-honored Christian values.
Pope Francis has loosened up rigorous Catholic laws in the hopes of gaining more followers, but certain members of his inner circle like Cardinal Burke are not fans of these efforts, viewing them as a step away from the Church’s traditional ideology and practices.
Burke and other religious Christian conservatives have found support outside of the Vatican among the new president-elect, Donald J. Trump and his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
Bannon first met Burke three years ago in a private meeting. At the time, Bannon was still the news leader of Breitbart and he was traveling to Rome to meet like minded people and make high level faith-based connections.
Bannon’s efforts paid off, bonding with Burke over the threat of Islam and the need for the west to embrace and practice Christian values.
Bannon and the Cardinal are not alone, according to a poll released by CBS last week related to how Americans feel about President Trump’s first two weeks in power and the evils of Islam, many other right leaning citizens are on the same page as both men.
According to the survey, “Over six-in-ten believe that Islam is more violent in nature than other religions.”
However most people that identify themselves as democrats believe Christianity is more violent than Islam.
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A close confidant of Burke, Benjamin Harnwell, told the New York Times “When you recognize someone who has sacrificed in order to remain true to his principles and who is fighting the same kind of battles in the cultural arena, in a different section of the battlefield, I’m not surprised there is a meeting of hearts.”
Harnwell is the founder of Institute for Human Dignity, a Conservative Catholic group who also believes in the promotion of traditional Christian values like Burke and Bannon.
In January Bannon was selected by President Trump to represent the U.S. on the United Nations Security Council.