Steve Bannon is not the best of people. When he supported Trump and then was in Trump’s White House, his goal was to transform the U.S. as we have known. It is still his goal.
His primary function in life is to destroy existing governments and replace them with populist ones. Governments that are national conservative political movements.
The U.S. was not big enough for him to destroy. After he and Trump split, Bannon looked to larger governments to remake.
He found it. The Catholic Church!
In order to accomplish the goal, he has to bring Pope Francis down. He and Francis do not think alike.
Frances is administrator of the Church and also a politician. Francis opposes the populist national movement. He blames most of the world’s problems on the movement. He has said populists could lead to the election of leaders like Hitler.
There have been scandals within the Church. Sexual in nature. Homosexuality, pedophilia, bishop/nun sex, nun abortions, etc. Bannon believes Francis has not taken these scandals seriously enough. He is not confronting clerical sexual abuse head on.
Bannon has a partner in crime. Cardinal Raymond Burke. An American. Leader of the conservative faction of the clergy. The #1 conservative Catholic clergyman in the U.S.
Bannon and Burke now walk hand in hand. Their goals the same. Call for Francis’ resignation. Failing in that, erect another Vatican on grounds immediately outside the present Vatican. It will be the place for Church conservatives and many clerical homosexuals. A second Vatican, a separate Vatican from the present one.
Homosexuality plays a big part in all this. It is believed 80 percent of cardinals are homosexuals. Many lesser rank clergy working in the Vatican also.
They fear discovery.
Francis is not a homosexual. He is a man among “queens.” He was elected Pope because both sides felt they were safe with him. This poor humble boy from Argentina. What did he know!
Francis has been dealing with the clerical homosexual and sex abuse problems. Openly. That is why most of he Cardinals and others in the Vatican do not like him. He believes in transparency.
There are 2 groups of homosexuals within the Church. Those open about it. They believe based on recent world events that homosexuals are more and more accepted. They believe that acceptance would extend to them also.
Whether they are correct, I do not know. It is a long stretch.
The other group are homosexuals acting as homophobics. This group does not wish to be publicly identified as homosexuals. They therefore condemn those who practice homosexuality. To cover their asses.
In Frederic Martel’s In The Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy, Martel describes those who play at being homophobics as “ladies” who protest too much.
Burke and his American group are homophobics as described in the preceding. Bannon is working with them to accomplish their needs as well as his own.
In the meantime, there is a second pope living in the Vatican. Benedict XVI. The war between the two homosexual groups forced his retirement. A first.
Benedict is becoming a problem. The Burke/Bannon group is pushing him in a direction he does not enjoy.
All being done with the intent of getting rid of Frances and replacing him with a Pope more to the Burke/Benedict way of thinking.
A recent quote re Francis: “As for Pope Francis, he was presented by the press as a progressive. That isn’t precisely true: he’s merciful. He has a pastoral approach: he hold his hand out to the sinner. It isn’t the same thing at all.”
A pleasant thursday afternoon and evening yesterday.
Joined Laurie on her radio show at Station 107.5 FM, WGAY FM. A fun time! Our exchange gets better each week. Love doing the show with her!
Then to the Chart Room. Watched some of the Masters. Jean arrived., We chatted a bit. Decided to have dinner together. We did at La Tattoria. Tiffany bartending.
Dinner over at 8:30. Jean hopped on her bike to go to Vino’s. I in my car to go home.
Remember when Castro decided to teach the U.S. a lesson. He sent thousands to our shores. Refugees. He assumed we would welcome them. We did.
One problem. They were mostly mental defectives. Castro’s way of saying…..Up yours!
Trump had a similar idea.
In November and February, Trump seriously considered dumping the overflow migrants into “sanctuary cities.”
Teach sanctuary advocates a lesson!
Trump considers Ivanka a very smart woman. In recent months, he has considered appointing her to lead the World Bank or serve as UN Ambassador. Trump claims his daughter is very good with numbers and a natural diplomat.
He claims the only reason he did neither is because he knew he would be accused of nepotism.
Michael Avenatti. Came upon the scene 2-3 years ago. A sudden big time lawyer.
I was uncomfortable with Avenatti. He did not conduct himself as a lawyer. Especially one of quality. Cases are won in the courtroom, not on the steps of the court house or on TV.
Everyone I discussed the matter with disagreed with me. This guy is terrific! All thought.
I feel sorry for Avenatti. Like Humpty Dumpty, he fell off the wall. Doubt he can be put together again.
He was arrested yesterday on 36 counts. Based on a federal grand jury indictment. The feds seized his $4.5 million jet. Some of the charges include income tax evasion. Some of the counts charged occurred over a 10 year period.
His fall came about recently based on a matter in which he was representing a client against NIKE. His demand $20 million. NIKE thought it was extortion. The authorities were called in.
The next 2-3 years are going to be difficult for Avenatti. Tough especially for a lawyer. I wish him well.
I close with Albert Einstein. A wise man in many ways, he said: “The greatest danger to the world is not the bad people but it’s the good people who don’t speak out.”
Enjoy your day!