I had no idea Bannon was trying to establish what Reuters calls a “right-wing Catholic political academy” in Italy. Here is Philip Puella’s piece:
Steve Bannon, the former adviser to ex-U.S. President Donald Trump, has lost a legal battle to set up a right-wing Catholic political academy in an abbey in Italy.
The Council of State on Monday ruled against the Dignitatis Humanae Institute (DHI), backed by Bannon, which wanted to start the school in an 800-year-old monastery south of Rome.
The case has been in the Italian court system for years, with suits and counter-suits between the DHI on one side and the culture ministry, which owns the property on the other, along with a group of local environmental and civic organisations.
Bannon, a Catholic, was helping to craft the curriculum for leadership courses aimed at right-wing Catholic activists at what was to be the Academy for the Judeo-Christian West in the town of Trisulti.
Bannon in a statement on Monday vowed to fight the decision.
Read the rest here.
The Dignatius Humanae Institute (Institute of Human Dignity) has a website and a mission:
The Dignitatis Humanae Institute (Institute for Human Dignity) is a think-tank founded in 2008 whose goal is to protect and promote human dignity based on the anthropological truth that man is born in the image and likeness of God. Our primary aim is to promote this vision of authentic human dignity mainly by supporting Christians in public life, assisting them in presenting effective and coherent responses to increasing efforts to silence the Christian voice in the public square. We do this by coordinating affiliated parliamentary working groups on human dignity throughout the world. Each working group is based on the Institute’s common philosophy: The Universal Declaration of Human Dignity (see below). This enables such politicians to speak out more effectively in defence of the human person in all of life’s stages. Like any other think-tank, the Institute also tries to keep others abreast of news and developments on human dignity issues through its own research, press releases, articles, and conferences. Furthermore, we are also building up a network of outreach partners – charities and non-governmental organisations offering practical help to the poorest and most vulnerable in society.