Italian ministry revokes permit for Catholic-inspired institute
The Italian ministry for culture has revoked a license it granted to the Dignitatis Humanae Institute to manage a state-owned historic monument south of Rome, citing irregularities in the bidding process and a breach of contract.
The former Carthusian monastery of Trisulti was being used as the headquarters of the institute, which was founded by Benjamin Harnwell in 2008 to promote the respect of human dignity.
US Cardinal Raymond L. Burke is the honorary president of the institute, 11 other cardinals make up the institute’s advisory board and Steve Bannon, former chief strategist at the White House, is a patron and member of the board of trustees.
The institute had been planning to renovate and use the 800-year-old abbey for its ‘Academy for the Judeo-Christian west, an initiative defending the Judeo-Christian foundations of western civilisation,’ according to its website.
The institute said it signed the 19-year lease for the abbey in February 2018 and that it had been formally handed over after the legal papers were signed in January.
However, the culture ministry announced on 31st May that it found evidence of a number of contractual obligations being violated and other factors that support annulling the permit. The violations were discovered during an investigation into the authorisation of the permit, which had been granted by the previous government administration.
Picture: Stephen Bannon, former White House chief strategist, and US Cardinal Raymond L. Burke are seen in this composite photo. The Italian ministry for culture revoked a license it granted to the Dignitatis Humanae Institute to manage a state-owned historic monument south of Rome, citing irregularities in the bidding process and a breach of contract. Cardinal Burke is honorary president of the institute and Bannon is a patron and member of the board of trustees. (CNS photo/Paul Haring and Joshua Roberts, Reuters).