ROME: Steve Bannon, the former adviser to US President Donald Trump, has won a battle with Italy's culture ministry to set up a right-wing Catholic political academy in Italy.
A regional court ruled for the Dignitatis Humanae Institute think-tank, which Bannon backs, against a previous decision that blocked the school starting up in an 800-year-old monastery south of Rome.
"We stood by the monastery, the community and Italy during this pandemic when it would have been easy to walk way," Bannon said on Wednesday in a statement issued through the institutes founder, Benjamin Harnwell, in response to the court's ruling on Tuesday.
Bannon, a Catholic, was helping to craft the curriculum for a leadership course aimed at right-wing Catholic activists at the Academy for the Judeo-Christian West in the town of Trisulti.
Many residents opposed the school and last year, Italys Culture Ministry, which owns the mountaintop property, withdrew a 19-year lease, citing violations of contractual obligations.
The institute appealed, saying the move was politically motivated.
Harnwell said he hoped to resume restoration plans and that registration would begin for an on-line program taught from the United States.
But while they still enjoy support from Italian right-wing politicians such as former interior minister Matteo Salvini, Bannon and Harnwell have lost key suppoRead More – Source