U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is ‘not Christian’ because of his views on immigration, Pope Francis said on his way back to Rome from Mexico.
The Pope said, however, he did not want to advise American Catholics on whether or not to vote for Trump. It is however doubtful that that would be the message received by the Catholic faithful in the US.
Trump fired back immediately, telling a packed room at a coastal South Carolina country club: ‘For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.’
The Pope’s dramatic intervention came in a freewheeling conversation with reporters on his flight back from a visit to Mexico.
Francis was asked about Trump and some of his statements, such as vowing to build a wall between the United States and Mexico if he becomes president.
‘A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,’ Francis said in answer to a specific question about Trump’s views. ‘This is not in the gospel.’
Asked if American Catholics should vote for someone with Trump’s views, Francis said: ‘I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt,’ he said.
It is ironical though that the Pope would think building a wall in the US is wrong yet he leaves in City surrounded by walls.
What is more ironical is the side this Jesuit Pope has chosen. The Democratic Party is in support of planned parenthood, gay marriages with Hillary Clinton who many see as the Democratic nominee being totally pro-gay.
Again through Obama in the Democratic party, we have seen less attacks by the US against Islamic states, a situation that has made it possible for the Pope to call out the Muslims as brothers and sisters and visit a Mosque.
Very interesting that The US President too has visited a Mosque and delivered a speech in which he made the call of “brothers and sisters’.
At the end, the comments from the pope may not simply be comments against Republican Candidate Donald Trump but about which side the Pope sees will help progress the unification of pagan religions that he has been doing. The republican party of the US is largely Christian conservatives who would give the Pope a hard time to welcome Muslims in their churches for prayers to ‘one God’.
Whereas the Democratic party is crushing down walls of separation and making pathways to a united one world religion and governance.
The bigger shame is that the Pope is the ‘least’ Christian person who has literally put himself between Christ and the Catholics, deceiving them in false doctrines and pagan rituals.