Pope Francis has built himself a reputation as one who is dedicated to promoting the causes of social justice, and he’s living up to that description yet again via masterfully trolling President Donald Trump on Twitter.
This quality of the Pope made many far right Christians explode with theories about him being somehow evil or something when he first assumed his position, but all it really matters for is that Pope Francis has made the inspiration emanating from his office extend beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church.
This past Saturday, for instance, @Pontifex posted a tweet reading: “I invite you not to build walls but bridges, to conquer evil with good, offence with forgiveness, to live in peace with everyone.”
I invite you not to build walls but bridges, to conquer evil with good, offence with forgiveness, to live in peace with everyone.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 18, 2017
Firstly, it is deeply disturbing that a simple message of peace and goodwill so readily functions also as an affront to the President of the United States.
To what depths have we sunk if we’ve got peace and goodwill on one side and the U.S. President on the other side?
The Pope’s tweet is an obvious reference to President Trump’s infamous plans to build a wall along the entire border between the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump White House says that the wall is necessary to curb the flow of illegal immigration.
That’s not true. The wall isn’t even potent enough of an instrument to deal with the problems associated with undocumented immigration that we do have, let alone the ones that Donald Trump has made up.
Other recent tweets from the Pope are a little less direct of an affront to the Trump administration, but they’re striking nonetheless.
Last Wednesday, @Pontifex tweeted, “The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable.”
The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 15, 2017
Indeed, the Trump administration has practiced the exact opposite of what the Pope is describing here. The White House’s budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year strikes a number of programs that serve the poor of this nation.
Another tweet from the Pope, from this last Tuesday, singles out the Trump Administration in similar fashion.
It reads: “Let us pray for one another so that we may open our doors to the weak and poor.”
Let us pray for one another so that we may open our doors to the weak and poor.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 14, 2017
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