Donald Trump ripped Pope Francis, calling him a “very political person” for visiting areas close to the United States’ border of Mexico and even suggested that “Mexico got him to do it…”
Pope Francis had something to say about the GOP front-runner. On Thursday, the Pontiff said that Trump “is not Christian” if he calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, CNN reports.
The Pope urged the United States to address the “humanitarian crisis” on its southern border after departing from Mexico en route back to Rome.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis told journalists. “This is not in the gospel.”
During the wide-ranging press conference, Francis also seemed to suggest that contraception may be used to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus and praised Saint John Paul II’s “holy friendship” with a Polish woman.
The Pope was asked whether American Catholics should vote for the hotel magnate.
“As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, 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,” he said.
Trump’s remarks last June have been a point of contention when he said, “You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans — I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists, and they’re coming into this country.”
Trump promised to build a wall at a cost of $8 billion wall. It will be the greatest wall ever, according to the GOP front-runner.
“We’re going to do a wall; we’re going to have a big, fat beautiful door on the wall; we’re going to have people come in, but they’re going to come in legally,” Trump said at the third Republican debate.
This is where his idea falls apart.
“Mexico’s going to pay for the wall,” he said. “I love the Mexican people; I respect the Mexican leaders, but their leaders are much sharper, much smarter and more cunning than our leader.”
After Trump called the Pope ‘a very political person, the Pontiff responded in the best way possible.
“Thank God he said I was a politician because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus.’ So at least I am a human person,” he said. “As to whether I am a pawn, well, maybe, I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people,” he added.
The Pontiff has called for countries to welcome those fleeing poverty and oppression while he denounced what he calls the “globalization of indifference” toward refugees.
Indeed. Conservatives are opposed to allowing Syrian refugees, including children, safe harbor in the U.S. as they flee from terror at the hands of ISIS. They too, are not very Christian-like.
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While in Mexico on Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke against against immigration policies that force many underground and into the hands of drug gangs and human smugglers.
While Republican contenders for the GOP nomination focus on what they call ‘illegal’ immigrants, the numbers have actually decreased under Obama, as compared to President George W. Bush.
Image: Papist via Flickr.