Yesterday, Feb. 18, 2016, while jetting back to Rome from his 6-day visit to Mexico, Pope Francis, whose real name is Jorge Bergoglio, decided to inject himself into America’s presidential race by criticizing Donald Trump for his stance on illegal immigrants.
Trump had said, if he’s president, he would have a stricter policy on illegals, including deporting more illegals than what the Obama administration is doing (or not doing), as well as building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jim Yardley reports for The New York Times that on board the papal airliner, ever tone-deaf to his own hypocrisy, the pope said in response to a reporter’s question about Trump:
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel. As far as 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 [Donald Trump] is not Christian if he has said things like that.”
If wanting to build a wall to demarcate the borders between one’s country and another’s is not Christian, then all Christians should tear down the walls of their respective houses and apartments because those walls are simply a country’s border-walls writ small.
Watch and listen for yourself:
That would make Pope Francis and the more than 800 clerics and officials who reside in the Vatican, not Christians because the Vatican is surrounded by 40 ft-tall walls.
Vatican City is a walled enclave of approximately 110 acres and a population of 842 within the city of Rome. The smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world, it is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state ruled by the Bishop of Rome – the Pope.
Here’s a scale model of Vatican City which is in the Vatican Museum:
And here’s a pic of the Vatican’s massive walls from the outside. One must ask: “Are these walls in the Gospel?”
While in Mexico, Pope Francis also repeated his call made in 2015 that Americans be more welcoming toward migrants from Central and South America.
Once again, Bergoglio is oblivious to the hypocrisy and irony. For one, the Vatican has a very restrictive policy on immigration, which allows only a very select few who meet strict criteria to be admitted as residents or citizens. And while lecturing Europeans to take in the hordes of overwhelmingly Muslim “refugees” and “migrants,” the Vatican itself had taken in but ONE refugee family of 4, who are Serbian Catholics. (See “Pope lectures U.S. on taking in ‘migrants’ while Vatican is protected by 40 ft. tall walls“)
For his part, moments after the news of Francis’ remark about Trump not being a Christian, Trump responded with the following statement:
“The Mexican government and its leadership has made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope, because they want to continue to rip off the United States, both on trade and at the border, and they understand I am totally wise to them. The Pope only heard one side of the story — he didn’t see the crime, the drug trafficking and the negative economic impact the current policies have on the United States. He doesn’t see how Mexican leadership is outsmarting President Obama and our leadership in every aspect of negotiation.
For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.”
See also these other incidents of hypocrisy:
- Pot calls kettle black: Pope Francis chastises pastors for talking too much
- Pope Francis goes after gun makers
- NY cardinal who lives tax-free in $30M mansion scolds Americans for being against illegal immigration
H/t FOTM‘s Lana and MomOfIV
Dr. Eowyn’s article first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.