“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.” – Pope Francis [New York Times]
THERE ARE many reasons I’m an Episcopalian, not a Catholic. The opinion from Pope Francis aboard the Papal airliner about whether Donald Trump is a Christian or not is illustrative of one.
The Catholic Church is one of the most unforgiving, misogynist religions on planet earth. There is nothing remotely Christian about the second-class citizenship of women inside the church though they’re hardly the only ones with this phobia about women getting too close to God. The Catholic stance that homosexuality is a “sin” is not “Christian” either.
Pope Francis charmed me completely when he came to Washington. It’s not that his words about Trump surprise me at all.
There are many things about Donald Trump that are alarming if you’re an American voter. Whether he’s a Christian or not is not one of them.
Bill Clinton is a Christian but he stood by through genocide in Rwanda, something that still haunts him.
George W. Bush wore his Christianity on his sleeve and he supported, encouraged, and orchestrated U.S. torture policy that is tantamount to war crimes.
Barack Obama is a Christian but he did nothing after Bashar al-Assad used WMDs to slaughter his own people in Syria.
The refugee crisis in Europe is a result of the world’s lack of Christian compass, which has been replaced by moral cowardice.
The word “Christian” isn’t what it used to be for a reason, especially among young people. Look what leaders who believe have wrought.
The Pope has every right to weigh in on an American politician. It’s just few in America listen to the Pontiff on practical issues, which goes double for women.
Donald Trump makes a good target and Pope Francis isn’t worried that Trump can touch his halo. But he did strike a central nerve in Donald Trump’s “lizard brain,” as Joe Klein described The Donald’s thinking today on “Morning Joe.”
If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.
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.