Pope Francis said Thursday that Donald Trump is “not Christian” if he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Trump immediately fired back, saying it is disgraceful for a religious leader to question a person’s faith.
“Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.” Nehemiah 2:7 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: As we have been showing you, Pope Francis has become a papal politician, and today he takes his shot at far-and-away frontrunner Donald Trump. In his distorted social justice based theology, Pope Francis asserts that a Christian would not build a protective wall on their borders. If he would only open up that dusty, old book of his called the Bible, Francis would see that wall building is indeed biblical. But now that the Pope has jumped in to try and stop Trump, it convinces me even more that Trump is the man that needs to sit in the Oval Office. Yes sir, the New World Order does not want Donald J. Trump to be president. I call that a ‘ringing endorsement’!
The rare back-and-forth between pontiff and presidential candidate was the latest astonishing development in a U.S. presidential race that has been roiled by Trump’s freewheeling rhetoric and controversial policy proposals, particularly on immigration.
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The front-runner for the Republican nomination, Trump has said that if elected, he will build a wall along the Mexican border from Texas to California and expel 11 million people who are in the country illegally. The Pope’s comments en route home from Mexico came hours after he prayed at the Mexican border for people who died trying to reach the United States.
Pope Francis Says Donald Trump is “Not Christian”:
Pope Francis: Thank God he said I was a politician because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus.’ At least I am a human person. 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. And then, 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 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.
Asked what he thought of Trump’s pledge, Francis said: “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.”
Not having heard about Trump’s border plans independently, Francis said he’d “give the benefit of the doubt.” But he added: “I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that.”
Trump, a Presbyterian, shot back within minutes.
“For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful,” Trump said at a campaign stop in South Carolina, which holds a key primary on Saturday. “I am proud to be a Christian and as president I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened.”
Donald Trump Responds to Pope Francis:
At a campaign rally in Kiawah, SC, GOP Presidential front-runner Donald Trump responded to Pope Francis’ claim that maybe Mr. Trump isn’t a Christian. Mr. Trump read from a press release that his campaign sent out to the media and then went on to say that if elected he will protect and defend Christianity
He also said the Mexican government has disparaged him to the Pope and separately invoked the Islamic State group, saying that if it attacks the Vatican, “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.”
Trump has been critical of the pope’s visit to Mexico. He said last week that Francis’ plans to pray at the border showed he is a political figure being exploited by the Mexican government.
Asked Thursday if he felt he was being used as a pawn of Mexico, Francis said he didn’t know.
“I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people,” he said.
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:5 (KJV)