Pope Francis on Donald Trump: “This man is not Christian”

On Thursday Pope Francis said Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is “not Christian” if he intends on building a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border to keep out those wishing to come to the United States.

Trump, a leading U.S. Republican presidential candidate, has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border from Texas to California and expel 11 million people who are in the country illegally if elected president. The Pope’s comments en route home from Mexico came hours after he prayed at the Mexico-U.S. border for people who died trying to reach the United States.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said. “This is not in the Gospel.”

Not having heard Trump’s border plans independently, Francis said he’d “give him the benefit of the doubt.” But he added: “I’d just say that this man is not Christian if he said it this way.”

H/T to commenter Duane12 for bringing this to my attention.


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4 thoughts on “Pope Francis on Donald Trump: “This man is not Christian”

  1. Two pompous gas bags are having a verbal duel– Trump, even with his billions, is poverty stricken compared to the trillionaire pope whose inherited church wealth came from victimizing millions of people over centuries. The legacy of the Vatican includes brutal Inquisitions, compacts with dictators, extracting money from the poor, Vatican Bank fraud, raping alter boys, protection of pedaphiles and murderers. Hardly a peep out ot the pope about the sordid history of his church, nor has the enormous wealth of the Vatican been shared with the poor.

    Trump is not deserving of support, but he is an angel compared to the pope.

  2. Some corrections are in order; Pope Francis is not challenging the faith of the Donald but rather his proposed act which is a failure to follow the “second greatest commandment,”


    I agree the Catholic Church’s past in the person of human beings, especially its leadership, has failed its followers, But one cannot hang the past on Pope Francis who is attempting in my opinion to restore and return the Church to its original example and concepts of Jesus Christ and His Humanity.

    In a way, our business and economic model, and even the Constitution has similarly been corrupted by some on Wall Street, banks, the top 1% aided and abetted by the politicians, some of who call them self “evangelical.”

    Their common crime against humanity? It is Greed!

    Pope Francis is not greedy in an economic sense!

  3. In other news, Mr. Trump praises a (false) story of the USA outright murdering 49 Muslims with pig-blood covered bullets, claiming letting the 50th go with the tale somehow prevented terrorism for years.

    He’s no longer funny, he’s scary, and if he can still win the nomination after saying that it speaks volumes. Of course running into far-right discussions the most devout of the far-right are so incredibly off the hinges crazy this should not surprise me. They live in a little bubble world where shock radio hosts outright make up what the big bad liberals want, creating a powder keg of indoctrinated nut jobs that think the USA is about to crumble… all while they rally around people that openly trample on the very principles this country was founded on, seeking to rewrite history to turn the country into a Christian theocracy and openly snub the notion that cruel and unusual punishment is under no circumstances permissible.

    It’s a terrifying notion that this guy may win the nomination.

    I will say one thing, I praise the Republican candidates that call this insanity out for what it is. It says a lot when someone like Ted Cruz can get my compliments over his condemnation of Mr. Trump.

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