Pope Francis has finished up a six-day trip to Mexico, concluding it with a visit to a Mexican prison and the U.S-Mexico border.
No stranger for stirring up political controversy on the issues of climate change and economic inequality, the pope spoke on another pressing issue this election: immigration.
Francis prayed for migrants who’ve died crossing the border, stating that a “humanitarian crisis” was driving people from their lands (apparently we’ve had no problem with illegal immigration before the drug war).
The purpose of Francis’ speech on immigration was truly to repudiate calls from Republicans for stronger border security and a stricter immigration system.
As quoted in the Washington Times the pope stated“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 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.”
Which is quite interesting considering the Vatican itself is surrounded by massive walls. Check o.ut this quote from the Trump campaign’s director of social media
Amazing comments from the Pope- considering Vatican City is 100% surrounded by massive walls. pic.twitter.com/g3iVLDVGe5
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) February 18, 2016
And from Trump himself true to form: “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.”
He continues that its “disgraceful” for a religious leader to question someone’s faith.
Who knows how seriously Trump takes his faith; but in a country where the majority of people do support building a wall at the border, is the Pope going to then claim that we’re not a Christian country because of it?
When it comes to opposition to illegal immigration the Pope should take the same attitude he took towards gay priests in the church: “who am I to judge?”
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]