Presidential Candidate Donald Trump released a press statement today calling it ‘disgraceful’ that the Holy Father and Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis would “question a person’s faith”.
This is in response to comments made by the Successor of Peter, and the Vicar of Christ on Earth to a question from a reporter about whether or not a good Catholic could vote for a candidate who proposes the things Trump proposes.
Even before the pope’s comments were released today, Trump had already taken issue with the pope’s trip to Mexico, arguing that the pontiff was “playing politics”.
When asked by a reporter by Trump’s comments and posing the the question “Can a good Catholic vote for this man?” Francis responded by saying, “Thank God he said I was a politician, because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus.’ So 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.”
He continued: “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 said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.”
Video of the Pope’s Comments
Trump professes to a Presbyterian Christian although he’s not sure if he’s ever asked God for forgiveness. “I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” he said. “I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t. When I drink my little wine — which is about the only wine I drink — and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness” Trump is quoted as having said.
In his press release Donald Trump, the former reality TV show star, says The Pope will have wished and prayed that he had been president to defend the millennia old Vatican which has stood the test of time against Attila the Hun, Napoleon, The Nazis and scores of other invaders. His statement reads “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’ ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald trump would have been president”.
Regarding migrants, the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2241 states:
2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.
Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.
At the time of this article being published, it is unclear if Pope Francis, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and metropolitan of the Roman province, Sovereign of Vatican City-State, Servant of the Servants of God has considered supplicating the LORD for the temporal protection of Donald Trump.