A recent Gallup poll of Americans had Pope Francis and Donald Trump tied for second place as the person they admired most (President Obama was rated #1, but that’s another story). Frankly, for a country that claims to be a Christian nation founded on Christian values, I can’t reconcile how Pope Francis and Donald Trump could be tied given their respective positions on some of the most important issues of the day. Pope Francis has been a strong advocate on behalf of undocumented immigrants and refugees. In December 2013, the Pope challenged the international Catholic community to open up vacant convents and monasteries to refugees and asylum seekers.
Pope Francis says Trump may not be ‘pro-life’ if he ends daca . Watch this video below.
During his address to a joint session of Congress last year, Pope Francis proposed a simple yet bold solution to the worldwide refugee crisis: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In comparison, Donald Trump has called for banning entry of all Muslims until “we figure out” what’s going on, whatever that may mean. In announcing his candidacy for president, he referred to undocumented Mexican immigrants as murderers, rapists and criminals with presumably “some” good ones among them. He’s called for the construction of a giant wall from south Texas to southern California, and has vowed to deport every undocumented alien in this country no matter the costs to our treasury and soul as a nation.
The leader of the Catholic Church and the leader of the free world have been trading barbs since the 2016 campaign season over issues like immigration, capitalism, and climate change. I hope they rethink it a bit,“ the pope said of the newly announced plan to end the program that allows the children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States. Man is stupid, the bible said,“ the pope quoted from a psalm, when speaking about leaders who denied climate change.
In the image below, Donald Trump can been seen teasing Pope Francis.
Here is more from twitter on this story.
The pope can’t stop roasting Donald Trump. https://t.co/D18m691sv4
— VICE Canada (@vicecanada) September 12, 2017
The pope is not pro life.
— DanAconda (@nwgsrider) September 12, 2017
“Man is stupid, the bible said." https://t.co/krZt5TesTc
— VICE News (@vicenews) September 11, 2017
— Bill McGurn (@wjmcgurn) September 11, 2017
In his best-selling book “The Art of the Deal, Mr. Trump boasted that he is a successful businessman because he recognizes that folks want to believe something is the “biggest and greatest and the most spectacular.” In his view, some “hyperbole never hurts” when making the deal. In short, Mr. Trump is a hustler. In comparison, Pope Francis has espoused humility in word and deed. He’s rejected papal palaces and limousines, regularly rides public transportation, does much of his own cooking, and has repeatedly warned against the false idolatry of unrestrained consumerism and capitalism, which threaten the moral fabric of society. How could Pope Francis and Donald Trump be tied in a nation purportedly based on Christian values when their respective values are so opposite? Perhaps P.T. Barnum was right: there is a sucker born every minute.