Friday, February 19, 2016
Pope Trumps Trump
Pope Francis visited Mexico and hundreds of thousands of the Roman Catholic flock flocked. With his heart for the poor he made sure that he celebrated mass in some of the roughest and most dangerous neighbourhoods. He also travelled to the border between the United States and Mexico, delivering a powerful message along the banks of Rio Grande river decrying systems of oppression that force people to flee to other countries and blessing undocumented immigrants. A crowd of 200,000 in the border city of Ciudad Juarez listened to a homily which seemed to chastise the US for it's immigration policy. The image above is of Francis at the memorial to those who have died attempting to cross the border illegally.
It got really interesting when Pope Francis made a comment about Donald Trump's faith, suggesting that he couldn't really be a Christian if he wanted to wall out Mexicans and send those in America back where they came from. Needless to say, the Donald got in a lather and dissed the pontiff, saying that the Mexicans put him up to it. Honestly, is this a good plan to alienate the Hispanic vote? Trump doesn't seem to care.
I don't think Pope Francis gives a tortilla what Trump thinks about him, and I'm delighted that he challenges the faux faith of this nasty pretender to the Republican leadership. Should we question anyone's faith? Well, Jesus said: " ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the will of my Father in heaven." That sounds a lot like "show the love, or you're fired!" to me.
Where you aware of this pontiff-pompous showdown? What do you think of the pope's observations?