Political Pope deems himself Godlike, judges who is Christian
“Mr. Gorbachev – tear down this wall.” – Ronald Reagan, Berlin, 1987
Nearly three decades ago, President Ronald Reagan — in no uncertain terms — called on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin wall. It was specifically built through the city of Berlin to separate the East and West Germans within their own nation. Reagan’s forceful message was heard, celebrated around the world and was instrumental in the demolition of the wall.
Fast forward 30 years. After he made what was a purposefully and politically timed trip to the Mexican side of the U.S. / Mexican border, reporters gathered to question Pope Francis regarding presidential candidate Donald Trump’s vow to build a border fence to control the invasion of illegal foreign nationals into the United States.
In an hour-long interview, Francis responded using the slipperiest of language intended to influence American Catholic voters by saying:
“I am a pawn? Well, maybe, I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people. 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 has said things like that.”
The massive 50-foot-tall, ten-feet thick wall surrounding the fortress that is Vatican City, and presumably the Swiss Guard that function as its private military force, were defended by the Rev. James Martin who said:
“The fortifications were built a very long time ago. This Pope didn’t build them — and he certainly didn’t build them to keep out poor migrants.”
Fair enough. Then let’s see him tear them down. Count on this: That won’t be happening.