Editor's Note: Frankly, the current occupant of the Chair of St. Peter, if indeed it is legitimately occupied, has proven himself to be such a reckless, foolish, irresponsible loose cannon, we wonder why Donald Trump, or anyone else would bother to respond to his latest outrageous comments. He is the crazy uncle in the attic, and we long ago tuned him out, pray for a funeral in Rome, and a conclave that will elect a Catholic as Supreme Pontiff.
By Robert Laurie
You may know Pope Francis as the religious leader who lives behind these walls: (photo below)He’s also proven himself to be anti-American, anti-capitalist, pro-illegal immigration, and surprisingly
willing to coddle fascists of the Islamic variety.
Maybe, as the New York Times reports, that’s why he seems so eager to weigh in on Donald Trump - going so far as to denigrate the would-be President’s faith.
ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRLINER — Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that Donald J. Trump “is not Christian” because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico.
Trump posted the following response on his website:
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. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.
I’ll be the first to admit that Trump’s reply is a bit clunky, and I don’t know what’s really in his heart with regards to Christianity.The Mexican government and its leadership has made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope, because they want to continue to rip off the United States, both on trade and at the border, and they understand I am totally wise to them. The Pope only heard one side of the story - he didn’t see the crime, the drug trafficking and the negative economic impact the current policies have on the United States. He doesn’t see how Mexican leadership is outsmarting President Obama and our leadership in every aspect of negotiation.
For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.
I’ll also argue that Pope Francis has - at almost every opportunity - expressed his disdain for free market economies and has exposed himself as (at best) a socialist and (at worst) a corporatist. Somehow, in the span of 30 years, the Vatican went from fighting communism with a free market capitalist to embracing the tenets of its old enemy.
...And again, its leaders rest their heads atop a mountain of gold hidden behind this:
Pope Francis has said that “At least I am a human person.” I’d argue that this simple statement renders him utterly unqualified to determine what sort of faith resides with the heart of Donald Trump. Humans can suspect, they can doubt, but they can’t know. If Trump is shamelessly lying, that’s between him and God.
Francis has been running around the world, siding with an ideology that spent the entirety of the 20th century aligning itself against the church he allegedly leads.
With that in mind, how dare he question the faith of anyone?
Robert Laurie’s column is distributed by CainTV, which can be found at caintv.com