Pope Francis spoke out against Donald Trump this week and raised hopes of the anti-Trump crowd that it would somehow derail the candidate’s campaign.
To be fair, Francis was speaking on comments that he was told Trump said, and clarified that in his own statement after the fact.
In retrospect, a better course of action may have been actually hearing Trump’s comments in context rather than wading in without knowing the facts, but why would anyone expect him to do that, right?
Trump quickly hit back, telling Pope Francis no man should have the right to question another man’s spirituality, and that it was “disgraceful” that the pontiff took it upon himself to do so.
Since then, the Donald has eased up on his pushback of Pope Francis; however, he was not wrong for taking him to task. The “vicar of God on Earth” should know better than anyone that he is the last person who has the right to say what is and isn’t Christian.
Here are all of the reasons from both spiritual and moral perspectives.
1. The Pope is a Catholic construction, not Christian.
Many unfamiliar with Christianity or who have only a rudimentary understanding of it believe that the Pope was there from the beginning of the church. Not so.
Christianity’s “primary source” is the Bible, and much of what comes after it is from Catholic tradition and contradicts the previous text.
For example — priests.
The Bible explicitly states that “there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (I Timothy 2:5 and 6, NIV).
In other words, Man does not have to confess sins and ask for forgiveness in front of a priest. He can do it directly through God in prayer.
The first Pope was said to be St. Peter, but that’s a role that Peter never took on in scripture — the word “pope” is nowhere to be found in the Bible’s 770,000-or-so words.
In fact, Peter was uncomfortable being exalted by his fellow Christians at all.
In Acts 10:24-26, for example, he tells a bowing Cornelius to “Stand up,” adding, “I am only a man myself.”
The Catholic tradition teaches that because Peter was told “on this rock,” meaning him, “I will build my church,” it enabled him to take on the lead role and impose whatever changes to come, no matter how much they directly contradicted scripture.
If you follow that through to the logical end, other popes, like Pope Sergius III, who orchestrated the murder of his predecessor, would be “infallible” in the changes they made to the Church, and if not, then anything Pope Francis said today could be vilified tomorrow by a successor.
That means equally infallible to Pope Francis, St. Peter, et al., would be some of the guys on this list of the eight most evil popes in history.
Seriously, check it out. The popes have done some pretty awful things over the last 2,000 years in the name of God. But really, you don’t even have to go back that far.
Look at the sex scandals that the Catholic Church has created in recent history. Young boys, most of the time, taken advantage of sexually by priests.
A scandal so big that Pope Francis himself asked for forgiveness for it on his 2015 visit to the United States.
But here’s the thing people should remember about that: Pope Francis wasn’t some nobody when these attacks were going on. He was an active part of Church leadership since 1969, further evidenced by the fact he could not have just magically appeared overnight and stepped into the institution’s highest role.
He spent his life there building power and political influence; yet it was the media that had to bring down his corrupt organization for the crimes and ensuing cover-ups.
His apology, quite frankly, was too little, too late.
2. Pope Francis himself has a wall around the Vatican.
When you look at the reasons that Trump wants to build his wall — safety, law, and order — it is absolutely no different than the wall that exists around the Vatican.
In many ways, Trump is a pro-immigration guy as evidenced in many of the people he employs. His purpose isn’t to shut down immigration but to make sure everyone coming into the country can be accounted for and contribute as Americans.
It’s kind of an idiotic thing for Pope Francis to say that Trump isn’t Christian for building walls when the pontiff is in no hurry to tear down his own, per Breitbart.
For these reasons, Donald Trump has quite the moral footing for being able to take Pope Francis to task.
But what do you think, readers? Does Pope Francis have a right to criticize Donald Trump’s faith, and is he right that Trump “isn’t Christian”?