Pope Francis waded into American politics yesterday declaring that Donald Trump is no Christian – but he has no problem embracing the brothers Castro who have held Cuba in their iron grip for almost 60 years. Here is full quote from the New York Times:
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not 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 is man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and I will give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Apparently Francis doesn’t think much of Trump’s proposal to build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the country – “this is not the gospel.” But then again, it’s not the job of the state to preach the Gospel. Is Francis implying that the President of the United States should undertake the role of the Church to proclaim the Gospel?
No word yet on what Francis thinks of Castro’s use of walls – and machine guns – to stop people escaping from Cuba. Certainly, no one has ever accused Castro of restricting immigration to Cuba – probably because no one except airplane hijackers in the 1970s ever thought moving to Cuba was a good idea.
Perhaps Francis should talk with Armando Valladares who was imprisoned by Castro for 22 years and wrote of his ordeal in Against All Hope:
“Arrested for not denying Christ and for not supporting Marxism, Valladares was tortured, starved and even thrown into a pit of human excrement. At one point, rats were about to eat his genitals. A guard intervened at the last moment.”
Pope Francis Embraces Castro
The normally quotable Francis was strangely silent on the subject of Castro’s political prisoners. You might think he would meet with people like Valladares on his trip to Cuba. But who did Francis meet with in Cuba?
No mention was made either of when Castro’s military rammed a boat called 13 de Marzo that was crammed with refugees fleeing Cuba and sending 41 of them to their death.
And since according to Francis building walls is not the Gospel, what about the wall around Vatican City?
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