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Presidential Candidate Donald Trump released a press statement today calling it ‘disgraceful’ that the Holy Father and Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis would “question a person’s faith”.

This is in response to comments made by the Successor of Peter, and the Vicar of Christ on Earth to a question from a reporter about whether or not a good Catholic could vote for a candidate who proposes the things Trump proposes.

Even before the pope’s comments were released today, Trump had already taken issue with the pope’s trip to Mexico, arguing that the pontiff was “playing politics”.

When asked by a reporter by Trump’s comments and posing the the question “Can a good Catholic vote for this man?” Francis responded by saying, “Thank God he said I was a politician, because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus.’ So at least I am a human person. As to whether I am a pawn — well, maybe, I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people.”

He continued: “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 said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.”

Video of the Pope’s Comments

Trump professes to a Presbyterian Christian although he’s not sure if he’s ever asked God for forgiveness. “I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” he said. “I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t. When I drink my little wine — which is about the only wine I drink — and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness” Trump is quoted as having said.

In his press release Donald Trump, the former reality TV show star, says The Pope will have wished and prayed that he had been president to defend the millennia old Vatican which has stood the test of time against Attila the Hun, Napoleon, The Nazis and scores of other invaders. His statement reads “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’ ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald trump would have been president”.

Regarding migrants, the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2241 states:

2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.

At the time of this article being published, it is unclear if Pope Francis, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and metropolitan of the Roman province, Sovereign of Vatican City-State, Servant of the Servants of God has considered supplicating the LORD for the temporal protection of Donald Trump.

 

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  1. Contrary to the headline, the Pope did not say that Donald Trump is not a Christian. Nor did the Pope say that the Pope is disgraceful. Rather, the Pope said that the person who builds walls and not bridges is not Christian but. not knowing Trump’s exact position, he would give him the benefit of the doubt. And Trump said it was a disgraceful thing to say. The headline is dishonest and divisive and, therefore, not Christian!

      • It’s been there for a long time built in a different era.

        And this Pope didn’t ask for it to be built. Not his fault that it’s there.

      • That’s not even applicable. The wall around the Vatican was built for the purpose of keeping out invading armies not migrant workers. The wall today serves no function and only still exist for historical reasons. The wall does not even exist in so many places that if its job was to keep people out of Vatican city it would be doing a lousy job. That being said I’m all in favor of a wall on our southern border. I think it sets a bad precedent when we allow people to break our law by coming here illegally. But I also think that we should make immigration from are southern border much easier than it is today.

        • There is an invasion taking place on our southern border. It is just to have a wall in order to protect the Citizens of the United States. Our government has failed in keeping the American people safe from these invaders and contrary to what the Pope said, those of us who believe in the protection and defense of our Nation can be Christians and good strong Christians at that.

    • Except that a wall would ensure that people respect our country and our laws, which is consistent with the Catechism. Not a Trump supporter at all, but as the Holy Father alluded to, he doesn’t know everything about the issue. We DO welcome immigrants – just through legal channels.

      • It is this kind of thinking that is destroying America, you are classifying people based on their political beliefs and promoting crime by saying entering this great country of immigrants ILLEGALLY is fine. Do you know how many immigrants have entered this country legally? On a separate note you have no right or obligation to attack this womans beliefs.

      • You’re not a Democrat are you. You can’t be a Catholic and belong to a political party that believes in the genocide of children and carries it out.

        • And yet you support a church that for many decades had priests who repeatedly raped children, and a church hierarchy that hid and moved-around pedophile priests. If you apply the same logic to Democrats and Catholics, how can you not apply the same logic to your support of the Church? It seems a bit hypocritical to me.

          • I am a member of the Only Church founded by Jesus Christ who selected Judas as one of his elect! Yes, the Church was invaded by homosexual predators who betrayed the Church and God. Jesus gave us an excellent example don’t you think? There will always be judas’s in the Church even in high places. NO reason to leave the only means of salvation. The wheat and the chaff will grow together and in the end, the chaff will be thrown into the internal fire. Did you not know these things?

    • It seems to me in a day and age when journalistic competence is as low as the ocean floor, it’s Pope Francis off-the-cuff comments thats the real problem. In this day and age when the pope’s words can travel all the way around the world in seconds his style leads to misinterpretation. This can happen when you have skilled speech writers but a lot less often. Look the Bishop of Rome is not just some bishop in a diocese, he is that but he’s also the patriarch of the West (I know the Holy See has dropped that title but that’s exactly what he is and they dropped it because of sensitivities of the Orthodox, but that makes you wonder who’s giving the pope advice because that’s the one titled the orthodox didn’t have a problem with) he is a worldwide figure and spiritual leader to all Latin Rite Catholic. The type of things that happen every time the Pope open his mouth and speak is exactly why most world leaders around the world, including several popes that preceded Francis have speech writers and advisors.

      Lots of Catholics have hoped for decades that the Bishop of Rome would enter a full-blown political opinion about some of our pro death candidates for office, but they have stayed silent. For the Pope to have said anything regarding Trump but to remain silent about the myriad of Catholics general VOTE for pro death politician or the professed socialist on the Democratic ticket seems irresponsible to me. I mean if he was going to say anything about a politician in the United States how about referring to Rerum Novarum and it repeated condemnation of socialism. Or how about Pius XII and when he said that you can’t be a good Socialist and a good Catholic. I’m not necessarily saying he should have said any of these things, I am saying however that he should not have said anything like what he did say. The papacy has been silent about American politicians for I’m sure a number of reasons in which the remarks that he did make undermine all of them

      • So true. He was so silent when he came to the United States on the child genocide promoted by all Democrats and especially by the Obama Administration. All Catholic politicians who have aided in the slaughter of the innocents should be excommunicated as are all mothers and fathers who aid and procure the death of their child.

  2. I wish that the true messages of the church were spread to Christians who persecute and judge others. What is written in the Bible is the word of God as spoken and retold by many but nowhere in that book do they give us lowly people the right to judge and condemn each other. When are they going to come out and take a stand for people who (like myself ) get tired of trying to tell other so called Christians that whether you like a person’s sexual preference , race , religion , beliefs etc it is NOT THEIRS to express wishes of harm to said people or judge them for their actions. God is king God is judge.. We are only here to be good people and love one another and hope we do enough good for our Father to take us Home in our new life .. Jmo but Trump and so many other like him can say that they are Christians and people of faith but to call yourself a Christian means to Act Christ like in your actions ..Jesus was kind and compassionate he did not rub elbows with the elite and turn his nose up at those less fortunate.. He slept among the lepers , prayed with prostitutes, invited ALL to share in His love …why is this so hard for people to understand..

    • Be careful that you don’t take our Lord’s words out of context. Most people’s hear that you’re not judge things wrongly. When Price said you’re not judge he was specifically referring to judging someone and saying they were going to heaven or hell not judge in the sense of what you say or do is right or wrong. What he did say about that type of judgement is to remove the beam from your eye before you remove the splinter from your neighbors eye. This is awesome what Saint Paul was talking about ( I’m referring to judgment of someone going to heaven or hell) when he says I judge no one not even myself. This is the Catholic understanding of these verses.

    • If a Catholic does not judge, they can not practice mercy. Our dear Lord had a great love for the rich and powerful too. The poor are not always saints. Sometimes they are great sinners practicing violence and theft, harboring envy of their neighbors goods. Jesus taught us that those who are poor in spirit (subject to truth) were blessed. He never taught that those who were materially poor were blessed. Those who have great wealth may very well become saints in the kingdom of heaven. Many rich people build up society providing good work and dignity for others. Many rich people build great hospitals and schools and churches. Some even built the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in service to God and Mother Angelica. Sometimes I see Jesus on the yacht of a holy millionaire and not in the slums among those plotting evil. One day, I heard Mother Angelica tell the story of her praying for a very large donation for the shrine and of a millionaire on his yacht learning that his stocks had just risen in their value enormously. He had mother Angelica on tv and said what should I do with all this money and when he saw Mother on the television, he said, I will give it to her! Thank God for the generosity of the rich!

    • Why should he stay out of politics? If it is a truly democratic system then the voice of all is welcomed, even if not acted upon. It is his duty to speak the truth as he sees it. Anything else is moral cowardness. Besides, he has given the benefit of the doubt.

          • Your recollection is based on revisionist history. You are among an entire generation that recalls history according to leftist propaganda.

      • In that case Jim maybe he should tell all Catholics in the United States that voting for a socialist Democrat makes you a bad Catholic life Pius XII or that voting for a pro choice candidate, the same. No there is a reason the Vatican stays out of politics. Pope Francis off the cuff style is not helpful and I’d never vote for Trump so I’m not saying this because I support him or anything.

    • Wow, a courageous truth at last. I am an old, traditional, catholic, and have lived through quite a few Popes. What irks me is that the last few Popes presided over a Church of, not a few paedophiles, but too many to hide. The Popes, under their watch, since the 60’s period, have BROKEN DOWN the traditional walls and the Church lies in ruins. Let this Pope, and every Pope clean their own house first, before they try to cleanse the house of others. NO Pope has a business in secular matters, But in SPIRITUAL matters. His Job is to SAVE SOULS, abd counsel his eclessia. Humanist affairs are NOT his province.

      • Since you are giving your opinion publicly, you have a clean house? Is there a clean house in the USA (or any other country) when they interfere in foreign countries?

      • If it’s so courageous where is the off-the-cuff comment about pro choice candidates? I’m a tradition with myself which leads me to believe that you are not because if you were you would be ticked off that he made no reference to the long condemned economic theory of socialism and how one of the Democratic candidate holds to that philosophy and that both of them are pro-choice. This gets complicated so this was a lot of things but courageous was not one of them.

  3. The real problem I have with Trump on this issue is that he just shoots his mouth off without looking at the content and context of the Holy Father’s statement. Do we want a President that is that impulsive? The Pope has every right to speak out on moral issues which includes the treatment of the men, women, and children who are immigrants. Pope Francis has the courage to speak the truth regardless of the consequences.

    • It just seems to me that the Pope is the one who is constantly just shooting his mouth off instead of practicing the virtue of prudence. The Pope was speaking out against morality in this case. It is Infallible Catholic Teaching that all nations have a moral obligation to protect and defend its citizens . That includes protecting them against an unjust and illegal invasion of criminals seeking to do grave harm to the citizens of a nation. We all know this by the thousands of innocent victims of crime, rape and death to say nothing of the selling of deadly drugs to our children. They steal the American people’s hard earned services in health care, education and benefits that should be going to our veterans and citizens in need. That is stealing and it is still a grave sin which can send a soul to hell for all eternity. The Pope should not be advocating sin against a nation no matter where he comes from or what his political persuasion is. He is to be a spiritual leader always advocating for Justice and Mercy. He certainly has shown no mercy to the victims of the invaders and has shown no sense of Christian Justice either. We need a new Pope who will advance the Gospel and not a socialist ideology from the slums of Argentina and the extreme leftist Jesuit order!

      Lord have mercy and give us a holy Pope who loves the gospel and the rights you have established for Nations.

      • And remember. These are not immigrants who pay their fees, wait seven years, study our laws and are treated as all others from all other nations. THESE ARE INVADERS and we own them nothing. The Catechism quote is in regards to legal immigrants not invaders. Don’t equate the two.

        • Isabelle, you seem to think that if Christ were alive on earth today, he would be hanging around you and Donald Trump and Republicans. If Christ were alive today, he would be hanging out with the immigrants, the sick, the poor and the oppressed & suppressed classes of people. Not you. Not Donald Trump. Not Republicans.

          • Jesus is alive and here today. Go to any Catholic Church and pray toward the Tabernacle. Jesus is here, now, for everyone.

        • I’m in favor of a wall and opening up immigration MORE and don’t think we should reward law breakers but this 7 year thing is a little ridiculous. Our ancestors didn’t have to do that, unless of course you are Native American.

          • Well according to our Pope, those of us who believe in building a wall to protect our citizens are not Christian. Yes! He was Implying that all of us who believe in legal immigration and in the protection of the American people are not Christian. This was not a comment directed just against Mr. Trump it was against all of us who believe that a wall would be helpful in the defense of our Nation.

        • Yes, I am holy by way of my Baptism and by being a member of the Body of Christ. Baptized persons are set apart for God’s purpose. Therefore they are holy. Perhaps you are confusing virtuous with holiness? Try to at least ask the right questions. You can do this by learning the Catholic Faith.

      • I believe God gave you this pope. So deal with it. God doesn’t give you a pope that you think you want and think is best for you and your ideals. He gave this pope to the world.

        • I believe that those called to elect the Pope must be open to the grace and prompting of the Holy Ghost. They must be very prayerful and empty of personal desires or a political agenda of their own which would bar the grace of the Holy Spirit in the process of electing a pope. It is the same for young people praying for a future spouse. They can be open and humble to the grace and prompting of God or they can decide for themselves without the benefit of grace in choosing a spouse. We all know and have witnessed the horrors of these marriages. So it is with the election of the Pope by cardinals who have their own desires and plans, even lobbying others on behalf of their agenda. Often times, as God is humble and never forces, he permits us to have our choices and not his. That does not excuse us in our duty to the Church.

    • Actually, he should build a much taller one as the Muslims have invaded Italy and their terrorists have been threatening to take over the vatican.

  4. Being out of politics is being out of being human! You wouldnt begin to imagine – neither will the Pope! Better to stop the fire from consuming your home than to wait for the time to spare ashes in place of house!

  5. Every nation is morally obligated to protect and defend its citizens. To fail in such an obligation is to cease to be a legitimate governmental authority. The infinite horror of the drug cartels poisoning our children, murdering our citizens and committing the most grave crimes against innocent American families is a grave moral atrocity! America has always been the MOST GENEROUS, THE MOST WELCOMING AND THE MOST MORAL OF ALL NATIONS ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. HER CITIZENS’ LOVE OF NEIGHBOR IS COMMENDABLE. TO INVADE A PEOPLES HOME IS A GRAVE MORTAL SIN AND TO STEAL THE WEALTH AND RESOURCES OF A NATION IS TO BE MORALLY CONDEMNED BY ALL CHRISTIANS. POPE FRANCIS, YOU OWE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A SINCERE APOLOGY AND YOU SHOULD GO TO CONFESSION AND DO PENANCE FOR YOUR UNCHARITABLE REMARKS AGAINST THE INNOCENT IN FAVOR OF THOSE WHO ATTACK OUR NATION, OUR RESOURCES, OUR CHILDREN, AND THREATEN OUR LIVES. -A faithful Catholic.

    • The number of innocent people coming across the border far outweighs the murderers. If America were such a Christian nation, why do you propose keeping out all immigrants nondiscriminately? Why do you say it’s a Christian nation when there is widespread support of abortion? Gay marriage? A refusal to reach out to women and children fleeing the civil war in Syria? I’m not saying there’s no crime among immigrants, but your tone is anything but welcoming to people who genuinely need help. That’s what Pope Francis was talking about. Trump is no different than the American Party of the 1850s or the American Protective League a generation later.

      • They are not innocent if they are crossing our border illegally. In that case, they are criminals deserving of punishment. They are invaders deserving of nothing but our legal system condemning them all. Are you actually going to defend Crime? Please stop pretending to be a Catholic. Catholics are law abiding people who respect the rights of nations and their persons. We do not respect crime and we believe criminals should be punished as God teaches.

        • PS. I didn’t say America is a Christian Nation. We all know that the Democrats in this country are evil persons who support the genocide of innocent children, sodomy even as equal to the gift of marriage from God. Many of these very evil persons are even members of the Catholic Church who corrupt her divine message leading some to confusion and even to partaking in such grave offenses.

          Regarding the syrian refugees, I am afraid you are far too late in your accusations. It was this administration that invaded Syria and gave the syrian rebels (who are now ISIS) missiles from Benghazi and even paid Al Qaeda Terrorists to fight there. That was Hillary’s job and also McCain. These rebels supported by Democrats cut the hearts out of little children, raped and dismembered their mothers and crucified their fathers. Then, they invaded Europe where they raped thousands of women and children in Finland, and in Sweden which is now called the muslim rape capital of the world. They are raping so many women and children in Germany that the victims are being silenced by the government. You think these “migrants” (lol) are women and children??? Seriously? The women and children are all dead. The men left them to die in camps in Syria. They went to Europe to invade it and to take it over. The Pope encouraged it. That is a fact.

          • Be careful about believing Trump is pro-life and who you vote for. With such an unkind manner and insulting mouth, as a president Trump woukr probably get the US nuked and kill many.

      • No, I am 100% serious. Pope Francis has no respect for law or legitimate authority. Every nation has a moral obligation to defend and protect its citizens. To fail in doing so is to lose it’s authority. No one has a right to invade another home. There are laws that protect the Nation and they must be obeyed. Are you advocating a lawless society where everyone has a right to steal and take what is not theirs? That is advocating against Jesus Christ’s gospel. We will build a wall and we will keep out the violent drug cartels, the rapists the children who’s parents abandoned them to rapists and the murderers. That is moral. That is good and that is Christian especially in terms of protecting the innocent. That is Government’s job according to the Teachings of the Catholic Church. If you oppose these teachings, kindly renounce your baptism and get out. Love you!

        • USA is built on the invasion of another’s home. Have you done anything about correcting that? Americans live in another’s home and are invading another’s home (remember Iraq).

          • Excuse me but who’s home is the United States of America if not American citizens? You sound very envious and angry that America is such a great Nation built by the most generous and industrious people in the world. Do you want to steal what does not belong to you? Are you advocating theft of America’s goods, resources and the property of her citizens? Seriously??? Have you ever heard of the Ten Commandments?

    • “TO INVADE A PEOPLES HOME IS A GRAVE MORTAL SIN AND TO STEAL THE WEALTH AND RESOURCES OF A NATION IS TO BE MORALLY CONDEMNED BY ALL CHRISTIANS”. I like your words. What you just said is what USA do in around the world. You need to condemned all the President of US in this past century.

        • You mean the savages who were warring against one another scalping them? They should be grateful that the Catholic Europeans sacrificed to bring them the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

      • America is no mans land . its suppose to be open to every body who loves to be there
        do you know your origin ?
        you are not an American so shutup

      • No one is invading Mexico because they have reverted to their barbarian ways. We don’t see millions of Americans invading Mexico or Central America because they are so corrupt and incapable of maintaining human dignity for their people.

      • The catechism, that popular and most authoritative epitome of Catholic theology, gives us the most complete and succinct definition of charity; it is full of wisdom (103) and philosophy. Charity is a supernatural virtue which induces us to love God above all things and our neighbors as ourselves for the love of God. Thus after God, we ought to love our neighbor as ourselves, and this not in any way, but for the love of God and in obedience to His law. And now what is to love? Amare est velle bonum, replies the philosopher: “To love is to wish good to him whom we love.” To whom does charity command us to wish good? To our neighbor, that is to say, not to this or that man only but to everyone. What is that good which true love wishes? First of all supernatural good; then goods of the natural order, which are not incompatible with it. All this is included in the phrase “for the love of God.”

        It follows, therefore, that we can love our neighbor, when displeasing him, when opposing him, when causing him some material injury and even, on certain occasions, when depriving him of life. All is reduced to this in short: Whether in the instance where we displease, oppose or humiliate him, it is or is not for his own good, or for the good of someone whose rights are superior to his, or simply for the greater service of God.

        If it is shown, that in displeasing or offending our neighbor, we act for his (104) good, it is evident that we love him even when opposing or crossing him. The physician cauterizing his patient or cutting off his gangrened limb may none the less love him. When we correct the wicked by restraining or by punishing them none the less do we love them. This is charity and perfect charity. It is often necessary to displease or offend one person, not for his own good, but to deliver another from the evil he is inflicting. It is then an obligation of charity to repel the unjust violence of the aggressor; one may inflict as much injury on the aggressor as is necessary for the defense. Such would be the case should one see a highwayman attacking a traveler. In this instance, to kill, wound, or at least take such measures as to render the aggressor impotent, would be an act of true charity.

        The good of all good is the divine good, just as God is for all men the neighbor of all neighbors. In consequence the love due to a man inasmuch as he is our neighbor ought always to be subordinated to that which is due to our common Lord. For His love and in His service we must not hesitate to offend men. The degree of our offense towards men can only be measured by the degree of our obligation (105) to him. Charity is primarily the love of God, secondarily the love of our neighbor for God’s sake. To sacrifice the first is to abandon the latter. Therefore to offend our neighbor for the love of God is a true act of charity. Not to offend our neighbor for the love of God is a sin.

        Modern Liberalism reverses this order. It imposes a false notion of charity; our neighbor first, and, if at all, God afterwards. By its reiterated and trite accusations of intolerance, it has succeeded in disconcerting even some staunch Catholics. But our rule is too plain and to concrete to admit of misconception. It is: Sovereign Catholic inflexibility is sovereign Catholic charity. This charity is practiced in relation to our neighbor when in his own interest, he is crossed, humiliated and chastised. it is practiced in relation to a third party, when he is defended from the unjust aggression of another, as when he is protected from the contagion of error by unmasking its authors and abettors and showing them in their true light as iniquitous and pervert, by holding them up to the contempt, horror and execration of all. It is practiced in relation to God when, for His glory and in His service, it becomes necessary to silence all human considerations, to trample under foot all human (106) respect, to sacrifice all human interests, and even life itself to attain this highest of all ends. All this is Catholic inflexibility and inflexible Catholicity in the practice of that pure love which constitutes sovereign charity. The saints are the types of this unswerving and sovereign fidelity to God, the heroes of charity and religion. Because in our times there are so few true inflexibles in the love of God, so also are there few uncompromisers in the order of charity. Liberal charity is condescending, affectionate, even tender in appearance, but at bottom it is an essential contempt for the true good of men, of the supreme interests of truth and of God. It is human selflove usurping the throne of he Most High and demanding that worship which belongs to God alone.

        From, Liberalism is a Sin

    • Me thinks, Isabelle, that you are reading revisionist history. If you don’t think that our country (my family has been here since 1650) has had a hand in the PROBLEMS it is facing now, then you are living in a dream world. Who do you think helped develop the banana republics of Central America? Who do you think trained the soldiers that killed Ignacio Ellacuria and the martyrs of Él Salvador? Which North American nation trained the paramilitary organization that assassinated Bishop Oscar Romero? Which country allowed semi automatic weapons to be sold to known gun runners that sold them to the Mexican Cartels? Which country sold arms and intelligence to the Talibán in Afghanistan when they were fighting the Russians, then used those weapons on us? To invade a people’s home is a grave moral sin and to steal their resources is to be condemned by all Christians. True. Then we should all leave this country, ask forgiveness of the native peoples of this land and make reparations for our collective national sins.

      What you are spouting is nothing more than what the Pharisees spouted against Jesus. They called him out for speaking against the powers that be, because those powers had lost their way. The Religious leaders of Jesus’ day believed they had the power over the people to say what was right and wrong, which they did because Jesus said to do as they teach, but don’t follow their example. They honor with their lips but their hearts are far from me.

      • I know this. Millions of American Catholics belong to a political party that has in its platform the “right” to commit genocide and which supports the sin of sodomy even raising it to the level of marriage! I know that Catholic parishes have engaged in the illegal harboring of criminal aliens putting our citizens at grave risk of serious crimes. My mother’s neighbor Mary Nagle, a Catholic mother of two young boys was one such victim. You know, the usual rape and murder deal and then the calling on her cell phone to all her family sending them photos of her dead and bloodied body on the floor of her home. Do you really believe that those who broke our legitimate laws and harbored this rapist and murderer will be excused? I don’t. I know that God is Just as well as merciful. I know there are now tens of thousands of men women and children who have suffered greatly because of the false mercy of Catholics like you!

        I know what the Government has done. What is worse is that it was Catholics who supported its crimes! Catholics put Obama in office! Catholics let him sell the guns to the Mexican drug cartels and who opened our borders to the kidnappers the murderers and the rapists. It was bad Catholics who supported child trafficking from Central America letting children with no parents journey with hired mules to this country where there were Catholics ready to welcome them.

        Who voted for the Democrats who went into Benghazi, killed Gadaffi, got all of his weapons and hired Al Quaeda operatives to go into Syria with Lybian missles to attack the Syrian Government? Yes, who created ISIS in the middle east? You know, the people who crucify teenagers, behead people and bury children alive or worse cook them to feed to their mothers (the sex slaves). Bad Catholics that’s who.

        You remind me of Judas who got himself involved with the political leaders of the day and who sold our Lord for money. That is what bad Catholics do. They put evil men and women in power so that they can keep their jobs, or get more student loans or remain loyal to their Union bosses so as to get better compensation and benefits. You trade your Lord for a bigger piece of bread. You are enslaved like the Israelites who want to go back to Pharaoh because at least as his slaves they had bread!

        I wish you would leave this Country and go to Syria where the likes of you brought hell to earth. I am staying right here where God wants me to be. I am going to continue to fight against the evils bad Catholics brought to our Nation and to souls. I am going to fight against your child genocide, the filth of homosexual marriage, the filth of pornography, rape, child trafficking and even child sex trafficking the heroin epidemic the rotten Catholic CCD programs, and any other evil I am confronted with or made aware of in my own soul and in the world. I am a soldier of Christ. That is what I do best. I KNOW WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG. God has revealed this to us. What a shame that you do not know the difference between right and wrong and therefore go with the flow of the world to your ruin.

        Have a joyful day. I am off to the child killing center to pray the Rosary with my parish.

  6. Pope Francis is judging America negatively instead of looking at the drug dealers, coyotes and criminals who pour over our borders. We are a generous, kind country who’s citizens constantly try to help the poor. Why not publicize the middle eastern countries whose treatment of Christians is unspeakable instead of aiming for America and our free, democratic process. My large extended Catholic family is fed up with Pope Francis. MYOB!

    • Pope Francis has condemned the persecution of Christians countless times. He’s called for countries that are able, and the United States is truly able, to help people in need. Yet Trump and his cult members want to bar immigrants from Central America who are trying to escape the cartels and violence. They want to bar refugees from Syria, mostly women and children, out of fear. So what do you suggest we do? Fear the few and abandon the many in need like Trump says, or help everyone we can like the Church says?

      And for the record, our “free, democratic process” has yielded plenty of moral evil.

    • Perhaps Catholic in name. No catholic would speak of the Pope or any religious Leader in those terms. Nobody wants your tainted money Mary Lynch and you cannot take it with you. Before it is too late we should all learn to be mercyful to those less well off than ourselves. And its getting pretty late.

  7. And about the dictator Fidel Castro, one of the richest men in the world according to Forbes magazine? Certainly a good Christian who pleases to the Pope. At least we never heard a papal word about Castro and brother.

  8. Ryan Scheel, if I cannot count on U Catholic to deliver the un-sensationalized news of the day than who can I turn to? I am saddened by the use of this headline to draw the reader in when we SHOULD be building bridges and stopping the political rhetoric based on comments taken out of context. SAD 🙁

      • nope, but I am for factual reporting which is a lost profession. we live in a digital age where people read a phrase and create their own story then perpetuate the half truth without discernment. It is a struggle how quickly masses can now be manipulated by media. Look at your reaction, even though I mentioned nothing about political candidates you made an assumption and posted it for others with no basis. I think the photos chosen were inflammatory on both parties and the headline was misleading to how the conversation began as a tongue in cheek answer to a pointed question and then crumbled from there.

  9. And, remember it was Pope Francis who told Catholics to welcome the :Islamic migrants (terrorists) who have raped thousands of european women and children and murdered others. So much blood and sin is on his hands for leading people to believe it is uncharitable to defend your nation, your wives and children from barbarian invaders. Pope Francis, the Catholic Church calls you to repentance!

    • I suggest you actually read what Pope Francis said about ISIS. He has made it clear that it is acceptable to take military action against them, and that nations are morally obligated to defend themselves. He also said that we are to extend charity. I don’t know where you’re getting statistics that Islamic migrants are terrorists. Except for the isolated tragedy in Paris, there is absolutely no concrete evidence for that from any reputable news source. Most of those fleeing the Middle East are women and children, as well as Christians. You’re speaking out of fear. Or you’re a troll. Either way, fear and hate of others, and abandoning of them in a time of need and difficulty is just plain wrong. Fear and hate do not win. Love and charity do.

      • Not only did I read it in more than ten Catholic articles and secular papers but I listened to him say it. Then when the savages invaded and began their rape attacks the Pope was silent!!! There is no Christian charity in that!!! You are not a Catholic. You are obviously a man who enjoys the fact that the pope defended muslim rapists. You hate America and you hate civilized people. Also, it is obvious you hate real Christian values that defend women and children from savages who rape and slaughter. What a human disgrace you are to support such atrocities against the innocent and yet have traffic with evil.

      • Yes. This is Lent. This is the time of repentance, of confession, of prayer, sacrifice, adoration, confession, fasting and alms giving. Please join us in converting your life to Jesus Christ through His Church. Jesus is alive now, teaching now, healing now, sanctifying now through His Church. Seriously, now is the time for conversion. Please celebrate the great gift of Lent that God has offered to us as all are in need of repentance including the Pope! Are there souls here on earth that you believe are not in need of repentance? Perhaps even your own?

  10. if the Pope is disgraceful, so what is donald trump? an apex of diagrace? trump and his paid bloggers should stop using the Pope and Catholics to win votes of non-Catholics. trump is about to loose his republican nomination so now anything goes on his desperate ambition.trump doesn’t have the qualities of being a leader of a country, not even a barker on the streets.

  11. The Democrat Party is full of false Catholics who have the blood of billions of holy innocents on their hands. How often have you gone after the Kennedy’s the Kerrys, the Pelosis, the Cuomos for their using of the Catholic Church to get Catholic Votes with lies? There are a lot of false Catholics using the Church to promote evil. Every single democrat belongs to that category. So what is Donald Trump for wanting to protect our citizens? Tell me, what is he but a sensible American leader who has our Nations interests at heart instead of the drug cartels and the savages who abandon their children to travel miles with mules who rape them and use them in ways unbecoming a Catholic child. Donald Trump is an American who is running for the Office of President and we all know that there is not a single Catholic in office that can hold a candle to him especially if they are a murderous democrat.

    • Isabelle. Let jesus back into your life. Let go of your anger, resentment and foolish pride. The Pope recognises the enormity of the situation and the brink we all stand upon. Sometimes the best way to seek peace is to prepare for war as Donald Trump is trying to do and sometimes the best way to make peace is to reach out in a gesture of welcome and help and even forgiveness. I think we are all quietly braceing ourselves for Armageddon but I think we should still try to avoid the bloodbath if we possibly can.

    • It is very evident that you support Trump and really hate Pope Francis. Common sense would dictate that you are not Catholic and that you clearly have the ‘evil’ ideas Trump has in store for America. All I ask of you is evidence of these accusations against the Holy Father. And if as you say, thousands of European women and children were subjected to human torture, how come the European Union said nothing about the whole situation? Just a thought. you are giving alot of empty facts.. your arguments cannot hold. All I need is evidence to believe you. If not , you are really nothing but a hoax.

      • I support the rule of law and do support the right of all peoples and nations to protect and defend their citizens from invaders who are sometimes diseased, orphaned by very sinful parents, uneducated, unhealthy and prone to violence against innocent persons. Invaders who place a society at risk of diseases, violence and become a serous threat to the educational, health and welfare systems meant for the citizens of a nation are a grave threat and need to be dealt with in order to protect the common good. To encourage those who commit such grave acts against a Nation is abominable and not in union with the teaching of the Church. I support many of the things Mr. Trump proposes for our Nation as policies but not everything. I will not vote for him in the primary.

        I believe Pope Francis is a very abusive spiritual father who consistently abuses his authority and even individual members of the Church. Today he said that the use of artificial contraception may sometimes be permissible as a lesser of two evils. That is heresy. The Use of Contraception is so evil according to Pope John Paul II that it is a direct attack against the Creator making oneself their own little god. It is probably the most grave of all sins as abortion is a direct attack against the human person but contraception is a direct attack against God the Creator. If I recall the Saints words correctly, he said that it is to make lawful not recognizing God as God! Can you imagine teaching Catholics that? Learn your faith so that if you are ever presented with a situation like this, you will know how to respond. For a Catholic, truth is everything. If something is not true, reject it. If it is, no matter where you find it or no matter who is saying it, believe it. Mr. Trumps desire to develop policies to protect and defend this Nation are in absolute agreement with our Catholic Faith. To defend those who invade us is in opposition to Christian Charity. You can not be acting in charity when you are permitting souls an excuse to commit evil. That is what the Pope is doing regarding his framing of an illegal invasion as mere immigration policy. He is defending a Crime against Humanity.

      • I support the rule of law and do support the right of all peoples and nations to protect and defend their citizens from invaders who are sometimes diseased, orphaned by very sinful parents, uneducated, unhealthy and prone to violence against innocent persons. Invaders who place a society at risk of diseases, violence and become a serous threat to the educational, health and welfare systems meant for the citizens of a nation, are a grave threat and need to be dealt with in order to protect the common good. To encourage those who commit such grave acts against a Nation is abominable and not in union with the teaching of the Church. I support many of the things Mr. Trump proposes for our Nation as policies but not everything. I will not vote for him in the primary.

        I believe Pope Francis is a very abusive spiritual father who consistently abuses his authority and even individual members of the Church. Today he said that the use of artificial contraception may sometimes be permissible as a lesser of two evils. That is heresy. The Use of Contraception is so evil according to Pope John Paul II that it is a direct attack against the Creator making oneself their own little god. It is probably the most grave of all sins as abortion is a direct attack against the human person but contraception is a direct attack against God the Creator. If I recall the Saints words correctly, he said that it is to make lawful not recognizing God as God! Can you imagine teaching Catholics that? Learn your faith so that if you are ever presented with a situation like this, you will know how to respond. For a Catholic, truth is everything. If something is not true, reject it. If it is, no matter where you find it or no matter who is saying it, believe it. Mr. Trumps desire to develop policies to protect and defend this Nation are in absolute agreement with our Catholic Faith. To defend those who invade us is in opposition to Christian Charity. You can not be acting in charity when you are permitting souls an excuse to commit evil. That is what the Pope is doing regarding his framing of an illegal invasion as mere immigration policy. He is defending a Crime against Humanity.

        • FYI: Church Teaching regarding Contraception from Pope John Paul II

          On September 17, 1983, Pope John Paul II gave these powerful words affirming the Church’s constant teaching prohibiting contraception:

          “When … through contraception married couples remove from the exercise of their conjugal sexuality its potential procreative capacity, they claim a power which belongs solely to God; the power to decide in a final analysis the coming into existence of a human person. They assume the qualification not of being cooperators in God’s creative power, but the ultimate depositories of the source of human life. In this perspective, contraception is to be judged objectively so profoundly unlawful as never to be, for any reason, justified. To think or to say the contrary is equal to maintaining that, in human life, situations may arise in which it is lawful not to recognize God as God.”

          Now tell me why a Pope would teach Catholics under any circumstances, that they have a right not to recognize God as God? Thanks.

  12. Jim. Have you ever heard of Eucharistic Adoration? I am a perpetual Eucharistic Adorer. Obviously you do not know God. What poverty ! There is a righteous anger and I am grateful to hold it. Recall if you can that Jesus came to bring a sword and not peace. The Church is warlike in her nature and the Christian is born for battle. This fight is not one that children should attempt to get involved with. I am a soldier of Christ and I will not be found in a state of repose while souls are at stake. I am the salt of the earth and for this battle, I was born, trained and made willing by years of prayer, sacrifice, adoration, daily Mass, frequent confession and fasting. Go and let your kumbya Jesus into your life. I know Jesus and I am ready to battle for him and for his Church and for your soul no matter what the cost to myself. Jesus did not avoid the bloodbath and neither will those who believe in their Confirmation and live it. There will be no avoiding the crucifixion for a faithful Catholic.

    • Isabelle, you sound like a very educated person, who has taken the time to learn and who is passionate about the faith, unfortunately, what you lack is LOVE. You can spend hours in front of the Tabernacle and pray and learn, but if you lack love, then you have nothing. At first, I was interested in what you have to say, but a lot of what you said turned me off – And is the lack of love and compassion in your passion to defend your beliefs. You obviously are passionate about following the law, and it reminded me about the Pharisees who questioned Jesus everytime he performed a miracle -which was solely out of love. Peace be with you!
      Romans 13:8 8
      Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
      Proverbs 3:3-8

      • Obviously you are fully educated in the divine virtue of Love as taught by the Church. Love means sacrifice. It often entails being persecuted and hated, maligned and even crucified. Did you know that our Lord, after healing the sick, the blind, the lame and even raising people from the dead and feeding them by the thousands he was left with a mere handful of loving believers at the cross? Was Jesus not lovable? Was he not kind? Was he not generous? Was his teaching evil and full of hate? Then why did the same people he loved and taught and healed abandon him and demand his crucifixion?

        The love of the world and the love of God are very different and even completely opposed to the Love of God. Is it loving to act sweet and kind to others while you offend God and they lose their immortal soul. It takes a willingness to be persecuted for the love of neighbor for the love of God. So many Catholics fail in this. That is why they support contraception, abortion, gay marriage, and filth of every kind. They want the world to love them. I, as a follower of Christ, expect to be hated maligned, misunderstood and persecuted. Jesus promised his true disciples they would be hated and persecuted.

        Love is the sacrifice of the self for the wellbeing of the beloved no matter what the cost. Do not be afraid to be hated by the world. God has gone before us and has shown us that we can only love our neighbor FOR the Love of God. If you propose anything that is not in union with God’s Divine Law as good, you are hating your neighbor. As a very wise priest once said, “The physician who cauterizes the patients wound, nonetheless loves him.”

        If you believe you can love a human being apart from the Law of God, you are mistaken. It is not possible. We can only love one another for the love of God and God and HIs Eternal Moral Law can not be separated.

        You say at first you were interested but then chose to be turned off. Well, I respond that at first thousands of people followed Jesus but then they were turned off too and they demanded that he be crucified. I hope you will seek the meaning of divine love because it is true that our Lord was left with five or six followers at the Cross. They truly had the grace of divine love while all others had nothing but the human fear of being disliked or persecuted or being put to death like Jesus. Love overcomes that fear because the self is already given itself away to God.

        • God allowed his only son to be crucified, because even at the heart of the most hatred act…God brought about salvation. And Jesus in his LOVE accepted being crucified. I was turned off, because your words crushes spirits and people who are seeking God, turn away, rather than sit and listen. God is a merciful God, and he wants us to draw people to him. I’m not interested in the approval of the world or its love, but we have to recognize that what the world needs most is the love of God. Why can we not be loving to others while we NOT offend God and we NOT lose their immortal souls. I don’t support contraception, abortion, gay marriage. But we still have to love all of those people and pray, pray, pray for their conversion. And I’m not hating you or attacking you, giving you insight into what people perceive when they read your comments.
          Luke 14:34
          “Salt is good, but if salt itself loses its taste, with what can its flavor be restored?

          • True, God is merciful but God is perfectly Just as well. To leave this little detail about God out of the story is to misguide people. There are people who actually believe that they are saved even while living in grave sin. I meet them every day. There are baptized Catholics who believe the Sacrament of Confession is unnecessary and sometimes receive our Lord in a state of Mortal sin. These souls will not find a merciful Savior but a Just Judge if they fail to repent, confess, do penance and cooperate with Gods grace. Hell exists! Souls really do condemn themselves to hell for all eternity by failing to love God and to keep his Commandments. It is certainly not merciful to fail in instructing them in the Truth that Hell exists and that they really can go there forever. It is merciful to teach this divine truth so that souls may choose to obey God and to become perfect as Jesus Commands us.

            Again, there is no mercy for God or souls in excusing sin or in failing to instruct the ignorant. Catholics will be held accountable. We will be judged and many, upon their deaths, will hear the words “Enter into Hell”. Where is the mercy in that?

            If it is one thing I have never been accused of it is the fault of having lost my saltiness. We are soldiers of Christ. There is a war on and the stakes are very high. I am not a a Kumbya Catholic. And I can absolutely assure you, neither were any of the Saints.

            Jesus offered the people all of his divine love in healing them, feeding them, teaching them, restoring their sight and even their lives. Yet they were eventually all turned off, abandoned Him and turned him over to be crucified. I can not heal anyone, restore their sight or raise them from the dead. These acts of infinite love were completely rejected by God’s own people! Again, Jesus IS love and he was abandoned, and handed over to his enemies, by his own!!! It is always the same story. Jesus is first betrayed by his own. He IS Love and none of us can expect any better treatment . If the world loves you, be worried!!! You can not love anyone more than Jesus and HE was rejected and crucified BY HIS OWN PEOPLE!

            You say what the world needs most is the love of God. Yet, when the Love of God came in Person, He was rejected and crucified by the world. The road to heaven is very narrow. Think of the Israelites in the desert. 400,000 started out and only 2 made it to the Promise land which represents heaven. Do you think it is any different now? Do you think the road became easier or wider? Now, we are even more accountable because Jesus has come and given us the Holy Spirit! Gods mercy assists us in becoming perfect. This grace must not be wasted.

    • Pride some before a fall. Oh God, I am glad I am not like this publican…. I give twice a week, I fast, I go to Eucharistic Adoration, I am the salt of the earth. I am not like the others….. “Do not be like this who go and pray loudly on the street corners so that all may hear their prayers, for I tell you, they have their reward already” ~Jesus. Enjoy your reward.

      • These are merely facts of any Catholics life. Where have you been? Have you never heard of these Catholic Devotions? Are you not a soldier of Christ, the salt of the Earth? Jesus tells us we are the salt of the earth. Do you not believe Him? Is the Church not warlike in her nature? Did Jesus come to bring a sword and not peace? Did our Most Blessed Mother not beg us to Pray the Rosary every day to go to Daily Mass and frequent confession? Are you ashamed of these Catholic Teachings? Are you mocking them?

        Leftist Catholics hate the traditional devotions of the Church. They are the kumbya catholics with the rock bands in Church, who hide the Tabernacle for fear of offending protestants and who mock those who have simple and strong faith in every thing the Church teaches. Still, we are commands to “Be Perfect as our Heavenly Father is Perfect”. I know the way. Pride does go before the fall. I recall the story of St. Joseph of Cupertino who was constantly reminded of this by a mocking monk when he was given books to study for the priesthood. He actually thought it ridiculous that an ignorant peasant would consider studying for the priesthood. As you may know, dear St. Joseph did indeed become a priest and a great saint. Sometimes there are mocking people who believe humility (subjection to truth) as pride. That was this monks case anyway. It is good to examine our motives in all we say about others. Of course there is no pride in your using your “DEACON” Title in these posts, is there?

        • Oh and one more thing. The criminal invaders you are aiding are NOT REFUGEES. They are criminal invaders and many of them have taken the lives of innocent Americans. You have no right to disregard the just and legitimate laws of this Nation. You yourself are now a criminal and the blood of all those your criminal aliens murdered and raped and maimed is on your hands. You MR. HOLIER THAN THOU DEACON BETTER REPENT YOURSELF. YOU BROUGHT THIS INNOCENT BLOOD INTO OUR CHURCH BY ADVOCATING FOR THESE CRIMINALS FROM BEHIND THE ALTAR! In your very misguided and evil mission, you encouraged and aided in human trafficking of little children!!! Many of those children were raped and some were killed while others died on the journey!! How could you do such a thing? How could you encourage parents to abandon their little children to Cyotes? How could you aid in a Criminal invasion that is responsible for the rape, torture and deaths of so many American citizens? You are Evil and you are bringing evil into God’s house! May Jesus grant all of your victims justice for what you have committed! I am astounded that you use the Gospel to help people commit crimes. Truly you must be a son of JUDAS.

      • So, I see that you assist illegals aliens in their invasion of our Country! Seriously you have so much innocent blood on your hands. May God grant these victims Justice against all those who aided these criminals to come into our home. You are a disgrace to the Catholic Church and our Faith.

        http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp When I think of my moms neighbor Mary Nagle who was raped, tortured and murdered, I will always think of you.

        http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp

  13. Here is the actual interview question and response for the full context of what the Pope said and why. Sounds like a pretty reasonable response to me given the way it was couched by the journalist.

    Phil Pullella, Reuters: Today, you spoke very eloquently about the problems of immigration. On the other side of the border, there is a very tough electoral battle. One of the candidates for the White House, Republican, Donald Trump, in an interview recently said that you are a political man and he even said that you are a pawn, an instrument of the Mexican government for migration politics. Trump said that if he’s elected, he wants to build 2,500 kilometers of wall along the border. He wants to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, separating families, etcetera. I would like to ask you, what do you think of these accusations against you and if a North American Catholic can vote for a person like this?

    Pope Francis: Thank God he said I was a politician because Aristotle defined the human person as “animal politicus.” At least I am a human person. As to whether 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. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.

  14. Read the Qur’an first. Loving & forgiveness mandated by our LORD. No where does it suggest you must permit those that kill, rape, pillage, into your land. It does promise persecution for HIS name sake. And that is occurring globally, & now in the USA. Pope Francis had the perfect opportunity to condemn the rise of abortion in Mexico, & the US. Any Catholic who votes for a pro choice candidate is contributing to the most brutal & savage crime Americans face today! May you be blessed with discernment!

  15. Trump don’t blow your own trumpet. Admit you are arrogant, conceited and a loud mouth. You have the nerve to speak against the Holy Father. Listen to him so that you will retreat from Pride-a sin Detestable to God.

  16. I am not surprised if this world is heading to a war, everybody seemed to hate everyone. Please give peace and harmony a chance.

  17. Dear Mr. next U.S.-President Donald Trump to be surely elected:
    Tear down this “Berlin Wall of America” = the border with Mexico and all other countries on that continent of America! Then you will not only be the next President of the United States of America,
    but perhaps also the certain first President of the AMERICA of UNITED STATES!!!
    God bless you becoming the first President of the “America of United States” for that entire American continent!
    I will from now on pray a Rosery for this sake for you, every day and every night!!!
    P.S.:
    And form an firm alliance out of “Iron and Bronze Wall” with your Russian brother V. Putin, as well as the Kuomintang Party from “Republic of China”(Taiwan)! Then the entire world will be free from IS-terrorisms, one for every time on earth!!!

  18. Dear Mr. next U.S.-President Donald Trump to be surely elected:

    Tear down this “Berlin Wall of America” = the border with Mexico and all other countries on that continent of America! Then you will not only be the next President of the United States of America,
    but perhaps also the certain first President of the AMERICA of UNITED STATES!!!
    God bless you becoming the first President of the “America of United States” for that entire American continent!
    I will from now on pray a Rosery for this sake for you, every day and every night!!!
    P.S.:
    And form an firm alliance out of “Iron and Bronze Wall” with your Russian brother V. Putin, as well as the Kuomintang Party from “Republic of China”(Taiwan)! Then the entire world will be free from IS-terrorisms, one for every time on earth!!!

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