Pope Francis has interjected himself into American politics by asserting that Donald Trump is not a Christian by virtue of the fact that Mr. Trump wants to build a wall.
Of course, the Vatican City is surrounded by a wall. It’s a rather imposing wall, too. I’ve been there several times and have walked along a portion of its perimeter. Believe me, it’s a tall wall and gives the Vatican a fortress-like appearance from the outside. Who built this wall? It couldn’t have been a Christian.
Why on earth would Il Papa see fit to insert himself into the GOP primary? There’s only one reason I can think of. The pope is a committed leftist. Like any good leftist, American or otherwise, Pope Francis obviously believes American wealth is here for the taking.
There are a couple of points that must be made here regarding illegal immigration:
1. Don’t believe the lie that everyone who crosses into the U.S. illegally is in search of a better life. That’s probably true for a lot of illegals, but too many illegals come here to take advantage of Americans, corrupt Americans, or kill Americans. Not everyone who comes here does so with noble intensions. It is up to us to act accordingly, which is why The Donald is doing as well as he is. There is nothing un-Christian about cutting off the flow of illegal immigration, and nothing uncharitable about wanting to protect oneself from someone with diabolical intentions.
2. Donald Trump is not anti-immigration. Like most of us rank-and-file Americans, he is anti-illegal immigration. There is a huge difference between the two.
Trump’s response to the pope was vintage Trump.
Mr. Trump responded immediately at a campaign rally in Kiawah Island, S.C. Discussing the Islamic State, “their primary goal is to get to the Vatican.”
“If and when the Vatican is attacked,” he said, “the pope would only wish and have prayed that Donald Trump would have been elected president.”
Pope Francis is obviously welcome to say what he wants about our politicians. But he makes himself appear incredibly small in doing so. Instead of taking the high road as head of the Catholic Church, he has revealed himself to be just another leftist with designs on American wealth. And there are already plenty of those.
The pope could show some leadership and tear down his wall to let immigrants and refugees pour into the Vatican City and help themselves to its treasure. He’d better hope no one from ISIS slips in, though.
But the pope isn’t going to tear down this wall, and no reasonable person would ever expect him to. The Vatican City is a sovereign nation, after all. And if a wall is good enough for the Vatican, then it’s good enough for the United States.