Pope Francis I has concluded his papal visit to Mexico by giving a speech and holding mass at the US-Mexican border at Ciudad Juarez on Feb. 17, 2016. This was the last stop for Pope Francis before he returned to the Vatican. Donald Trump criticized the pope for this event held across the border from El Paso, TX. Trump declared there was a conspiracy involving the Pope and the Mexican government to keep illegal immigrants flowing into the US. Pope Francis prayed for the Mexican poor and those that had died trying to access the promised land across the US-Mexican border. Joshua Partlow of the Washington Post released an article on Feb. 17, 2016 that was titled “Donald Trump clashed with Pope Francis over migrants.”
Pope Francis has made immigration and abuse of poor and endangered people a global issue from the beginning of his papacy. Trump has depicted Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists, “with maybe a few good people”. The pope is trying to make this a better, more caring world. Trump is the unholy part of this religious skirmish, with continuing assaults on a variety of races, cultures and religions. The pope thinks that Trump’s promise to build a wall on the Mexican border is “not Christian.”
One of Trump’s contentions has been that Pope Francis and the Mexican government has conspired to use the pope’s visit to support illegal immigration from Mexico to the US. The pope delivered several critical speeches about conditions for the poor in Mexico, and the corruption that is rampant in the Mexican government. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto was in attendance for one of the major speeches critical of his administration..
From the time he stepped onto the red carpet at the Mexico City airport, Francis offered pointed critiques of the failings in Mexico’s government and society, pressing his papal finger on the country’s most sensitive wounds. In front of President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose popularity has plummeted amid conflict-of-interest scandals and atrocities linked to security forces, the pope chastised Mexico’s leaders for a culture of corruption. Before the nation’s Catholic bishops, the pope warned against putting faith in the “chariots and horses of today’s pharaohs.” In a vast slum outside the capital, he spoke of the dangers of wealth and greed.
This is another example of the delusional importance that Trump imagines he has on the world’s political stage. Trump could become a global evangelist to convince the world it is time to restrain the US’s ambitions to rule the world. He is using the traditional fundamentalist approach of scaring the hell out of people that don’t hold his views in the US and overseas.
The Pope has returned to the Vatican. The Vatican has officially chastised Trump on his views of immigrants. Crux Now, a Catholic publication, released a staff article on Feb. 17, 2016 that was titled “Vatican to Trump: Don’t lecture the pope on immigration.” Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesperson, told reporters that the pope always has concern for the human dignity of migrants and refugees wherever he is.
The pope always talks about migration problems all around the world, of the duties we have to solve these problems in a humane manner, of hosting those who come from other countries in search of a life of dignity and peace.
Trump’s views were summarized in an interview following the pope’s speech and Mass at the border.
I don’t think he understands the danger of the open border that we have with Mexico. I think Mexico got him to do it because Mexico wants to keep the border just the way it is because they’re making a fortune and we’re losing.
Pope Francis understands world conditions for the poor and is trying to make them better. World governments are squandering trillions of dollars a year to try to win unwinnable wars instead of spending the resources to improve the conditions around the globe. Trump is running for president on a platform of fear, naïve proclamations of things he can never get done, and using his campaign to foment discord. Pope Francis will win this; he has God on his side.