While returning to Rome from Mexico earlier today, the pope gave yet another disgraceful interview. Rorate Caeli has the full text of the interview.
When asked about Donald Trump's proposals to curb illegal immigration (Note - The word "illegal" was not mentioned in today's conversation. That omission, both on the part of the reporters and pope, is utterly disingenuous.), the pope remarked that Trump is not Christian because of his policies. Ladies and gentlemen, his meaning is clear for he was asked about Trump by name. My! Whatever happened to "who am I to judge"? Or is that phrase reserved only for those who engage in mortal sin that is applauded by progressives?
Those questions are not merely rhetorical. When was the last time Pope Francis denounced any of the Democratic candidates as being "not Christian" owing to their support of baby-murder, gay perversion of marriage, etc? For that matter, when did he openly upbraid Obama for ensconcing the funding of abortion in his Obamacare hell-care bill? I didn't think so. As evidenced by his chiding of those who adhere to Catholic tradition over the years, the pope is merely continuing his trend of rebuking those holding to common sense if not the Faith handed to us by Jesus Christ.
Ladies and gentlemen, every decent Catholic knows that nations have not only the right but the morally-binding duty to control their borders for the sake of their citizens who have first claim on their solicitude. In an anthology of posts here, I've linked to a number of sites giving authentic Catholic teaching on the matter, including Summa Theologica. Quite frankly, it is Trump who seems to be of like mind with the Angelic Doctor as opposed to Pope Francis. By the way - look at Vatican City via Google Earth. Yes, it is surrounded by (gasp!) a wall!
Moving down a few paragraphs, the pope is asked about "abortion" and "avoiding pregnancy" for those exposed to the zika virus as a means of settling for the "lesser of two evils". The pope rightly threw out abortion as a "lesser of two evils", calling it a crime. He then spoke of "avoiding pregnancy", citing Pope Paul VI's permitting of the use of contraceptives to nuns who were raped.
This is the first I heard that any pope condoned the use of contraceptives for any reason. I frankly find that difficult to believe. Most, if not all, contraceptives have abortifacient qualities; that is, they cause the death of the newly-conceived child. That is why the Church specifies that the only means of spacing children is periodic abstinence during a woman's fertile period. The pope, by introducing contraceptives into that plane conversation, left an erroneous impression that the usage of contraceptives is now morally permissible. It is not, by any stretch of the imagination. Now did the pope mean to leave that impression? If we say "no", then we must conclude that he's a dunderhead who has no idea what he's saying. However, after three years, there can be no more room for doubt. He knows what he's doing and saying. This bodes ill for Holy Mother Church.
By the way - his trip to Mexico raised some eyebrows. Rather than rehash it here, I'll link to Catholic World Report. Read the comments. They give evidence that many people are waking up and realizing that there is a menace in the Vatican. Pray for our pope and Church. Keep your eyes open and rose-colored glasses off your faces; and help others remove their blinders.
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