Is the Pope Catholic?

And no, there’s NOT a joke in that headline. Yikes, the Pope is weighing in on the United States election!!

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I’m all for freedom of religion and never ever criticize anyone’s faith, or even lack of faith – it’s a very personal choice, but I gotta say I’m not a fan that the leader of the world’s Catholics has decided to make politics his new cause célèbre, and to attack a private citizen, what is he thinking?

Personally, I think the Pope has more worldly problems to deal with than telling his audience that Trump is not a Christian when it comes to Immigration.

I can understand the Pope talking about immigration while he’s in Mexico. But that’s the extent of his boundaries, in my humble opinion. Yours may differ.

Trump pounced back with this response, the last paragraph of which is the only one that rings true with me.

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Irony: The Vatican Walls that protect the Pope.

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I report. You decide. Did the Pope cross the bounds of his authority? Why did he only criticize Trump? Who wrote the Pope’s words? Was it for some financial gain?

 

13 thoughts on “Is the Pope Catholic?

  1. I’m from a strong Catholic family, raised going to church every Sunday and through the rigors of Catechism classes. Many of my friends went to parochial school (I did not) so in our Polish community, the Pope was King. There was never a bad word spoken about His Holiness. Until Francis. My mother is a saint but the words out of her mouth for Pope Francis would make her mother roll over in the grave. Mom thinks this Pope is one of the worst, making every issue about politics. My mother’s siblings are divided – most of them still feel it is right to support the head of the catholic Church. There are a few who are on my mother’s side, thinking Francis has done Catholics a huge disservice in his term so far.

    I can’t stand Trump but in this case he’s right to put out a strong statement. The Pope had no right to call someone out on his faith.

  2. My late husband’s family is Jewish and even though I was raised a Catholic in an Irish family, I converted for the sake of the children and because I knew Judaism was very important on my husband’s side. My Catholicism was waning, I didn’t attend Mass very often and I doubted the Pope’s word. No matter ones faith, the leader of that faith has no call to cast a shadow on another. It goes against the very grain of being Christian, or faithful of any religion, and the Pope has reached a new low.

  3. A good tweet from John Nolte:

    My lifelong Catholic wife: “The Pope just met with the Castro brothers who literally imprison their people. Did he question their faith?”

  4. I think Trump will lose this battle. I would have let the poison words by the Pope pass, acknowledging the Pope has a right to his opinion. Didn’t Trump call out Cruz’s faith? Double standard.

    1. I’m leaning to agreeing with you. At first I thought Trump was right to be so bombastic in his response but the Pope has a far grater fan base than The Donald.

      Excellent point re Trump calling out Cruz. You win.

  5. Well, I am not Catholic, maybe not even Christian…but I am very spiritual and know follow Jesus , knowing He lives in my (and everyone’s) heart. I am not there yet, but what would Jesus do? He would remind all Sons of God (all people) that they are loved, forgiven, and that we are all connected and the same. Jesus would welcome all with open arms and hearts, teaching that giving and receiving are one in the same. That said, I think there must be a better way than opening our borders to everyone, terrorists included–I just don’t know what it is. I am a big fan of Francis of Assisi–but withhold opinion of the pope. Hmmmm-this was one wishy-washy jumble of a response from me. 😳 Sorry, I’m hitting post anyhow!

  6. Off topic but related:

    Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in nearly 450 years. That was a wonderful time largely because one could change the traditional question to: “Is the Pope Polish?” That used to disturb the Italian-Americans no end. Good times. I’m sure Anon will agree with me here.

  7. I was going to mention the irony pointed out by Catherine…Trump saying “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith” in contrast to his 2/12/16 Tweet: “How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest?” Pot…kettle….?!

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