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Pope Says,”Trump Is Not Christian!”

This headline, as seen throughout the media, is bogus. Pope Francis never said that. He said, “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.”
Francis is right. The pope is known as the supreme pontiff. A pontiff is one who builds bridges. By his very title, he is the supreme bridge-builder, and, as Christians, we are all called to tear down walls, and build bridges. Bridges bond; walls separate. This point of transcendent togetherness was the pope’s intent. If  Mr.Trump assigns this to himself, that’s his concern, for every  Republican candidate states he wants to build a wall. As for the pope, he, as the vicar of Christ, has the solemn obligation to discourage wall-building and encourage bridge-building. Come to think of it, don’t we, including Mr. Trump,  share also that obligation.
Walls serve little purpose. The Berlin wall, today’s Jerusalem wall-all walls isolate. Can walls serve a worthy purpose? Of course, but if the builder were to spend her/his money nourishing, educating, and providing on the other side of the proposed wall, perhaps, the wall would never need to be built.
Can you imagine Christ building a wall to keep people out? Certainly not! This is why the Holy Father cried out for bridge-builders. Building walls is unchristian! True Christians build bridges! There’s your challenge, Mr. Trump, and there’s our challenge. For him and for all of us to build bridges demands true courage and not just bravado.


  1. Norm Carroll has been a spiritual guide to me for over 20 years. He was a deacon at my beloved St. Maurice Church along with my totally favorite spiritual guide Fr. Sean Mulcahey. Both of whom have visited and checked up on me during my challenging time. I was overwhelmed with gratitude to feel their authentic love! 🙂 At the risk of possibly disturbing some friends, I must say that to “be” a Christian in the full authentic self is an ideal that is challenging at best for mere mortals. What Pope Francis was saying and my dear Norm is affirming in his excellent OpEd is Truth in what it truly means to be a Christian. An ideal that is extremely hard to achieve. As Ghandi once said ” I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians…” We can get offended by Ghandi’s words and we can get offended by Pope Francis​, but it doesn’t change the Truth.

  2. The Pope says that “building walls” is not a Christian value, that excluding people is not what is taught. Trump is stating the problem of non vetted imagination as being used for political gain reasons like stacking the deck. As a country taking care of our poor should be a priority but in fact has become a holding cell for manipulated marginalized people. The U.S. takes in over a million emigrants a year in a well thought out process . The hype in the media is just to insight as usual!

    1. Remember, “God does not call the qualified, He Qualifies the call”. This statement gives me hope since in living a long life I’ve witnessed this phnominine over and over again. We just need to
      believe that God is in charge!

      1. Anne; I do hope you are in good health and spirits. You are right; God is in charge, but God works only through each of us. So we must not only believe but work to correct injustice and to promote divine love gushing through our world.

  3. If the shoe fits, wear it. I think Trump’s knee jerk reaction wasright on…the shoe fit him perfectly…and not ONLY him.

  4. It seems to me that as we struggle on our Christian journey, we ought to recognize that the Pontiff is repeating the teaching of Jesus. He is clearly demonstrating the position of a Christian and Prophet, a position all of us are called to through our baptism. As we have been taught through the Word, Jesus position has always been inclusiveness. He invited all to the Table. Granted, we ought have some order to avoid the loss of life, but certainly not a wall. All walls, whether physical, spiritual, well intended, or deliberate only result in the inability to communicate and share love with our sisters and brothers wherever we find them.

    I remember well a rather prominent politician declaring: “Tear Down That Wall”

    1. We remember that the most important walls are of the mind and spirit. Is my heart open to you? Are you welcome by me? Am I closed to you? These are the primary walls Jesus would have us tear down. Walls of stone and wood symbolize this human coldness.

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