Friday 18 August 2017

Only a genuine hypocrite would deny Pope's right to speak out on abortion

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Taoiseach Enda Kenny during an audience in his private studio at the Vatican this week Photo: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Taoiseach Enda Kenny during an audience in his private studio at the Vatican this week Photo: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool
David Quinn

David Quinn

People love Pope Francis to comment on politics when it suits them. The Pope was in Mexico earlier this year, not long after Donald Trump made his infamous remarks about Mexicans and "rapists" and building a wall. Speaking to journalists on the plane back to Rome afterwards, quick as a flash, Francis was asked to comment on Mr Trump's remarks.

This was an absolutely natural question for a journalist to ask him, and how the Democrats must have loved his answer. Specifically, the Pope was asked whether a Catholic could vote for Mr Trump in light of what he had said. That is about as political a question as you can get.

Francis responded: "A person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and does not focus on building bridges is not a Christian. This is not the Gospel. In regards to voting and not voting, I will not get involved. I'm just saying that a man that is saying this is not a Christian, if he has really said all of these things. Until then, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt."

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