With every passing week, Pope Francis newly reminds us that he’s as much a messenger for the liberal elite as he is a messenger of Jesus Christ. And while there are millions of Catholics who argue that the two messages go hand in hand, we would strongly disagree. Even if the one doing the arguing happens to be the symbolic leader of the Catholic Church.
On a plane back from Columbia this week, Francis said that President Trump should allow the DACA program to continue.
“The President of the United States presents himself as pro-life and if he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that family is the cradle of life and its unity must be protected,” Francis said.
This is not, of course, the first time that Francis has insinuated that President Trump’s faith may not be genuine. During the campaign, Francis opined that building walls was not a “Christian” thing to do, a remark that brought condemnation from Trump, who said that no man of faith should question another’s.
When it comes to immigration, Francis’s views have been well established. He is practically the anti-Trump on the subject, preaching a gospel of inclusion that essentially advises every country to take in as many refugees and immigrants as they possibly can, regardless of the obvious economic and cultural problems that follow. Of course, he says this while comfortably living behind a gigantic wall in Vatican City.
There’s no disputing that one of Christ’s teachings is “Love thy neighbor,” but there’s a gulf of logic from that message to the pope’s entreaty to throw open the borders to every Tom, Dick, and Juan that wants to come into the country. The pope himself admits that he has little understanding of the geopolitical consequences of the topics he speaks about…but that doesn’t keep him from issuing a headline-creating statement every time the mood moves him.
That another famous liberal should come out in favor of DACA isn’t newsworthy, but Pope Francis enjoys a perhaps-undeserved platform for his views thanks to the office he holds. It imbues everything he says with a sort of moral authority that makes it seem like The Truth. But it isn’t. It isn’t any more valuable or rooted in spiritual teachings than the latest comments from Nancy Pelosi.
At the end of the day, it’s just an opinion.