A Vatican spokesperson sought to clarify that the pontiff’s remarks Thursday, in which he said Donald Trump was “not Christian,” were not “a personal attack.”
“The Pope said what we already know, if we followed his teaching and positions: we shouldn’t build walls, but bridges,” Father Federico Lombardi, spokesperson for Pope Francis, said on Vatican radio, according to NBC Nightly News
The Pope said Thursday, “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.”
Lombardi said that this has been the pope’s position on migration in general, not strictly with respect to America, and that his stance is “coherent with the nature of solidarity from the gospel.”
This wasn’t, in any way, a personal attack or an indication on who to vote for. The Pope has clearly said he didn’t want to get involved in the electoral campaign in the US and also said that he said what he said on the basis of what he was told [about Trump], hence giving him the benefit of the doubt.
Trump said the Pope’s remarks were “disgraceful,” and averred that, “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue told CNN Thursday that the Pope had been set up by the reporter because the media was out to get Trump.
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