POPE: A Christian response

You recently published a letter about the Pope's answer to a question from a journalist about the plan of US presidential hopeful Donald Trump to build a wall between the USA and Mexico and make Mexico pay for the wall, (News Post Leader, March 3).

Thursday, 17th March 2016, 3:00 pm

Donald Trump has referred to himself as a Christian. The Pope is the head of the Catholic Church and that he expressed views based on his understanding of what being a Christian means, shouldn’t really be a surprise.

Your correspondent suggested that the Pope’s response was vociferous. That is not my opinion, but you can form your own as the Pope’s response can be checked online.

The Pope said: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever it may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian.”

He declined to comment on whether Americans should vote for Trump.

Your correspondent asked, would the Pope have been so vociferous if Mexico had a different religion to Catholicism?

Setting aside the interpretation of the word “vociferous”, we don’t know the answer for at least one reason, Donald Trump is not planning to build a wall between the USA and Canada.

However, you might like to get a flavour of the Pope’s view of the Israel/West Bank wall, neither Israel or Palestine being regarded as a Catholic country, by searching online.

Charles Thompson

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