President Trump is on his way to Europe and the Middle East, stopping along the way for a visit with Pope Francis, the most judgmental pontiff in the history of the Catholic Church, in my opinion.
His Popeness has declared, “I never make a judgment about a person without hearing him out,” in regard to President Trump’s visit.
Bullshit, Frank! Remember when you said that President Trump is “not Christian” because he wants to build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the United States, you know, like the massive wall that surrounds the Vatican (photo, above)?
There are 37 Bible verses regarding the judgement of others. They mostly offer the same advice/directive: ‘Do not judge others, or you too will be judged by the same standard. Judgement belongs only to God. Why are you concerned about the splinter in your neighbor’s eye when you have a beam in your own?’ The most well-known of those verses is Matthew 7:1-3. Perhaps Pope Francis would do well with a remedial bible class.
Matthew 7:1-3King James Version (KJV)
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Pope Francis says he won’t try to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to soften his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, but wants instead to find common ground and work for peace, reports Associated Press, via The Star.
Francis said proselytizing isn’t his style — in politics or religion.
Speaking to reporters while travelling home Saturday from a trip to Portugal, Francis said he would say what he thinks sincerely to Trump and listen respectfully to what the president has to say.
“I never make a judgment about a person without hearing him out,” the Pope said.
Speculation has swirled about what Trump and Francis will discuss during their May 24 audience, given Francis has already said anyone who wants to build walls to keep out migrants is “not Christian.”
Trump, who made building a wall along the border with Mexico a signature campaign promise, responded by saying it was “disgraceful” that the Pope would question his faith.
Francis said that in talks, he always tries to find “doors that are at least a little bit open” where common ground can be found, particularly in peace-building.
“Peace is artisanal. You do it every day,” he said.
Asked specifically if he would try to soften Trump’s policies, Francis said: “That is a political calculation that I don’t allow myself to make. Also in the religious sphere: I don’t proselytize.”
Trump will call on Francis mid-way through his first foreign trip, after visiting Saudi Arabia and Israel and before attending a NATO summit in Brussels and a G-7 summit in Italy.