Pope Francis says 'Building Walls Means Condemning Yourself to Death.' Is that a biblical idea? If so, I would like to know the book, chapter, and verse.
The Holy Leader of the Roman Catholic Church discussed political and religious issues with a group of Jesuits from Mozambique, Portugal, and Zimbabwe in early September. During the conversation, Pope Francis warned of xenophobia and populism.
"Xenophobia and aporophobia today are part of a populist mentality that leaves no sovereignty to the people. Xenophobia destroys the unity of a people, even that of the people of God," the pope said.
"And the people are all of us: those who were born in the same country, no matter whether they have their roots in another place or are of different ethnic groups. Today we are tempted by a form of sterilized sociology, where you consider a country as if it were an operating theater, where everything is sterilized: my race, my family, my culture…as if there were the fear of dirtying it, staining it, infecting it," he continued.
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I was under the impression that its a rejection of Jesus Christ (and HIS authority) that condemns people to death, and as I understand him, he wasn't much on setting government policies or on telling "Caesar" that he had no right to protect his country from invasion.
So, how does the Pope explain the walls that surround the Vatican? Maybe he should tear down those walls. I'm sure the Muslims won't mind the open invitation to move right in and set up housekeeping on their own, particular way. They'd love a new mosque on Vatican grounds.
While Pope Francis did not directly mention Pres, Trump, in the past, he has criticized our leader's desire to build a wall to stop the flow of illegals into the country.
"There are those who want to stop this very important process of mingling cultures, which gives life to people. Mixing makes you grow, it gives you new life. It develops racial mixing, change and gives originality," The mixing of identities is what we have experienced, for example, in Latin America. There we have everything: Spanish and Indian, the missionary and the conqueror, the Spanish lineage, people’s mixed heritage."
"Building walls means condemning yourself to death. We can’t live asphyxiated by a culture as clean and pure as an operating theater, aseptic and not microbial"
Out of curiosity, what do the "separation of church and state" people have to say about the Pope's authority to insult the United States like that in an obvious attempt to influence our national policies?
" ...Xenophobia destroys the unity of a people, even that of the people of God,"
Once again, Mr. Pope, tear down the walls that surround the Vatican. Prove you're at least as good a man of your word as our democrats who genuinely embrace invasion (accept inside the walls around their own homes, of course). They do also enjoy invoking the authority of God, in their way when it suits their political purposes.
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"Xenophobia" does not destroy the unity of people. Enemies within do, like the ones you're trying to influence within our country with those pontificating remarks of yours.
"Building walls means condemning yourself to death," the pope declared. The Vatican has walls. Sorry folks, this Pope is really off of the rails.