The following is a statement from Franciscan Action Network Executive Director Patrick Carolan “Today after Pope Francis told Christians to build walls, Donald Trump called those comments “disgraceful.” What is disgraceful is preaching hatred and fear which are not in any way the message of Jesus. In Matthew 25 Jesus clearly states “what you do unto the least of my brethren you do also unto me.”
For Mr. Trump to continually preach his message of hatred and fear is certainly not following the teachings of Jesus. The Pope is correct that his statements are Unchristian. He also happens to be a head of state and can weigh in on political matters.