Whoops! The media has been misreporting Pope Francis and his comments about building bridges instead of walls.
What did the Pope really say about Donald Trump? While the headlines are keeping to their bombastic headlines of the a war of words between Donald Trump and Pope Francis, we have a slightly different view based on what the Pope actually said in his native language.
Tony was out and about, so Rheana Nevitt Piegols sat in to chat about the Pope v Trump debacle and more on Jonathan Capehart from the Washington Post who blocked @zombeck from his twitter feed. Poor little guy couldn’t take it.
As discussed in the show, the article referenced about the Pope and what he said appeared in Washington Post and was written by By James Martin, a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America and author of “Seven Last Words.” The article, “What the pope did, and didn’t, mean when he said Trump was not a Christian” contains the words spoken by Pope Francis on the plane in Mexico and it is apparent that what the media is reporting is quite different from the facts – we’re so surprised.
According to Martin, the Pope’s exact words were:
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. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this man is not Christian if he says things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.
He then goes on to say:
Pope Francis was responding to a question in an in-flight press conference, during the return leg of a papal trip, when reporters usually focus on the neuralgic issues associated with the recently concluded voyage. In other words, the pope didn’t raise the topic himself; nor did he mention Trump’s name in his answer. So the notion that he was going out of his way to “attack” Trump is ridiculous. Rather, the pope was answering a question put to him by a journalist as sincerely as he could. (Also, he assiduously reminded people that he was not telling them who to vote for. He couldn’t have been any clearer about that in his brief answer.)
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