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02/24/2016 04:18 pm ET Updated Feb 24, 2017

The Pope vs. Trump: Let The One Who Is Without Walls Throw The First Stone

We heard lots about the two walls recently: the wall of Trump's dreams, which would protect the United States from illegal immigrants, and the wall that contains and protects the sovereign nation that is Vatican City.

Pope Francis finds Trump's wall-erecting aspirations disappointing. I agree with the sentiments, but I don't think the pontiff has much standing in criticizing Trump. Not only does Francis live in a walled city, but also he heads up an organization that uses its power and obscene wealth to erect and maintain metaphorical walls.

My politics are to the left of those of Bernie Sanders. It pains me to defend Trump. But Donald Trump is right to characterize Pope Francis's criticisms as "disgraceful." No one Christian has the moral authority to decide who the real Christians are, not even the pope.

A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico.

By this definition, one could question whether the pope is Christian. What happened to "Who am I to judge?"

Francis lives in a sovereign state surrounded by a wall. He is the Supreme Pontiff of a church that excludes many of its faithful from the sacraments on a daily basis. He upholds the misogynistic and theologically unsound doctrine that bars women from ordination. These are walls of a kind. Francis did not build them, and anyone paying any attention at all to the pope notices that often the pontiff uses his words to chip away at those walls he inherited. The walls, however, are still standing.

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