Pope Francis and Donald Trump have at least one thing in common – they are both sinners. But the similarities end there.
Pope Francis frequently reminds us that he is a sinner and asks for our prayers. Trump has told us that he is not a bad person, and therefore he “doesn’t have to ask for forgiveness.”
Pope Francis seeks to build a “Church for the poor.” Trump seeks to build lavish development projects that glorify his name, including a wall on the southern border of the United States that will separate us from our Mexican neighbors.
Pope Francis was a bouncer who became a holy man. Trump went to an Ivy League school and became a bully.
Pope Francis sees the greatness of our nation through our immigrant history and the lives of people such as Dorothy Day, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Merton, and Abraham Lincoln. Donald Trump sees the greatness of our nation in terms of our national wealth and strong-arming nations to make deals with them that favor us.
Pope Francis understands the need to secure national borders within a moral rubric that also provides for building bridges to connect our one human family. Trump seemingly seeks only to build walls without bridges to connect us.
And it is that last point that has not been adequately understood in the public square and that has been the source of a misunderstood controversy.
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