Some people have been asking us about Pope Francis. “Is it true that the Pope said Trump is communist?” and the like.
So often I warn myself and others to go to the source of what is being said about the Pope; and read it in right context. Because, the media has a way of taking the Pope’s words out of context and bringing confusion to the masses.
I’ll touch upon the “communist” concern here, but if you have other concerns of what the Pope has said, make sure to go to the source.
First of all, I questioned, “how could the Pope really say such a thing?… I don’t believe he would have. There must have been questions posed to him which had him respond as he did. And, then, the media only portrayed part of it.
And, sure enough, that was the case. It is evident that the Spanish daily publication El Pais, who interviewed the Pope, made some biased statements and asked questions based on them. Following is one example:
El Pais: “Your Holiness, about the world’s problems that you have just mentioned, Donald Trump has just become the president of the US, and the whole world is tense because of it. What do you think about that?”
Before I give the Pope’s response I share that, I don’t believe it is accurate to say the “whole world is tense because of” Trump. In fact I experience the opposite. I am more at peace than I have been in a long time with a political leader; and I believe many others are as well.
Pope Francis responds to the question: “I think that we must wait and see. I don’t like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely. We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite unwise.”
Why isn’t the secular media highlighting such quotes from the Pope? Is it because they seek to stir people up? to foster their own agenda? to cause division, unrest and the like? I don’t know their motive, but I think there is a great need for growing in integrity, wisdom and prudence among the media in general. “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Eph 4:29).
Then another opinionated question is asked, that is clearly against Trump.
El Pais: “…the growing inequalities, the absence of strong leadership are giving way to political groups that reflect on the citizens’ malaise. Some of them —the so-called anti-system or populists— capitalize on the fears in face of an uncertain future in order to form a message full of xenophobia and hatred towards the foreigner. Trump’s case is the most noteworthy, but there are others such as Austria or Switzerland. Are you worried about this phenomenon?”
Here again the reporter is stating his subjective opinion as though it is truth. I for one, and I know there are many others like me, do not see Trump in any way as a xenophobic or having hatred toward the foreigner. Rather, I believe those who present him in that way are irrational and distorted in their mindset; they aren’t really listening to what he’s saying, but rather surmising what they want him to be saying, or have heard from others that he is saying.
As for Pope Francis, he responds to this question referring to “populism” and “Hitler” as not good. He is not referring to Trump in this way; only the reporter is by the way he asked the question.
If we are honestly looking at Hitler compared to Trump, there is no comparison whatsoever, except that they are both very strong leaders. Hitler had his own agenda of drawing the people into his communist regime. Trump, on the other hand, is doing the opposite. He is drawing America back to her constitutional roots of “freedom and liberty for all.” Which was very evident at the Prolife March recently.
With the Obama administration, and gradually before that, we were being robbed of our constitutional rights, and drawn more toward communism and a certain “Hitler” regime I believe.
Pope Francis goes on to say: “Can borders be controlled? Yes, each country has the right to control its borders, who comes and who goes, and those countries at risk —from terrorism or such things— have even more the right to control them more…”
And, then he adds, referring to what Hitler did by oppression, which doesn’t at all seem to be Trumps agenda:
“…but no country has the right to deprive its citizens of the possibility to talk with their neighbors.”
I think the key for all of us is to turn to God as our ultimate leader and guide; to return fully to the roots from which we were established: “One Nation Under God, In Whom We Trust.”
I share this post to encourage all of us to beware of taking any media reports at face value, especially if it refers to the Pope, the President or other significant topics. Even if it’s on a seemingly Catholic site such as Spiritdaily or others. I’ve noticed a lot of biased articles there as well.
As time goes on, we will see how all pans out, with President Trump, with Pope Francis and with ourselves. We can pray for Francis and Trump, but the only one we can change, and should be striving to change each day to be more like Christ, is ourselves. Who we become individually, as a nation and as a people of God depends on each one of us and how we respond to the profound graces being poured out in our times.
May we not get too caught up in all that is going on around us, so as to lose sight of what God is wanting to do in our souls. This certainly would be a tactic of the evil one, that would prevent the “Bride” from being all that She is meant to be.
+Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, help us to follow in your footsteps in an ever-more perfect surrender and “yes” to God and His Will in our lives+
“Be it done unto me Lord, according to your Word!” (Lk 1)
To see the full interview with the Pope go here. But a reminder, the interviewer seems bias in ways.