SOMEWHERE OVER THE ATLANTIC – In a wide ranging press conference during his flight back to Italy from Mexico yesterday, Pope Francis weighed in on the current immigration controversy here in the United States. In what is sure to be seen as yet another bombshell from this “Pope of many surprises,” Francis signaled his unequivocal and full support for Donald Trump’s immigration plan.
The endorsement came when the Pontiff was asked a question regarding the Republican candidate’s plan to address immigration, which includes building a huge wall and deporting millions of Mexicans. After responding with a few preliminary comments, Pope Francis declared that, with respect to Mr. Trump and his immigration plan, “I give the benefit of the doubt.”
The Pope’s statement, “I give the benefit of the doubt,” clearly echos his famous words “who am I to judge?”, by which he openly signaled his full support for homosexuality, homosexual acts, gay marriage, and women priests.
It can be assumed then, quite certainly, that Pope Francis, in sharp contrast to his predecessors, is throwing his full support behind Mr. Trump’s plan for deporting every illegal immigrant in the United States and building a giant wall along the border.
We can also assume that he wants to make Mexico pay for it.