Pope Francis says that Donald Trump's plans to build a wall between Mexico and the USA is "NOT CHRISTIAN".
If I were Donald Trump I would have replied to Francis: "NEITHER IS STORING RICHES IN THE VATICAN WHILE THE WORLD STARVES"
Don't get me wrong. I am no fan of Donald Trump. I think he is a loud mouth and I think he would be a disaster as president.
Nor do I like the Republicans I am a Democrats fan and I would like to see Hiliary Clinton become the first woman president of America.
But I do think that all countries need to protect their borders.
Of course ALL countries also have a humanitarian duty to immigrants - especially those fleeing persecution.
I would prefer to see the well off nations of the world creating stability and economic well being in all those countries where there is trouble and strife.
So instead of building a wall between the USA and Mexico I think the international community should concentrate on making Mexico and other places counties where people can and want to stay at home and where they have access to the basic necessities of life - food, water, health, shelter, education and indeed the rights to family life and work.
Donald Trump and others are politicians. They are not religious leaders. Of course politicians have the responsibility to promote justice, human rights and indeed charity.
But people like POPE FRANCIS - religious leaders - have a GREATER moral duty to help and serve the poor than worldly politicians have!
People can offer all kinds of excuses for the Vatican not selling at least part of its wealth and giving the money to the poor.
But the truth from Christ's point of view is that THERE IS NO EXCUSE!
When people asked him what they needed to do to follow him he replied: "Sell all you own. Give the money to the poor and then come and follow me".
I know Francis himself lives quite simply. But as long as he is the head of a Church and a State that has massive wealth he has little or no credibility in lecturing others how to be Christian!.