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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pope Francis: The not-so-silent 'candidate'

Juarez Mission & Cathedral   (Public Domain)
Some are saying that Pope Francis is directly challenging the candidacy of Donald Trump.

Amanda Gardner of Inquisitr reports that the pope first proclaimed his disapproval of Trump’s ideologies in Philadelphia last year.  Two months before that, Trump had labeled immigrants as “criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.“ The pontiff had countered these assertions with “words of encouragement directly to America’s Hispanic Catholics.”

This week, Pope Francis made a point of empathizing with Mexicans along the United States border. He addressed thousands in Juarez and El Paso, emphasizing that Latin Americans are “being forced out ‘by poverty and violence, by drug trafficking and criminal organizations.’”

How might this affect the American presidential election? Gardner reports that there are “66.6 million parish-affiliated Catholics in the United States,” as well as “an estimated 13.1 million additional” self-identifying ones that “are not associated with specific parishes.”

That's a lot of potential votes, votes that were “nearly equally” divided between the Republican and Democratic parties in 2012. Could the Pope’s huge popularity in America now sway these votes away from a possible Trump nomination?

Trump recently claimed that “the pope is an instrument of the Mexican government.”  Are these the words of a candidate who is running scared? 


Copyright February 18, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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