Following in an ancient tradition that includes Pope Sixtus V
, backer of the Spanish Armada
of 1588, the Pope has picked a fight with a nationalist leader of the Anglosphere
over borders and national autonomy. From the New York Times
Pope Francis Suggests Donald Trump Is ‘Not Christian’By JIM YARDLEY FEB. 18, 2016ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRLINER — Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that Donald J. Trump “is not Christian” because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border.“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico.
Previous Anglosphere nationalists declared to be not a Christian by popes include Henry VIII
and Elizabeth I
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