Unfortunately, those on the right are no better. The right are passionate in their defense of the unborn and of the sick, weak and elderly who so often have no voice in our world. And that truly is commendable. But then they also fight for the right to capital punishment - killing criminals who need as much time in this life as they can get for a chance at repentance - and the right also fights against anyone strange and unknown coming into their land, no matter how desperate these people may be. We are talking about victims of war and persecution who have seen their homes destroyed and left with nothing but the clothes on their back. There is a faint, faint chance that 1 in a million may be a terrorist (if the odds are even that high), so it's us first and forget about anyone else.
Word in the news now is that Trump says the wall blocking off Mexico will be built in the new few months, and he plans to indefinitely ban ALL immigrants from Syria, and implement a month-long ban against all immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen. When the program does resume, it will be cut in half, allowing far fewer refugees into the United States.
|These Syrian refugees better forget about coming to the US|
Pope Francis on Saturday warned against populism, saying it could lead to the election of "saviours" like Adolf Hitler.
In an hour-long interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, conducted as Donald Trump was being sworn in as US president, the pontiff also condemned the idea of using walls and barbed wire to keep out foreigners, among them refugees and migrants.
"Of course, crises provoke fears and worries," he said, but added that for him "the example of populism in the European sense of the word is Germany in 1933".
The pope added: "Germany ... was looking for a leader, someone who would give her back her identity and there was a little man named Adolf Hitler who said 'I can do it'."I do not like speculating about prophesy and "signs". But I can't help but notice that we are in 2017, the centennial year of Fatima, and that we have just concluded the Year of Mercy. Our Lord told St Faustina that first He would offer mercy to the world and for those who do not accept His Mercy, then judgment. Through Pope Francis we have just been offered a Year of Mercy, offered to the entire world.
"Hitler did not steal power," the pope said. "He was elected by his people and then he destroyed his people."
Many did not even take notice of this offer of Mercy, and went on with their lives as normal. Certainly the world has only gotten worse since the Year of Mercy stated in 2015.
Is now the time of judgment?
Write down these words, My daughter. Speak to the world about My Mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable Mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it , will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My Mercy; let them profit from the Blood and water which gushed forth for them…….. before I come as the just one, I first open wide the gates of My Mercy. He who does not pass through the gates of My Mercy must pass through the gates of justice. (Diary 848)I am also concerned about President Trump's seemingly close relationship with Russia. Our Lady of Fatima warned about the errors of Russia:
Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated.President Trump has more than once praised President Putin of Russia, calling him a strong leader and calling for closer ties between our two countries. Trump seems to ignore the fact the Putin is a despot who murders his enemies. He boldly invaded the Ukraine. He is helping the tyrannical leader of Syria in Syria's civil war, bombing women and children and even hospitals.
President Trump has also said he plans to build up our nuclear weapons, as has Putin. Where does this put the rest of the world?
If America insists on turning her back on those in the most need, we cannot expect Our Lord to be there for us. As He said, whatsoever we do to the least of his brethren, we do unto Him. He did not make a caveat of, you don't have to do this if there is a slight chance that there might be bad people among those you are helping. Certainly Christ never made that distinction when He walked the earth.
Last year when Pope Francis was asked about Donald Trump, he replied:
A person who thinks only about building walls - wherever they may be - and not building bridges, is not Christian ... I'd just say that this man is not Christian, if he said it this way.What hath the United States wrought in the election of Donald J. Trump?