The fact that many religious conservatives voted and continue to support Donald Trump is beyond all logic. Not only have the president’s behavior and policies shown the exact opposite of many Christian teachings, but the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has publicly condemned Trump and his ‘values’ quite a bit. On Monday, the pontiff called Trump out in one of his most brutal ways, exposing the hypocrisy so Christians can no longer ignore it.
Yesterday, Pope Francis called out all adulterers and men who buy sex from women. As Trump has been making headlines for his 2006 affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels (and the “hush money” that went along with it), the Pope’s comments were definitely meant to be a position on the president’s actions. Pope Francis stated in his comments that men who have sex with prostitutes and exploit women have a “sick mentality” (something that Trump, without question, possesses).
The Pope said:
“This isn’t making love. This is torturing a woman. Let’s not confuse the terms.”
(To be fair, we can safely assume that Trump having sex with ANY woman – even his wife Melania – could be considered a form of torture).
Pope Francis made these comments while speaking to young people at the Vatican, as part of a listening session to get feedback from young adults to inform the Catholic Church and its future. Unlike the attitudes of the president and the Republican Party on gun violence, Pope Francis said, “Young people must be taken seriously.”
NBC News reported that the youths spoke to Pope Francis freely about racism, poverty, and “unjust immigration laws that threaten to split children from families”, to name a few subjects that came up – all of which are topics the POTUS is making worse. Pope Francis’ comments about sexual exploitation came when a young woman from Nigeria asked the Pope how the Catholic Church could allow their members to be clients of sex trafficking victims. The woman, Blessing Okoedion, asked:
“I ask myself, and I ask you: Is the male chauvinistic church able to truthfully ask itself about this high demand by clients?”
Francis has been very clear about his stance against forced prostitution and sex slavery. The Pope responded:
“This is one of the battles that I ask you young people to do, for the dignity of women.”
Pope Francis then referred to Trump and all men like him, condemning them for having a “sick mentality” in believing that “women are to be exploited.” Pope then apologized to Okoedion, who had escaped sexual slavery. He said:
“I want to take advantage of this moment, because you talked about baptized and Christians, to ask your forgiveness, from society and all the Catholics who do this criminal act.”
Those are strong words coming from the Pope. Considering that many Republicans (and their president) have been outed for less-than-Christian behavior toward women as of late, it’ll be interesting to see how they try to twist the Pope’s words to get out of this mess.
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