This morning on FOX & Friends, Fox News religion contributor Father Johnathan Morris pushed back on Pope Francis’ remarks on Donald Trump’s Christianity, saying:
“When he said that if Donald Trump said these things, then that man is a not a Christian, I think he made a mistake. I'm not used to saying, ‘you know, Pope Francis, I think you should apologize.’ I wouldn't say that, but I think he will apologize.”
The Pope, in response to a question about Trump’s proposal to build along the U.S.-Mexico border, said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.” Trump fired back at the Pope, calling the comment “disgraceful.”
Trump supporters have slammed Pope Francis for speaking on politics and have even called him hypocritical since Vatican City is surrounded by a wall. Father Morris, meanwhile, claims the Pope’s message isn’t too far off from GOP candidates.
“I think Donald Trump and some of the other Republican candidates are not all that far away from what Pope Francis thinks about immigration. why do I say that? Because Pope Francis is saying the system as it is, is disgusting. I think Donald Trump is saying that as well. They just have a different way of going about it… It's a very bad situation as it is right now in which we have 12 million people who are working, but are not documented, who come here illegally. That's bad for our country, and it's bad for them. The solution though is not just put up a wall. That was [Pope Francis’] point. If you're just talking about building walls instead of bridges between people, that's wrong.”
A spokesperson for the Vatican has said the Pope's comments were "in no way a personal attack or an indication on how to vote." Trump played down the criticism in a GOP Town Hall on CNN saying, “I don’t think it’s a fight. I think he said something much softer than was originally reported by the media. I think that he heard one side of the story….”