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Vatican cardinal hopes ‘no other country will follow Trump’s example’ on wall

January 31, 2017

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, told an Italian news agency that “hopefully, no other country will follow Trump’s example” in constructing a border wall.

“We hope the wall will not be built, but, when Trump is involved, it probably will,” he told SIR.

He added:

The Holy See is worried, because this is not only about Mexico, this is a message that is given to the world. It is not only the USA that wants to build walls against migrants, it happens in Europe too. I hope they will not follow his example. A president may well build a wall but the next president might come and pull it down.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 01, 2017 4:16 PM ET USA

    Trump's executive order is like good medicine. It may produce initial detrimental effects for a little while, but in the end it will save many more of those yearning to breath free. It's long past time that the leader of the free world start governing as a statesman, rather than as a devious coward.

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 01, 2017 9:53 AM ET USA

    Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's ... The hierarchy would be well disposed to study the words of Jesus before speaking out on social issues! BTW, Jesus taught his followers to care for others, he did not attempt to teach the civil authorities!

  • Posted by: pja - Jan. 31, 2017 10:22 PM ET USA

    Regarding the Vatican City walls: “The walls are a fortification, there is no question, but they were a fortification built at a time when armed invasions by barbarians and other forces were happening,” Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, a Catholic studies professor at Georgetown, told The New York Times. “And that is not the same thing we are talking about with a wall between the US and Mexico.” Border Patrol agents in Texas and Arizona can tell you about barbarians and armed invasions.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jan. 31, 2017 8:34 PM ET USA

    Have to laugh as Mexico has one of worst records or best depending upon your view of illegals coming into their country. Yet everyone thinks we should have an open door and let anyone and everyone come in regardless of consequences. The answer is no. We send do funds to many of these countries. Where does it go? Say no and build the wall.

  • Posted by: filioque - Jan. 31, 2017 7:03 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Turkson should read St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, First Part of the Second Part, Q. 105, Art. 3. St. Thomas discusses the immigration laws of Israel, limiting who could be allowed to reside in the country and giving requirements for full acceptance. He argues for the protection of the interests of the country and that care should be taken that those accepted as citizens must have had time to learn national concerns and culture, which might take two or three generations.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 31, 2017 11:15 AM ET USA

    Why would a Cardinal of the Church speak in favor of illegal, uncontrolled migration of people from one country to another? Non existent national border invites crime, exploitation of the poor, human trafficking and illegal drugs trade. Secure borders mean return to the rule of law. Legal immigration is the natural way to invite the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" with assurance of their rights and giving them hope for the future.