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Friday, June 02, 2017

Donald Trump visits Pope Francis but disregards signed gift

It's disrespectful for Donald Trump to go through the motions of paying a Vatican visit to Pope Francis, while rejecting the message given to him in the personal and signed gift of Laudato Si- the Encyclical written in support of care for the environment. 

Obviously, Donald Trump didn't read a word of the Pope's Holy Message. How crassly rude can a person, especially POTUS, get?  

Just in the remote chance a Donald Trump supporter will read this blog (long drive to right!), here is what Pope Francis wrote- in poetic prose:

"This sister (earth) now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters."

Moreover, Pope Francis explains:  "Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet. In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home."

Incidentally, remembering that Pope Francis is also a scientist who studied chemistry, he wrote this in the narrative of Laudato si:

"Furthermore, although this Encyclical welcomes dialogue with everyone so that together we can seek paths of liberation, I would like from the outset to show how faith convictions can offer Christians, and some other believers as well, ample motivation to care for nature and for the most vulnerable of their brothers and sisters. If the simple fact of being human moves people to care for the environment of which they are a part, Christians in their turn “realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith. It is good for humanity and the world at large when we believers better recognize the ecological commitments which stem from our convictions."

Unfortunately, there has been a simmering assumption among those who follow Donald Trump's path to chaos that the man really can't read. Therefore, he doesn't even try to read- obvious when forced to do so, it's laborious to watch him struggle with words.  

Nevertheless, perhaps someone can certainly read the Pope's Encyclical to Donald Trump. It might even be available in an audio or podcast, so he can listen to it while multi-tasking with Tweeting or playing golf, those activities which he seems to take seriously. 

Certainly, it would be a documented miracle if Donald Trump actually took advice from Pope Francis.  

Pope Francis gave Donald Trump a signed copy of his Encyclical on the environment during their Vatican visit. But, the Holy message was obviously disregarded, when Trump stupidly pulled America out of the Paris Climate Agreement.  

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