Pope Francis gave an in-depth interview to the Spanish News service, 'El Pais'. One part of that interview focused on the new US president..
"But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite unwise."
Q. Aren't you worried about the things we have heard up until now?
A. I'm waiting. God waited so long for me, with all my sins...
It marvels us that leftist news outlets completely mischaracterized the pope's sentiments about Trump; calling him some type of .Hitler'. The only reporter in the room wrote a very different news article.
The introduction of Hitler, in the pope's remarks, came in a different context. Here's what the pope said on that subject. He prefaces his remarks with the qualifier that he is no expert on the matter...
A. That is what they call populism. Which is an equivocal term, because, in Latin America, populism has another meaning. In Latin America, it means that the people —for instance, people's movements— are the protagonists. They are self-organized, it is something else. When I started to hear about populism in Europe I didn't know what to make of it, I got lost, until I realized that it had different meanings. Crises provoke fear, alarm. In my opinion, the most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933. After [Paul von] Hindenburg, after the crisis of 1930, Germany is broken, it needs to get up, to find its identity, a leader, someone capable of restoring its character, and there is a young man named Adolf Hitler who says: "I can, I can". And all Germans vote for Hitler. Hitler didn't steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people.
That is the risk. In times of crisis, we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me. Let's look for a savior who gives us back our identity and lets defend ourselves with walls, barbed-wire, whatever, from other peoples that may rob us of our identity. And that is a very serious thing. That is why I always try to say: talk among yourselves, talk to one another. But the case of Germany in 1933 is typical, a people that was immersed in a crisis, that looked for its identity until this charismatic leader came and promised to give their identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened. Where there is no conversation...
Can borders be controlled? Yes, each country has the right to control its borders, who comes and who goes, and those countries at risk —from terrorism or such things— have even more the right to control them more, but no country has the right to deprive its citizens of the possibility to talk with their neighbors.
Q. Do you see, Holy Father, any sign of that 1933 Germany in today's Europe?
A. I am no expert, but, with regard to today's Europe, I refer to the three speeches I have made. The two in Strasbourg and the third one on the occasion of the Charlemagne prize, the only award I have accepted because they insisted a lot due to the situation Europe was in, and I accepted it as a service. Those three speeches say what I think about Europe.