Trump’s populism reminds Pope Francis of Hitler, but he won’t judge Trump prematurely

[Pope Francis sent his good wishes and prayers to President Trump, then went on about Hitler in the Spanish daily El Pais.]

From: Pope Francis Takes ‘Wait and See’ Attitude Towards President Trump
www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/pope-francis-takes-will-wait-and-see-attitude-towards-president-trump
by Edward Pentin, Jan 21, 2017

In a new interview, the Pope warns that populism in a time of crisis is what led to the rise of Hitler and urges dialogue.

On the heels of the presidential inauguration, Pope Francis has said he is taking a “wait and see” attitude about President Donald Trump and wants to deal with “specifics” before making a judgment on the new leader of the free world.

The Holy Father also warned that the political phenomenon taking place in both the U.S. and Europe has led to a form of populism where people look to a charismatic leader to be a savior from crises and to restore a nation’s identity — just as they did, he added, in 1930s Germany when its citizens elected Adolf Hitler.

… Quotes from Pope Francis:

[In response to a strawman puff-ball question about the rise of populism that can “capitalize on fears”]
“I think that we must wait and see [about Trump]. I don’t like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely. We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion.”

“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.”

[Is there a more positive analogy that comes to the pope’s mind instead of Hitler? And just who is keeping Americans from talking with their neighbors? Peak judgement, peak strawman? His Holiness is a piece of work, no?]

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10 comments on “Trump’s populism reminds Pope Francis of Hitler, but he won’t judge Trump prematurely

  1. Pot calling kettle, pot calling kettle. Come in kettle.

  2. The pope should work on his delivery. If you want to get a laugh over Hitler, here’s how John Cleese did it:

  3. The synergy between PF and glum Hillary, after realizing their respective political shelf lives are now all but expired, is remarkable.

    As that hilarious meme from the campaign stated, “Everyone I don’t like is Hitler.”

  4. I’ll bet the Pope would not be at all reserved and waiting if Madame Clinton had been elected President – I can almost hear his cheers of praise.

  5. The pope’s not scoring points over at FreeRepublic.com The scandal is keeping otherwise decent folks from converting.

    Here’s an informative comment
    freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3516079/posts?page=7#7

    JUST FOUR examples of a highly-coordinated meme emerging from the Soros/DNC Conglomerate:

    Pope warns against populism and ‘saviours’ like Hitler

    Maddow: Trump’s Speech ‘Militant,’ ‘Dark,’ ‘America First Has ‘Dark Echoes’ of Anti-Semitism

    ABC News’ Terry Moran: Trump Inauguration Speech Had ‘Anti-Semitic Overtones’

    Matthews: Trump’s Speech What Putin Has Been Saying, ‘America First’ Has ‘Hitlerian Background’

  6. Let’s not forget that Bergoglio is a communist, a globalist and a pro New World Order stooge.
    So it’s not surprising he’s denouncing populism., nationalism etc.
    I think this is more of a warning to Europe by Bergoglio.
    Especially France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands who are having elections in the Spring and whose populist, nationalist and pro-Catholic candidates are leading in the polls in most of those countries.
    This is his way of trying to influence voters to stay with the NWO and the EU in those countries.
    Fortunately not many people listen to this guy anymore, especially traditional and orthodox Catholics.

  7. Premature condemnation. This is the argumentum ad Hitlerum fallacy, also known as the reductio ad Hitlerum which is a variation of the reductio ad absurdum fallacy, the error of which used to be taught in Jesuit high schools and colleges when Aristotelian logic and Thomistic scholasticism were still being preserved in the curriculum of Catholic institutions before progressive modernism and the anti-Catholic Land O’Lakes agenda swept much of that away.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reductio_ad_Hitlerum

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reductio_ad_absurdum

    The Pope took Catholic philosophy courses and should know this. Did the anti-Catholic and anti-Life Kulturkampf of the outgoing anti-Catholic Marxist, Alinskyite regime come in for any similar condemnation by the pontiff? What about the genocidal Malthusian population control freak Paul Ehrlich being welcomed into the Vatican? Isn’t there some hypocrisy here?

    What poor timing, just as the genocidal policies of Planned Parenthood will have their federal funding removed. Why no outburst about the previous regime’s executive orders funding population control through the eugenics of Planned Parenthood? Let’s have some balance from the papacy, shall we? If proper Catholic teaching were being followed in the Vatican we should expect praise for removing Planned Parenthood’s funding.

  8. Papal sycophant Williams white-washes the pope’s Hitler comments.
    Pope Francis Warns Against Judging Trump Too Hastily
    “Francis distinguished between a good, grassroots populism, where it is the people who are “the protagonists,” and a cult of personality where a charismatic figure like Hitler rises to power and is welcomed as a savior figure.”

    Sorry, Thomas, I missed the “good grassroots populism” part while slogging through the 290 words of Hitler tripe. Not poisoning the well, eh?

  9. Pope likens Trump to Hitler, warns of “walls and barbed wire”

    JANUARY 23, 2017 BY DEACON ROBERT SPENCER

    Mr. Bergoglio, tear down that Vatican wall!

    The Pope said these things as Trump was being inaugurated. His point was unmistakable. He said: “The Germans at that time also wanted to protect themselves with ‘walls and barbed wire so that others cannot take away their identity.’”

    This is an extraordinarily strained analogy. Hitler after 1940 kept the Jews from emigrating and put them in concentration camps so he could kill them. Trump wants to stop immigration from jihad terror hotbeds in order to keep Islamic jihadists from killing us. For the Pope to liken the two shows that he is more of a shallow Leftist ideologue than any kind of spiritual or moral authority.

    “Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)

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