Pope Francis is leader of the Catholic Church.
Christians look to him to uphold the central teachings of the faith.
But he left believers around the world in shock when he said one issue was just as important as abortion.
Pope Francis favors open borders and mass migration.
He doubled down on his extreme views when he stated that immigration was not a secondary issue for Christians and it was just as important as “bioethical questions”, by which he meant abortion.
“Immigration and the care of migrants should be put on the front burner and not considered a second-tier issue, Pope Francis has insisted in a new teaching letter released Monday morning in the Vatican.
In his 44-page apostolic exhortation bearing the Latin title Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), the pope said that Christians have no right to treat the plight of migrants as a minor moral issue because Jesus commanded his followers to welcome the stranger.
“We often hear it said that, with respect to relativism and the flaws of our present world, the situation of migrants, for example, is a lesser issue,” Francis wrote. “Some Catholics consider it a secondary issue compared to the ‘grave’ bioethical questions.”
“That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian, for whom the only proper attitude is to stand in the shoes of those brothers and sisters of ours who risk their lives to offer a future to their children,” he continued.
“Can we not realize that this is exactly what Jesus demands of us, when he tells us that in welcoming the stranger we welcome him?” he asked.”
Pope Francis has made headlines the last few years taking on nationalist conservatives around the world.
Before the South Carolina primary he attacked Donald Trump’s border wall plan as not Christian. And he has ranted against nationalist movements in Europe that rose up against the European Union’s open borders policies that resulted in a flood of unvetted Islamist refugees.
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