acting on its own advice this week (article: vatican decries fence planned for US border), the vatican has decided to remove the inhumane walls encircling its own fortified state:
â€œSpeaking of borders, I must unfortunately say that in a world that greeted the fall of the Berlin Wall with joy, new walls are being built between neighborhood and neighborhood, city and city, nation and nation,â€ said Cardinal Renato Martino, in presenting Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s message for the Roman Catholic Churchâ€™s World Day of Migrants and Refugees. “Of course, Vatican City is surrounded by walls on all sides. That is why we have decided to stop criticizing the wall the US wants to build between itself and Mexico until we have removed our own walls separating us from the heathen peoples of Italy. As soon as our walls are gone, we will have the tiniest shred of standing to criticize the US for wanting to build a wall on part of one of its borders.”
the vatican also decried human trafficking on the same occasion, as summarized by the NYT:
Cardinal Martino also said human trafficking, specifically child labor and the forced prostitution of women, was worse now than the trade in African slaves of past centuries.
but when told that a wall built to deter illegal immigration into the US would also help reduce human trafficking, cardinal martini replied:
there is no need for a wall to stop that illegal trafficking. the US government must use invisible mind rays to police its thousands of miles of border desert. that is the humane way to stop human trafficking. now excuse me while i go polish all the gold we have stockpiled from tithing of impoverished south americans–that is–all the gold that hasn’t been paid out to kids we molested. the vatican is the final arbiter of morality. amen and amen.