Local Catholic community reacts to Pope comments

Pope speaks about birth control, Zika, Trump

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Locals reaction from the Catholic community came Thursday after the Pope suggested that artificial contraception may be okay when it comes to dealing with the Zika Virus. That virus is carried by mosquitoes and may be linked to the birth defect microcephaly.

Before taking a position, Archbishop Gregory Aymond with the Archdiocese of New Orleans said he needs to hear from the Vatican and see a transcript of exactly what the Pope said and the context in which he said it.

"I've read the same things that you have in the media and I find them interesting, however, I have not actually read exactly what the Pope said and until we get that text of what that conversation was on the plane, which we do get from the Vatican Information Service, then I can comment better on that," said Aymond.

There was also a heated exchange Thursday between the Pope and presidential candidate Donald Trump. Reporters asked the Pope about Trump's proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. The Pope said the plans were not in line with Christianity. Trump fired back, calling the Pontiff's comments "disgraceful."

"The Trump coalition has been anything but predictable," said FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman. "Lines that would have sunk any other candidate haven't dented Donald Trump. Traditional logic, conventional wisdom - attacking the Pope hurts. But, for Donald Trump, I guess it remains to be seen, because he's attacked others without a dent in his poll numbers."

Archbishop Aymond also responded to Trumps comments.

"They were in disagreement and there is nothing wrong with disagreeing," he said. "However, it would seem to me, in my humble opinion, from what I have read in the media, that Mr. Trump was not very kind. He was rather uncharitable to the Pope, and the Pope has a right to believe in what he believes in and to uphold church teaching and to speak for the immigrants."

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