In February 2016 however, Trump's official campaign issued a statement that called the head of the Catholic church 'disgraceful'.
The statement was a response to the Holy Father's comments on Trump's immigration policy. Pope Francis questioned Trump's faith, saying:
A person who thinks only about building walls where they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.
In response, Trump questioned the Pope's authority, and called his actions 'disgraceful'.
For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President.
No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.
The choice of the word 'disgraceful' charged the statement with religiosity, seeing as 'Grace' is used among Catholics to mean: 'the condescension or benevolence shown by God toward the human race'.
Whether or not you think the Pope is disgraceful, you can't then chew out the opposition for being anti-Catholic.
Jon Favreau, Barack Obama's speech writer from 2005-2013, was one of many to point out the hypocrisy of Trump criticising Clinton over this.
MIMICKING TRUMP'S ALL-CAPS STYLE, HE TWEETED:
Trump has been losing support among Catholics where Clinton has been gaining ground. The Washington Post reports that Catholics represent the largest increase in support for Clinton compared to Obama in 2012 than any other comparative segmentation.