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Vatican Adviser Claims Republicans ‘Will Face Consequences Later’ For Passing Tax Reform

An American adviser to the Vatican claimed that Republican legislators “will face consequences later” for passing their tax cut bill, which he claimed “takes money from the poor to give to the rich.”

Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit priest recently named consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, attacked the tax cut legislation, which is projected to benefit most taxpayers.

“The US will soon face the consequences of a #TaxBill that takes money from the poor to give to the rich,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Those who voted for it will face consequences later, when they are judged. Do you think Jesus’s words about being judged on how we care for the poor don’t apply? Think again.”

Pope Francis named Fr. Martin, who is controversial within Catholic circles for his stance on LGBT issues, to the advisory position last April.

Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress as Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) look on in the House of Representatives Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress as Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) look on in the House of Representatives Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The priest is known for his sharp critiques of President Trump and other Republican politicians. He once compared Trump’s treatment of immigrants to the way the Nazis treated Jews.