Pope Francis is at it again, applying the Gospels to today’s sin-soaked world as if he’s some kind of expert.
The pope’s new encyclical on the moral and material impacts of climate change and income inequality is ruffling the self-righteous feathers of right-wingers who would prefer that God’s spokesman stick to the GOP party line: Climate change is a hoax, the poor are lazy and gay marriage is the greatest threat to the American Way of Life, after the Kenyan Muslim Socialist Black Panther in the White House.
A sampling of the wingnut response, beginning with Rush Limbaugh, who believes so much in the sanctity of marriage he has tried it four times:
“You know, when this guy came out with his economic statements and I said it’s Marxism, the world erupted in outrage that I would dare characterize the Pope as a Marxist,” Rush whined. “But his economic policies and philosophies as he explained them were completely that.
Jeb! (Bush), who is Catholic and doing his family duty and running for the GOP presidential nomination:
“I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope,” he said. “And I’d like to see what he says as it relates to climate change and how that connects to these broader, deeper issues before I pass judgment. But I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm.”
Never to be outdone when it comes to breathtaking hypocrisy, Rick Santorum, R-Torquemada, who is clearly running for vice president, actually said:
“The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re really good at, which is … theology and morality.”
I couldn’t agree more with Rick’s deference to scientists — the overwhelming majority of whom say climate change is real and being worsened by human behavior. Also, Pope Francis happens to hold a degree in chemistry. That doesn’t make him an expert on climate change, but if the day ever comes when Pope Francis needs advice on theology and morality from Rick Santorum, we will truly be living in The End Times.