martes, 22 de septiembre de 2015

When it comes to Pope Francis, the media are quick to pick up on his more liberal views.

The Pope Is at Odds With Liberals, Too. Just Don’t Expect the Media to Report It.

by Katrina Trinko

When it comes to Pope Francis, the media are quick to pick up on his more liberal views.

In a story headlined, “Republicans’ Comments Put Them on Other Side of Pope’s Visiting Message,” the New York Times reports, “Pope Francis has delivered an encyclical calling for increased action against climate change,denounced the role of global capitalism in increasing poverty, and enthusiastically supported the new nuclear accord with Iran, positions thathave caused tensions in the Republican Party.”

CNN, meanwhile, headlined a story, “The Pope vs. the GOP,” and reported that “a large number of House and Senate Republicans want the leader of the Catholic Church to keep a lid on his progressive attitudes on climate change, immigration, guns and capitalism.”

The Washington Post warned that “Pope Francis visit puts Republicans on the defensive.”

Let’s be clear: Francis has made comments and holds views that would easily earn him a stony reception at say, a conservative confab. He’s not some misunderstood Rush Limbaugh-wannabe; there are issues where he and conservatives genuinely don’t see eye to eye.

That being said, there are also plenty of issues where Francis and liberals don’t see eye to eye.

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., made headlines for his decision to avoid Francis’ address to Congress because, “if the Pope plans to spend the majority of his time advocating for flawed climate change policies, then I will not attend,” as he wrote for Townhall.

But Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid might also find Francis’ speech uncomfortable.

That’s because even if the focus of Francis’ speech is on climate change, he doesn’t talk about climate change the same way President Barack Obama or other liberal politicians might. In his encyclical on the environment released earlier this year, “Laudato Si,” Francis connected concerns about creation to concerns about the value of human life.


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