These Key Political Issues are Driving A Permanent Wedge Between Pope Francis and the GOP

Many key media outlets are currently reporting that the GOP has become increasingly frustrated with Pope Francis.
The pontiff’s contributions to the recent renewal of Cuban-American foreign policy relations, as well as widely-publicized calls to combat income inequality and climate change, have drawn heavy criticisms from some more conservative members of Congress.
Hours after President Obama announced moves to ease trade and travel restrictions to Cuba, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a practicing Catholic and potential 2016 presidential candidate, criticized the deal and Francis’s role in it.
“I would also ask His Holiness to take up the cause of freedom and democracy, which is critical for a free people, for a people to truly be free,” Rubio told reporters.

Rubio said that Cubans “deserve the same chances to have democracy as the people of Argentina have had, where he comes from, as the people of Italy have, where he now lives.” …
Fellow Catholic Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) said he wished Francis would stand up for the Cuban people “rather than their oppressors.”
“Sadly, in the case of Cuba, the Catholic Church has not always applied its basic principles of human dignity and reverence for the God-given freedoms that belong to every soul. I was supremely disappointed by press reports that the Pope had a hand in urging President Obama to cede crucial leverage that could have been used to help the Cuban people become free,” Diaz-Balart said.

Although only two Congressional Republicans are cited, they seem to express a growing dissatisfaction within the party as a whole. The sense seems to be that the Pope, intentionally or not, is only adding to the tension and disagreement among American policy-makers.

While many among the left have irresponsibly taken the pontiff’s remarks out of context before, in order to push a much more liberal agenda, Republicans are finding that excuse harder and harder to swallow as more controversial reports continue to surface.

Previous papal clashes with conservatives included a tweet that income inequality “is the root of social evil” and that trickle-down economics is “crude and na├»ve.”
Francis plans to issue a papal encyclical in March in conjunction with a speech to the United Nations that calls for Catholics to work to alleviate global warming. …
Back in July, The Hill reported on the trouble getting a bill passed to honor Francis on his election as pope. The bipartisan bill passed the Democrat-led Senate, but stalled in the Republican-led House. Only 19 of 221 House co-sponsors were Republicans.
A House source told The Hill at the time that some in the GOP felt Francis sounded too much like President Barack Obama, and that the pope “actually used the term ‘trickle-down economics,’ which is politically charged.”

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  1. It's "the usual suspects" leading both sides of the debate, as usual.

  2. Billy WilsonJanuary 02, 2015

    Sounds about right. Stereotypical liberals live in a child-like fantasy that the world can somehow be perfect. It can't, as we're not programmable robots. Programmable, yes, but not robots.

    Take the liberal ideas that work and stick with them, but shy away from the garbage that pollutes modern American liberalism, such as "Big government is a good thing!", "The Democrats are on the side of the people", and "Democrats wage police actions, Republicans wage war."

    Big government has more potential downsides than up, the Democrats may pander, but they serve their and their financial backers' interests, and Democratic invasions and drone strikes are the same as Republican invasions and drone strikes.


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