The GOP and the Pope clash on climate change

Since his rise to head the Catholic Church in 2013, Pope Francis has been creating quite a challenge to the traditional “religious right” mindset in the United States. From his (relatively) progressive views on homosexuality to his notorious suspension of the “Bishop of Bling” in 2013, Pope Francis is no stranger to controversy (though many Catholics applaud his fresh approach).

Recently, he has found a new Papal challenge in educating the people about the dangers of climate change, and a new enemy in the United States Republican Party.

2016 Presidential hopeful (and Catholic) Rick Santorum thinks the Pope has gone too far, saying “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”.

Senator James Inhofe, of Congressional snowball fame, has recently told the Pope (in not so many words) to mind his own business and leave the policymaking to politicians.

The Pope seems unfazed by these statements, and is set to release his next encyclical this week, which is expected to include further positions on climate change.

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