Next week, the Pope will make a trip to the U.S., and he will give a speech to both houses of Congress on September 24th.
Are right-wing presidential candidates in an awkward position? Sources state that at least five of them – including Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio – are practicing Catholics.
“It was bad enough when Pope Francis began banging on about inequality. Worse still when he changed the church’s tone when it comes to addressing gay people (“Who am I to judge?”). Now the pope has issued a papal encyclical affirming the science of climate change and calling on leaders to phase out fossil fuels from the global economy.”
The Economist further writes that Bush and Rubio have both questioned or denied the science of climate change and rejected policies to regulate the burning of fossil fuels.