Catholic GOP congressman will boycott Pope Francis’s congressional address over global warming – ‘When the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one’Posted by Jim at Sunday, September 20, 2015
By Sophia Tesfaye
18 September 2015
(Salon) – Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, describing himself as a “a proud Catholic” took to the conservative website Townhall to lecture Pope Francis and announce his planned boycott of his historic papal visit to Congress next week.
Calling it his “moral obligation” to call out Catholic leaders who deviate from conservative talking points on abortion, homosexuality, and religious freedom, Gosar explained that he could not attend Francis’s address before Congress.
Francis’ calls for action to tackle climate change and his stark criticisms of capitalism and inequality have caused Republicans to wage a war against His Holiness. A Gallup poll in July found that a sharp drop in the pope’s favorability rating — from 76 percent to 59 percent — was fueled by conservatives, with only a minority expressing a favorable opinion of the pontiff.
“If the Pope stuck to standard Christian theology, I would be the first in line,” Gosar insisted, writing that “if the Pope wants to devote his life to fighting climate change then he can do so in his personal time”. […]