Over at Politico, Katie Glueck has a great article on how Pope Francis’ desire for greater economic equality and less of a focus on wealth has rattled some within the Republican Party.
For years, Catholic leaders’ staunch and very public opposition to abortion, gay marriage and the contraception-related provisions of Obamacare made them natural allies for the GOP. But Francis has scrambled the equation by de-emphasizing hot-button social issues, warning against unchecked capitalism and pushing a populist message at odds with the core of the anti-spending, anti-big government Republican Party.
It’s unclear whether Francis’s proclamations will fray the ties between the right and the Vatican, but already some conservatives have sharply criticized his economic ideas. At the same time, some on the right have expressed admiration for the 77-year-old pope’s more inclusive approach, including on subjects such as homosexuality. Their praise comes as the GOP itself grapples with growing disenchantment among young people and other demographics for its strident tone on social issues.
It’s no surprise Pope Francis has come under attack from some within the Republican Party, because for decades they’ve made it abundantly clear they value wealth and the accumulation of material goods by an increasing smaller portion of the population, which flied in the face of the kind of social and economic justice Pope Francis is espousing.