Santorum Defends Comments on the Pope and Climate Change

Santorum Defends Comments on the Pope and Climate Change June 8, 2015

Rick Santorum, allegedly loyal Catholic, recently said that Pope Francis should stop talking about climate change because he’s not a scientist. Chris Wallace of Fox News pointed out to Santorum that he isn’t either and Santorum tried lamely to defend his incoherent position.

“If he’s not a scientist — and in fact, he does have a degree in chemistry — neither are you?” host Chris Wallace asked Santorum Sunday. “So, I guess the question would be, if he shouldn’t talk about it, should you?”

Santorum defended his discussions about climate change by distinguishing politicians from church leaders.

“Politicians, whether we like it or not, people in government have to make decision with regard to public policy that affect American workers,” Santorum said, adding that while “the pope can talk about whatever he wants to talk about,” he questions the Pope’s use of his moral authority to combat the issue of climate change.

“I’m saying, what should the pope use his moral authority for?” Santorum asked. “I think there are more pressing problems confronting the earth than climate change.”

Actually, there aren’t. But the reason he sounds so incoherent about this is because he’s trying to avoid making it obvious that his real position here is that the pope should stop speaking about issues on which he thinks the pope is wrong. I’ve never heard him say that the pope should stay out of political issues like same-sex marriage or abortion. He just wants him to shut up when he disagrees with him. But he can’t say that because that makes him look bad, so he has to invent these absurd pretexts to make his argument.

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