On Thursday morning, Pope Francis will become the first pope ever to deliver a joint address before Congress. The highly-anticipated speech is sure to cause discomfort for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Traditionally, Democrats have been less receptive to the Catholic Church’s message, especially on issues like gay marriage and abortion. That will still be the case come Thursday, although the pope has slightly softened the Church’s stance those issues in the past few months.
But Republicans will also find themselves squirming in their seats. The pope has spoken out strongly on issues of income inequality and climate change in the past few months, including arguing that trickle-down economics “expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic p...
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