Unlikely New Foe for Republican Candidates: the Pope

June 17, 2015 2:09 PM

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Unlikely New Foe for Republican Candidates: the Pope

On Monday, a draft of Pope Francis’s upcoming encyclical on global warming was leaked to the public, making clear his stance on the issue: fossil fuel consumption is the cause of climate change, and the entire world must act now to combat it. Already, that draft has caused at least one G.O.P. presidential candidate to speak out against the Pope, and will likely prompt other Catholic candidates to do the same.

“I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope. And I’d like to see what he says as it relates to climate change and how that connects to these broader, deeper issues before I pass judgment. B...

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