Republican Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe said on Thursday that Pope Francis should keep his “opinions” to himself. The argument was that the Pope should tend to religious matter alone. The Pope is known for supporting measures against climate change.
Inhofe expressed these feelings regarding the Pope at a climate-change conference held by the Heartland Institute. The Heartland Institute is a organization founded in Chicago and has a reputation as a fundamentalist conservative and libertarian institution.
This is curious considering that Republicans always welcomed the same Pope’s opinions on matters like birth control for example, which is just a scientific a subject as climate change. But maybe this has more to do with the Pope’s understanding of the matter.
Many climate-change deniers, politicians and private citizens alike, have stated that science and religion should not be mixed. However there is a pattern emerging, with these kinds of remarks being said only when a specific group doesn’t like what the Pope is saying.
Many of the same groups that fight climate-change are in favor of religion being thought in school, alongside scientific subjects like chemistry and biology. So when climate-change deniers said the Pope should “stick to what he knows” it came as a bit of a surprise.
However the Pope might know more than climate-change deniers think he knows.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio as he was known before becoming Pope is an Argentinean citizen. The surprising fact is that he hold a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Buenos Aires University.
In contrast, the latest person to attack the Pope for his “scientific” views, Senator James Inhofe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economy, received at the age of 40,so maybe in this field the Pope is likely to be better informed on the subject.
The Pope has become very popular since his election on the 13 of March 2013. His modest behavior, soft tone of voice, and wide views have made him into a hero of the Catholic and Christian faith.
This is not the first time the Pope has come under scrutiny from religious and traditionalist groups, including some members of the Republican Party.
The Pope has claimed that he does not have the right to judge homosexuals, and has also said that even atheist will go to heaven if they are good and just moral people.
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