Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin hate Pope Francis, and that’s all the recommendation you need that he may be blessed with divine wisdom. Hallelujah and about time for a break between those who affirm the sanctity of human life in the spirit of Jesus and the charlatans of the Christian Right who believe only in the sanctity of Wall Street greed.
I still don’t agree with the Catholic Church when it comes to a woman’s right to control her own body, but at least this leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics appears to be compassionate. He believes that carrying on so much about the rights of the fetus while ignoring the fate of the child is rank hypocrisy and an insult to any notion of a caring, almighty being.
What caused Limbaugh and Palin to blast Pope Francis as a dangerous subversive was his brilliant Apostolic Exhortation channeling the essential message of Jesus: It’s the rich who had better worry about getting into heaven because of the abject contempt they have for the poor, meaning most of the planet’s ordinary folk. As the pope put it: “Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.”
That’s exactly the moral critique in the story of Jesus throwing the money changers from the temple. In Palin’s view, Jesus would undoubtedly have been “too liberal,” the most hateful epithet she leveled at the pope. Meanwhile, Limbaugh blasted Francis’s concern for the poor as “just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.”