Do the bishops side with Rush Limbaugh or Pope Francis?

Posted: Dec. 7, 2013

Rush Limbaugh is leading a new right-wing assault on Pope Francis, accusing him of "pure Marxism" for warning that the global financial system has failed the poor. On Fox and CNBC, hosts are accusing the pope of overstepping his bounds and "indulging in politics."

In the face of this absurd and extremist rhetoric, the American bishops have been uncharacteristically silent. When a reporter called the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for comment, their spokesperson declined to say anything except "We don't follow Rush Limbaugh."

These same bishops haven't hesitated to criticize progressive politicians and media figures over abortion and gay marriage, but when it comes to promoting the pope's teachings on social and economic justice, they're nowhere to be found.

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