Congressman boycotts pope: He ‘chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician,’ he’ll get treated like one

A Catholic congressman is saying “nope” to the pope.

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., decided he will not attend Pope Francis’ speech before Congress Thursday because of what he considers the pope’s far left climate change agenda.

Gosar wrote an op-ed for on Thursday saying he was initially excited for the pope’s visit thinking he would use it as an opportunity to discuss the worldwide persecution of Christians by groups like the Islamic State, but became disillusioned when he learned via media reports that the pope instead intended to discuss climate change with Congress.

Rep. Paul Gosar
Rep. Paul Gosar. Photo credit Breitbart.

“When the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one,” Gosar wrote.

The congressman thinks the pope can do better things with his speech to Congress than preach about what Gosar called the “false science” of the left.

“If the Pope wants to devote his life to fighting climate change then he can do so in his personal time,” he wrote. “But to promote questionable science as Catholic dogma is ridiculous.”

Gosar was also unhappy that the pope criticized anyone who didn’t agree that there was a link between human activity and the changing climate in his encyclical on the environment.

“I have both a moral obligation and leadership responsibility to call out leaders, regardless of their titles, who ignore Christian persecution and fail to embrace opportunities to advocate for religious freedom and the sanctity of human life,” Gosar wrote. “If the Pope plans to spend the majority of his time advocating for flawed climate change policies, then I will not attend. It is my hope that Pope Francis realizes his time is better spent focusing on matters like religious tolerance and the sanctity of all life.”


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