(American Thinker) — Pope Francis offers cause for both liberals and conservatives — especially in secular politics — to claim him as their own yet also to worry that the Vatican may stray in the ‘wrong’ direction under his leadership. The accession of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as spiritual head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics has resurrected questions over Christianity’s attitude toward the poor as well as government policies.

His Holiness is a deep Catholic scholar and a strict adherent to the Bible and Catholic teaching. Francis strongly opposes abortion, adoption by homosexual couples, and homosexual marriage. Yet, liberals find it shocking that Pope Francis also actually cares about the poor and ‘social justice.’ How can anyone be a follower of traditional, Bible-based Catholic teaching yet also want to respond with compassion to the poor? Hmmm. Perhaps someone has not really been paying attention.

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