I have a confession: I’m a conservative, and I love Pope Francis.

In the lead-up to his visit this week, his first ever to the United States, the news media frame is simple: happy liberals, disgruntled conservatives. Catholics like myself, who identify strongly with the Republican Party and strongly with our faith, are supposed to be mad at the pope.

We are supposed to be mad at him for promoting environmentalism, for criticizing capitalism, for supposedly not talking enough about social issues such as marriage or abortion. In one news story that passed through my email, an Associated Press headline expressed shock that Catholic GOP lawmakers would even attend his speech to Congress, “despite differences.”


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