Presidential contender and former senator of Pennsylvania Rick Santorum, spoke with Dom Giordano, the midday host of Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, with regards to Pope Francis scheduled visit to the state of Philadelphia this coming fall.
He said that the media’s perception of Pope Francis and the reality are entirely two diverse things. Saying he is an avid fan of the pope and that he “completely support the Pope’s call for us to do more to create opportunities for people to be able to rise in society and care for the poor. That’s our obligation as a society.”
Though many are expecting the Pope’s climate change encyclical, Santorum expressed his disagreement with the expected content of the papal letter.
The Church should leave science to the scientists, he said, before adding, “Focus on what we’re really good at, which is theology and morality. When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, then I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible.”
Santorum said this isn’t the first instance that religious leaders were told by him to avoid scientific matters and to concentrate more on the church’s principles.
“I’ve said this to Catholic bishops, many times, when they get involved with agriculture policy or things like that that are really outside the scope of what the Church’s main message is.”
Before concluding, that we are ”better off” if we stick to things which are really the Church core teachings as opposed to getting involved in every other kind of popular-at-the-moment issues.