Anybody with a normally functioning human brain would not be able to go through this kind of mental contortion without giving himself a stroke:
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a Catholic, describes himself as a “huge fan” of Pope Francis. Nonetheless, he thinks the Pope would do better to “leave science to the scientists” and stop talking about climate change. “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, that we’re better off sticking to things that are really the core teachings of the church as opposed to getting involved with every other kind of issue that happens to be popular at the time,” he said on a Philadelphia radio show this week. Instead, he urged the Catholic Church to “focus on what we’re really good on, 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 or credible.”
Yes, noted non-scientist Rick Santorum, whose own clear record of not being a scientist has never stopped him from dismissing the near-scientific consensus that is climate change, would like fellow non-scientist Pope Francis to kindly shut his yap when it comes to stuff he doesn’t know about, with all due respect Holy Father, amen, despite the fact that Pope Francis actually agrees with said near-consensus and so (unlike Santorum) isn’t really on controversial ground. Also too, he fails to consider the fact that Pope Francis, back when he was just Jorge Bergoglio, actually got a technical school degree in chemistry and “worked as a chemist prior to entering the seminary.” That doesn’t make Pope Francis a (natural) scientist, to be sure, but it means he’s a heck of a lot closer to being one than social science major (poli sci, to be exact) and law school graduate Rick Santorum ever got.
Why is Rick Santorum allowed to offer his generally absurd and frequently uninformed opinions on all manner of topics while everyone else has to stay in his or her own narrow lane? Maybe Rick Santorum should weigh in on that one.