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It is not surprising, then, that some political elites reacted badly to Laudato Si.

Former Florida governor, current Republican presidential candidate and Catholic convert Jeb Bush rejected the encyclical out of hand:

"I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope," he said at a New Hampshire campaign event.

 Rick Santorum, who ran for the presidency and lost in 2012 and some think might give it another go in 2016, told a Philadelphia radio station earlier this month that "we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re good at, which is theology and morality."



You might be forgiven for thinking Pope Francis is a Marxist. Take, for instance, this passage from Laudato Si, the second encyclical—or missive to the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church—of Francis's career, which the Vatican released Thursday: The economy accepts every advance in technology with a view to profit, without concern for its potentially negative…