Limbaugh: Media's 'Hatred for Me Has Driven them into the Arms of the Pope'

James Beattie
By James Beattie | December 16, 2013 | 4:27 PM EST

The bumper music "My City Was Gone" by The Pretenders had not even stopped before Rush Limbaugh reacted to Pope Francis's comments on conservatives.

Rush said that he has "never seen the left come to the defense of a pope or the Catholic Church like I have seen them come to the defense of the Pope in the Catholic Church this time."

The Pope in an interview with Italian daily La Stampa was asked last week about Rush (specifically "ultraconservatives") calling his writing in Evangelii Gaudium (Latin of The Joy of the Gospel) Marxist. The pontiff responded, "The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don't feel offended."

'Pope Francis to Rush Limbaugh: I'm no Marxist, but I have known plenty of good Marxists, and they're not bad people, but I'm not one of them' or whatever [laughter].  Folks, the media is beside itself, they don't know what to do.  They're conflicted.  You know they despise the Catholic Church.  They despise it.  They despise the Pope, the papacy.  Not the Pope personally, but just the office.

"They despise it because it is the seat of modern morality and judgmentalism.  It is purely pro-life and anti-abortion.  It is anti-gay marriage, and yet the media's jealousy, envy, hatred for me has driven them into the arms of the Pope.  I'll tell you what else, I've detected, six audio sound bites on this.  The media is livid at the same time that the pope deigned to respond to me.  That has them ticked off.  They name him 'Man of the Year' simply because he attacks capitalism and ticks me off."

"But they have now been unwittingly driven into the arms of the Catholic Church."