Rush Limbaugh said Monday 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 Limbaugh (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.”
“Does this mean now that it’s okay for you people to be openly supportive of the Roman Catholic Church? I’ve 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. This is one of those days where my dad would not believe what has happened here,” Limbaugh said.
He continued: “‘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 soundbytes 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.
“And in the process, they named as ‘Man of the Year’ the biggest pro-lifer in the world, the institution that’s the biggest pro-life institution in the world. The biggest institution of anti-gay marriage in the world, and they are recognizing this guy as ‘Man of the Year’ for one reason – he did a big hit on capitalism they think, which is an ancillary reason. That ticked me off, so they think they got a twofer here.
“But they have now been unwittingly driven into the arms of the Catholic Church. They are embracing ‘Il Papa.’ I’ll tell you, the Lord does work in mysterious ways. It wasn’t that long ago if you hit out at the church, you would be excommunicated or otherwise. But you would never, ever be responded to. You would never be reacted to. Talent on loan from God.