Rick Santorum Says Pope Francis Is ‘Hard To Listen To’

Pope Francis is the leader of the Catholic church, and according to the church’s catechism, we’re supposed to listen to every single thing he says.

To be more specific, “For the Roman Pontiff… has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered.”

But there’s one man who’s question this power and the comments of the church’s leader Pope Francis, Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum – a staunch Catholic.

Pope Francis addressed journalists saying that to be a good Catholic, “We do not need to be like rabbits.”

It was that comment that upset Santorum. Santorum, who appeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show, had a few comments of his own to make.

According to the Washington Post, Santorum said, “The pope is the leader of the Catholic Church, and when he speaks as the leader of the Catholic Church, I’ll certainly pay attention…But when he speaks in interviews, he’s giving his own opinions, which I certainly will listen to, but from my perspective, that doesn’t reflect the idea that people shouldn’t be fruitful and multiply.”

Santorum, who is the father of seven children, went on to say that maybe the comments were meant for the third world countries and not for all Catholics, adding that he didn’t “know what the pope was referring to.”

Hewitt then asked Santorum if he thought that Francis would “lead the church in a different direction on contraception,” to which Santorum responded that it wasn’t going to happen.

Santorum ended up the talk of the pope by saying that sometimes Francis “is very hard to listen to.”

Santorum isn’t the only one expressing concern over Francis’ comments.

According to the Telegraph, Francis has been accused of making “sexist” comments and also that Francis has “a blind spot” when it comes to women and their role in the Catholic church.

There were also the pope’s comments on animals going to heaven. According to CNN, Francis was quoted as saying that we’ll “again see our animals in the eternity of Christ.” It has left many traditional Catholics in an uproar after being taught that since animals don’t have souls, they can’t possibly go to heaven.

But the fact is, as it may be with the Pope’s other comments, that it was fallaciously attributed to him. While the Pope did say it, Pope Paul VI, who lead the Catholic church from 1963 until 1978, was the one who originally had said it. Francis was merely quoting him.

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