With Pope Francis’ visit to the United States just over one month away, a new Gallup poll shows the Holy Father’s favorability ratings among all Americans taking a big hit, dropping to 59% from a 76% one year ago.
The biggest dropoff has come among conservatives. Just 45% view the Pope favorably, down from a previous 72%.
These findings are perplexing for a country that many believe to be a Christian nation.
“This decline may be attributable to the Pope’s denouncing of ‘idolatry of money’ and attributing climate change partially to human activity, along with his passionate focus on income inequality – all issues that are at odds with many conservative beliefs,” wrote Gallup analyst Art Swift.
What the poll numbers demonstrate to me is the shear hypocrisy among conservative Christians who claim to be followers of Jesus. That the most Christ-like pope in my lifetime would face such disapproval when he speaks out on issues of justice and equality tells me all I need to know.
If today’s so-called “followers of Christ” had paid attention in Sunday School or actually read their revered Bible, these so-called Christians would reject conservatives if for no other reason than their preferential treatment of the very people Christ said had about as much hope of getting into Heaven as a camel passing through the eye of a needle.
John Boehner must be racking his brain trying to figure out what in god’s name compelled him to invite the Pope to address a joint session of Congress. If the Pope’s speech (sermon) is anything as I expect, look for the Pope’s favorability ratings among the American faithful to decline even further. Hypocrites hate to be called out.