Pope Francis Addresses ‘Ultraconservatives’ (and Limbaugh?) Calling Him a Marxist

Here’s one for the history books: Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, actually responded to by Rush Limbaugh. Yes. Really. Not by name, though, but His Holiness did address the accusation that he’s a Marxist, an accusation lobbed most notably by Limbaugh just a few weeks ago.

It hasn’t just been Limbaugh going after the Pope for his views on capitalism, it’s been other conservative and libertarian voices like Fox’s Andrew Napolitano, who wrote a scatting editorial on His Holiness, Sarah Palin, who found it striking how “liberal” the Catholic leader sounds, and a Fox News columnist who argued that Pope Francis is actually the “Catholic Church’s Obama.”

During an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, the Pope was asked about comments by “ultraconservatives” that in his remarks denouncing unfettered capitalism, he was preaching Marxism. This is what Pope Francis had to say.

“Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.”

He also said that everything he spoke of can “be found in the social Doctrine of the Church.”

When the Pope was announced as TIME‘s Person of the Year, Limbaugh couldn’t help but think the firestorm surrounding his comments led to that decision.

You can listen to Limbaugh’s original remarks below, via The Rush Limbaugh Show:

[h/t CNN]

[photo via Casa Rosada]

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