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Pope Francis on Being Called a Liberal: I Follow ‘Social Doctrine of the Church’

popePope Francis landed in the United States this afternoon, but while still on the plane, he held a press conference on the plane in which he talked about politics and the social conscience of the Catholic Church.

His Holiness has been very vocal on issues like poverty and climate change, the latter being something the pope has received some criticism on from American conservatives. There’s even one Catholic Republican who said he’ll boycott the pope’s address to Congress because of his focus on climate change.

While on the plane, according to Time, Pope Francis was asked about American media outlets classifying him as a liberal for those views. He said, “Some people might say some things sounded slightly more left-ish, but that would be a mistake of interpretation.”

He insisted that his entire focus on issues like “economic imperialism” and others “is that of the social doctrine of the church.”

Back in 2013, the pope responded to criticisms from “ultraconservatives” that he believes in Marxism.

[image via Casa Rosada]

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