Stephen Schneck , director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, was interviewed for the National Catholic Register on Laudato Si . See below.

Political Role Reversal: Democrats Praise Encyclical, While GOP Remains Cautious

From: National Catholic Register Date: June 26, 2015 Author: Brian Fraga


The political reactions to the encyclical show that ideology and partisanship "are so powerful in America," said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America.

"They work like filters to screen out what people are able to comprehend. For those infected, inconvenient truths can be very hard to see," said Schneck, who co-chaired Catholics for Obama during the 2012 campaign.

Schneck told the Register he does not believe the cool response to Laudato Si by Republicans means that they are rejecting the Pope's moral authority.

"And I don't think it's crass deference to polluting industries," he said. "I think the Pope is challenging all of us to think about creation in a new, moral way that does not fit into America's ideological filters."


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