Catholic Bishops Won’t Comment on Rush Limbaugh’s Pope-Bashing

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Rush Limbaugh has incensed Catholic groups by attacking Pope Francis’s blueprint for a more inclusive, social justice-oriented Catholic Church as “pure Marxism” and saying, “somebody has either written this for [the Pope] or gotten to him.”

But the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the top American leaders of the Catholic church, isn’t commenting on the radio host’s attacks. “We don’t follow Rush Limbaugh,” says Mary Ann Walsh, USCCB’s media relations director. Annmarie Sanders, a spokeswoman for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, also declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Limbaugh has continued to bash the Pope, saying Wednesday that “the pope is ripping American”—and, that thanks to the pope’s exhortations on poverty and powerful financial institutions, “Obama’s having an orgasm.”

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