I'm not Catholic, and I have been a little harsh with Pope Francis and his latest encyclical.
I think unfairly.
Spend a little time at the Ace of Spades HQ group blog, and you'll discover all kinds of right of center thought, I highly recommend the site to be on your list of go-to places for your libertarian/conservative thought leadership.
Today, I was reading Sean Bannion's open post on the Pope's Encyclical and it is well worth the read. My eyes have been opened. Kathryn Lopez over at NR has been a big Francis fan, and I understand what he's trying to do (I think) is draw many more into the Catholic Church's fold. But, like Bannion, I would prefer the Pope have stayed away from this one. Anyone who has read my Facebook rants on this or even here knows I am of the mind that regardless of the causes of climate change, the proscriptions being suggested will result in the continued impoverishment of billions who need electricity and clean water and safe eating supplies more than we need to prevent a few inches in sea level rise or a couple degress F temperature rise...even if we could stop those things from happening.
Which we can't.
So, I find it dangerous that a Pope who is making the cause of The Poor the center of his Papacy would take or endorse a position that will have the net impact of damning so many of them to continued poverty.
Anyway, Bannion points out there is really much more in this encyclical that the Left would never get behind (well, like everything else in it). If you're looking for a great place to start on this, with lots of links and reasoned thought, this article is a great one.
On those lines, while you should check some of the links in the post, 11 Things You Probably Won't Hear About Pope Francis' Encyclical should be among them. After you read them, you'll understand why the left's own media won't report them, instead focusing on the Pope's newfound status as a climate expert. These alone may inspire you to give some thought to readng the entire thing (or seeking some trusted experts to interpret it for you), and help you explain to your friends why Caitlyn Jenner is so....icky (and wrong), but you can still ask me why I am not terribly bothered by what Jenner is up to, even though I accept it as an affront to God, and really more about what it says about Bruce Jenner.
But, I digress.