First Gore, and now Castro: Thanks but no thanks?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | May 12, 2015

On April 29th, Al Gore said of Pope Francis: “I was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition, I could become a Catholic because of this Pope. He is that inspiring to me. And I know the vast majority of my Catholic friends are just thrilled to the marrow of their bones that he is providing this kind of spiritual leadership.”

Would that leadership consist in the Pope’s interest in Gore’s career issue of climate change?

On May 10th, Raul Castro said of Pope Francis: “I read all the speeches of the Pope. If the Pope continues to speak like this, sooner or later I will start praying again and I will return to the Catholic Church—and I'm not saying this jokingly.”

Would these speeches be those in which the Pope addresses Castro’s ideological mantra of social reform?

These may well be points of attraction, and there is nothing wrong with that.

But note to self:

“Talk is cheap. Do not convert because the Pope seems to be saying what I want to hear. Rather, convert because he challenges me to change, and then connects me to Christ so that I actually can.”

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Leopardi - May. 13, 2015 8:40 AM ET USA

    When Al Gore seems to be coming around to my way of thinking, I usually go back and re-examine my position!

  • Posted by: cvm46470 - May. 13, 2015 12:12 AM ET USA

    Thank you Dr.Mirus. This all brings to mind the reading from Acts last week, with Paul telling the crowds not to deify him, but to "turn to the living God". Christ is the reason to be Catholic; we must pray that these men - and others - see the One to whom the Pope is pointing.