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Al Gore: ‘I could become a Catholic’ because of Pope’s environmental stance

May 12, 2015

Al Gore, who served as vice president of the United States from 1993 to 2001, said in a recent talk that he is inspired by Pope Francis’s leadership on environmental issues, according to a Daily Caller report.

“I think Pope Francis is quite an inspiring figure really,” he said at the University of California at Berkeley. “I’ve been startled with the clarity of the moral force that he embodies.”

“I was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition, I could become a Catholic because of this Pope,” he added. “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.”


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  • Posted by: kathimcnamee11450 - May. 14, 2015 3:27 PM ET USA

    God help us!!! The Catholic Church does not need anyone who joins the church because of climate control...

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - May. 13, 2015 10:05 AM ET USA

    Al and Rual? I don't believe it. Talk about co-opting the press !

  • Posted by: filioque - May. 12, 2015 11:27 PM ET USA

    Sadly, that means that Al Gore thinks that religion is about environmentalism. But we know that.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - May. 12, 2015 9:37 PM ET USA

    Just what we need, more CCs (cafeteria catholics)!

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 12, 2015 7:45 PM ET USA

    I've made that statement to persons of other faith traditions,when I witness their admirable behavior,because actions do speak louder than words. That does not mean I will convert to their faith,it means that I am inspired by the fact that they live their faith.

  • Posted by: Leferink557202 - May. 12, 2015 12:50 PM ET USA

    I would hope that Mr. Gore would become Catholic for and profess ALL the Church's teachings and treasures, and I hope Mr. Gore has also taken to heart Pope Francis' words on the sanctity of life, marriage, and family as much as he is smitten by the Holy Father's environmental comments. Otherwise he'd be another "Catholic-in-name-only" politician like so many others.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - May. 12, 2015 12:45 PM ET USA

    There is only one reason anyone should join the Catholic Church, and that is because he/she sincerely believes that only in the Catholic Church can the fullness of Truth be found. Sadly, many join for the wrong reasons.

  • Posted by: garedawg - May. 12, 2015 10:13 AM ET USA

    That's great, as long as he and Raul Castro behave themselves in Catechism class.

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - May. 12, 2015 9:53 AM ET USA

    That "I could become Catholic" is quite common these days and it is annoying. "Oh, Pope, I like how you're doing. You'd like me to become Catholic, wouldn't you? Just keep doing that, just keep doing that and I just might!".