CNN’s Cuomo Asks Santorum Why He Isn’t More Like the Pope

"Why aren’t you more like your pope?”

Tuesday morning, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum joined CNN’s Chris Cuomo on New Day to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, as well as the former Pennsylvania senator’s calls for an amendment to ban gay marriage.

Cuomo, an always staunch defender of marriage equality, challenged the avowed conservative Catholic on his opposition to gay marriage and other LGBT issues — citing Pope Francis’s now-famous “Who am I to judge” stance on gay priests.

“Your pope says tolerance is the message of Catholicism,” said Cuomo. “When asked about gay marriage and LGBT existence in humanity, he says ‘Who am I to judge.’ That doesn’t work for you. You say you want an amendment that keeps marriage between a man and a woman. Why aren’t you more like your pope?”

“I don’t think the Pope supports a change in the definition of marriage, he’s been perfectly clear about that,” replied Santorum. “We need to respect the dignity of all human life. We are all broken. We are all sinners. We all make mistakes. And we have to continue to love and support those who fall short of the mark, including me.”

“So I think the Pope is simply stating something that is crystal clear in the Christian faith, which is to love the sinner and condemn the sin, but to stand for the truth of what the institution of marriage is,” ended Santorum.

Santorum has recently broken with Pope Francis on several major issues — most notably the Vatican’s encyclical on climate change in which he told the Pontiff, who graduated from technical school as a chemical technician, to “leave science to the scientists.”

Watch clip, courtesy of CNN (via Mediaite).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmu2yPX3vpE