Pope Francis went ahead and poked his finger in the eye of the Conservative Movement.

Francis has made clear that he hopes the encyclical will influence energy and economic policy and stir a global movement. He calls on ordinary people to pressure politicians for change. Bishops and priests around the world are expected to lead discussions on the encyclical in services on Sunday. But Francis is also reaching for a wider audience when in the first pages of the document he asks “to address every person living on this planet.”

That’s not being a loyal member of the team, which obviously means that the pope must be excommunicated from the Movement as a “Malthusian” and a “Marxist.”

The tables have turned nicely here, and eventually we’ll see it have an impact on stuff like this:

Congressman Jody Hice railed against the separation of church and state in a video statement screened at a San Diego Christian conference, Right Wing Watch reported.

“Somehow we have bought into that false belief that our Constitution forbids us from being involved because of the so-called separation of church and state,” the Georgia Republican said in a video prepared for the Future Conference in San Diego. “I’m sure you’re aware of the fact that that’s not in our constitution. But it’s been said so many times that many Christians believe that we ought not be involved.”

It’s all fine to “be involved” until the pope comes down on the other side of the issue and bishops and priests begin discussing the urgency of phasing out fossil fuels from their pulpits.

Now, suddenly, religious leaders are “out of their element” and discussing secular affairs about which they know nothing.

Very amusing.