- Tim Stanley: Bernie Sanders plans a trip to the Vatican. His views on poverty, environment and more give him much in common with Pope
- He says if Sanders can separate his economic populism from cultural liberalism, he might find a whole new constituency in Catholics
Timothy Stanley, a conservative, is a historian and columnist for Britain's Daily Telegraph. He is the author of "Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration Between L.A. and D.C. Revolutionized American Politics." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Pope Francis and Bernie Sanders might seem like a pretty odd couple. One is a Catholic cleric who believes abortion and same-sex marriage are a sin. The other is a Jewish liberal. And yet Sanders says he has been invited by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences to attend a meeting on social, economic and environmental issues at the Vatican -- and the senator, despite having a primary to fight in New York, intends to go.