Pope Francis is on the path to paganism

Pope Francis is on the path to paganism

The marketing director of a powerful Chicago-based group of climate change deniers has accused ‘bad advisers’ of  leading the Pope along a path to paganism.

Gene Koprowski, (inset above), of the barmy but well-funded Heartland Institute, attacked the pontiff at a press conference in Philadelphia last Thursday.

The event, which Heartland had billed as a challenge to the Pope’s “views on global warming and the nature of capitalism”, was staged ahead of Francis’s visit to the US tomorrow.

The Pope has called on policymakers to take action to control climate change and has criticised the excesses of free market capitalism.

According to Koprowski, when Heartland staffers first began reading news stories about the Pope speaking out on climate, they were:

Shocked that the Pope was buying into this left-wing political craze that is global warming.

So in April, Heartland sent a delegation of climate skeptics to Rome to offer a “prebuttal” to a Vatican climate summit in an attempt to change the Pope’s mind. Koprowski said:

When the Vatican leapt into the controversy on climate science, we were initially under the impression that His Holiness was a victim of bad advice from bad advisers. There were people from the UN who were population control advocates. There were people from other left-wing groups who were advising the pontiff.

But Koprowski said that after the pope released his landmark encyclical calling for action on climate change, he began to suspect that “something more may be afoot.”

That “something”, Koprowski asserted, were pagan rituals and “nature worship”.

I’m wondering, as a scholar, if pagan forms are returning to the Church this day.

He concluded:

I would say, contrary to some of the criticism, that this is not communism that has entered the church. It’s, rather, paganism.

Koprowski surprisingly stopped short of calling the Pope a “murderer”, “tyrant” or a “madman”, words the Institute used in a 2012 ad campaign to describe folk who believe that climate change is taking place.

Heartland said in a supporting press release at the time:

Scientific, political, and public support for the theory of man-made global warming is collapsing. Most scientists and 60 percent of the general public (in the US) do not believe man-made global warming is a problem. The people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society. This is why the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.

Amid a near unanimous outcry from enemies and allies alike, Heartland pulled the campaign on the very day it was launched, saying:

We know that our billboard angered and disappointed many of Heartland’s friends and supporters, but we hope they understand what we were trying to do with this experiment. We do not apologize for running the ad, and we will continue to experiment with ways to communicate the ‘realist’ message on the climate.

19 responses to “Pope Francis is on the path to paganism”

  1. Hot under the Collar says:

    What a toxic mix … global warming deniers and roman catholics. Data and fact is all we need … and that proves conclusively that climate change is being driven by fossil fuel consumption. That is all goverments need to know. The confounding influences of religious and oil industry lobbies just fog up and get in the way of discuusions on how to tackle must this issue and therefore must be eliminated from discussions.

  2. L.Long says:

    The leader of a bunch of dishonest hypocrites says one of the few things that was intelligent and he his taken down by a bunch of dimwitted maroons! WOW! Am I shocked!

  3. Peter K. says:

    Intelligent or not, what does one expect when one cries “wolf” once too often.

  4. lucy1 says:

    I am endlessly fascinated that US right wing xtians oppose climate change as a matter of faith… why??? is it the politics or the religion??

  5. Stephen Mynett says:

    For some I believe it is pure capitalistic greed, why worry about the future when you can make a million today. For many it is because they are so indoctrinated and have lost all ability to think critically, although there are many theists who refuse to accept anything can be one. My sister’s (albeit Australian not American) line on trying to stop climate change was: “I think it is arrogant of man to think he can change God’s creation.” She is well educated and was not from an overly religious family, our parents refused to have us Baptised/Christened saying it should be our choice, she is just an example of how poisonous religion can be.

  6. SallyinMI says:

    I am finding it beyond ironic that our GOP US legislators can sit and applaud Netanyahu, who wants nothing less than WWIII, financed and fought by the USA, which would end the fortunes of the USA forever, but let the leader of religious thought in the world come over, and they suddenly want to boycott his speech because he dares to talk about God’s mandate to watch over (protect not rape) Creation. Either the Pope is right, and they are too terrified to hear what he’s saying,or they are not nearly as religious as they portray themselves on the TV. Who would have thought it would be the Pope to get into their thick skulls that religion and politics are separate?

  7. Lurker111 says:

    Are you sure Koprowski is the guy in the _inset_?

  8. barriejohn says:

    Lurker: It appears to be him. Did you watch the video?

    We had similar views on the environment (but no mention of “paganism” that I recall) from the Thatcherites. Their line was that environmental concerns were all well and good, but that if one got the economy right (and there’s much to be said for that, IMHO) one would then be in a position to deal with social concerns like the environment. That is why their view of recycling (which was a big issue in those days) was that those famous “market forces” would take care of everything, and where recycling was economically beneficial then it would automatically go ahead to the benefit of all. The fallacies in these arguments are plain to see, and I remember at the time wondering whether any of them had been awake during maths and science lessons, when reversible and irreversible reactions, etc, had been mentioned. Some issues are of such overwhelming importance that they require immediate attention, and the environment is one. To delay may mean disaster, not merely temporary inconvenience!

  9. Barry Duke says:

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  10. Rob Andrews says:

    lucy 1:

    It’s a historical mixture of the ‘ protestant work ethic’ combined with the percived Roman Catholic luxury: gold vestments; painting and sculpture. Hence “paganism”This goes back to the time when early American settlers were getting away from the Church of England–a throw back to Rome. This was called paganistic.

    Many of the bible belt settlers are decended from those Scots-Irish folks.And of course they’re also against ‘liberal ideas’ like welfare and gun control and same-sex marriage. Add the propaganda of people who just want your vote and stir well.

    From: PBS and History channel documentaries.

  11. Brian Jordan says:

    I’m surprised he didn’t blame the RC Church directly for global warming. It is, after all, responsible for a component of it, thanks to its incessant drive to overpopulation.

  12. Peterat says:

    He is quoted as saying,”I’m wondering, as a scholar,…” ??? A scholar of what?

  13. Cali Ron says:

    Definitely not a math or statisitics scholar. “Most scientists and 60 percent of the general public (in the US) do not believe man-made global warming is a problem.” Recent polls show 61 % of Americans believe that climate change is caused by man and amongst scientists a Skeptical Science peer-reviewed survey showed 97% of papers on the subject agreed it’s caused by man. Also, there are many different surveys of scientists who study the climate that all show about 97% of them agree climate change is real and man made.

    Trying to call the pope pagan is quite the ironic bit of humor since the church hi-jacked pagan rituals years ago to make converting pagans easier.

    Thatcherites are cut from the same cloth as hardcore conservatives who believe there should be no regulation of capitalism and that corporations can be trusted to do the right thing. They would never take advantage of people, the environment, natural resources or in any way do anything to harm mankind. This is pretty ironic given how many wells and underground water supplies for so many areas are now polluted by fracking, or the damage to the gulf from the oil spill, or the Bhophal disaster, or Fukashima or …… I could go on for a long time here, but I think you get the picture.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Cali Ron: You put it more eloquently than I could! Thatcher was naïve where business was concerned, but how about this for sheer duplicity?

  15. asquith says:

    Can’think of any possible objections to the above. As an ex-Catholic, now agnostic, does that mean I’ve stopped being a satanist or what?

  16. AgentCormac says:

    If the square peg of reality doesn’t fit with the round hole of right-wing American evangeical thinking, then clearly someone needs to be blamed. Catholics. Pagans. Communists. They’re all culpable. (I’m surprised atheists haven’t found a place on the list too). But above all, those nasty scientists and thier lies about the havoc humankind is wreaking on the planet. What a sinister bunch of people they are! And why would anybody want to listen to 21st-century scientific evidence when you can sit back,read a book written by iron-age goat herders, and be absolved of all responsibility instead?

  17. Cali Ron says:

    barriejohn: Just read the news story this morning about VW. Shocked I am, that a large German corporation would take deceit to such a level. What next, a car company with exploding gas tanks? A company selling millions of defective air bags? (Ooops, I did it again.) I guess that’s what they mean by “German engineering”. Engineered to bypass the smog laws. It seems VW has been applying Germany’s vaunted austerity to their corporate conscience.

  18. The Christian cannot really believe in improving the world. If the world is environmentally saved or destroyed the Christian says, “It happened so it is the will of God.” So an IS becomes an OUGHT! That is not logical. The Christian cannot set out to fix the world. The Christian sets out to be the tool if God wants to use him to fix the world. There is a fundamental difference between the non-religious person being good and the religious. To see doing good as unimportant in itself unless it is a test from God is extremism.