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.
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.