What’s one thing you could assume that a pope, the head of the Roman Catholic Church and Bishop of Rome, would avoid doing no matter how woke? “Avoid referring to a pagan deity as being real” would be a good answer, as would be “avoid saying its a bad thing to ‘abuse’ said pagan deities.”
Well, guess what the woke pope, Pope Francis just did…he both referred to “mother earth”, a pagan deity, and castigated Christians for abusing her in a recent message on the world day of prayer for the care of creation.
Making the point about “mother earth” in the statement, one in which he also referred to the “climate crisis” and the “ancestral lands: of “native peoples”, woke Pope Francis said:
Tragically, that sweet song is accompanied by a cry of anguish. Or even better: a chorus of cries of anguish. In the first place, it is our sister, mother earth, who cries out. Prey to our consumerist excesses, she weeps and implores us to put an end to our abuses and to her destruction. Then too, there are all those different creatures who cry out. At the mercy of a “tyrannical anthropocentrism” (Laudato Si’, 68), completely at odds with Christ’s centrality in the work of creation, countless species are dying out and their hymns of praise silenced. There are also the poorest among us who are crying out. Exposed to the climate crisis, the poor feel even more gravely the impact of the drought, flooding, hurricanes and heat waves that are becoming ever more intense and frequent. Likewise, our brothers and sisters of the native peoples are crying out. As a result of predatory economic interests, their ancestral lands are being invaded and devastated on all sides, “provoking a cry that rises up to heaven” (Querida Amazonia, 9). Finally, there is the plea of our children. Feeling menaced by shortsighted and selfish actions, today’s young people are crying out, anxiously asking us adults to do everything possible to prevent, or at least limit, the collapse of our planet’s ecosystems.
So much for the spirit of the conquistadors and the Catholic Church’s crushing of pagan beliefs. Now the pope is openly referring to mother earth, a pagan deity. What’s next, will he start talking about how Apollo and his sun chariot will fly too close to the Earth like Phaethon and scorch us unless we “eat ze bugs”?
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Francis, though he refrained from further support for pagan deities like Gaia, also cheering globalist climate programs in the statement, saying:
The COP27 conference on climate change, to be held in Egypt in November 2022 represents the next opportunity for all to join in promoting the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. For this reason too, I recently authorized the Holy See, in the name of and on behalf of the Vatican City State, to accede to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement, in the hope that the humanity of the 21st century “will be remembered for having generously shouldered its grave responsibilities” ( ibid., 65). The effort to achieve the Paris goal of limiting temperature increase to 1.5°C is quite demanding; it calls for responsible cooperation between all nations in presenting climate plans or more ambitious nationally determined contributions in order to reduce to zero, as quickly as possible, net greenhouse gas emissions. This means “converting” models of consumption and production, as well as lifestyles, in a way more respectful of creation and the integral human development of all peoples, present and future, a development grounded in responsibility, prudence/precaution, solidarity, concern for the poor and for future generations.
Preserving the Earth and treating it with respect is one thing. Cheering the UN and acting like pagan deities are real is quite another.