Worshipping Gaia

Given the priority that Francis assigns to the climate crisis and his concerns about being relevant, one must ask whether he is not worshipping gaia as much as he is worshipping aion.

Last month, the redoubtable Jordan Peterson sat down with reporter Colm Flynn of EWTN (the Eternal Word Television Network) to discuss a variety of topics, including his wife Tammy’s miraculous recovery from cancer, the widespread loss of faith in the Catholic Church since the 1960s, and Pope Francis’ “fixation” on “climate change.”

The term “fixation” is a word used by psychologists to indicate a mental abnormality. Dr. Peterson is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Toronto. He taught at Harvard, where he was nominated for the Levenson Teaching Prize. He understands the meaning of the word “fixation.” He does not lack the boldness to speak what he perceives to be the truth of things.

Concerning climate change, Francis advocates for a powerful global government that is not subject to changing political conditions. Such a measure, he remarks, would “achieve the beginning of a new process marked by three requirements: that it be drastic, intense, and count on the commitment of all.” If this view does represent a “fixation” for a person who is the spiritual head of the Catholic Church, it certainly represents something that is draconian and unrealizable. At the same time, Francis has criticized pro-life advocates for being “obsessed with abortion,” nuns for praying too much, and philosophers for being clear. He has also opined that EWTN is “doing work for the devil.”

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