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VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis has appointed a pro-abortion atheist, anti-capitalist economist and climate alarmist as a full member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
The appointment of Dr. Mariana Mazzucato violates Francis' own 2016 statutes, which require members to "commit themselves to promoting and defending the principles regarding the value of life and the dignity of the human person," in a way "consonant with the Church's Magisterium."
Labeled as "the world's scariest economist," the professor of "economics of innovation and public value" at University College London is "admired by Bill Gates" and "consulted by governments," according to The Times, London.
While the economist who seeks to reform capitalism was nominally appointed on Saturday by Abp. Vincenzo Paglia, president of the academy, it was Francis who picked Mazzucato as one of 14 new ordinary members appointed to the academy, a top Vatican source told Church Militant.
Pope Francis praised Mazzucato in his book Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, describing her work as "thinking that is not ideological, which moves beyond the polarization of free market capitalism and state socialism, and which has at its heart a concern that all of humanity have access to land, lodging and labor."
"As an atheist, I never thought I would love a pope this much. What a star!" Mazzucato tweeted in 2016, in response to a story on Pope Francis suggesting that Donald Trump is not a Christian and a second story on the pontiff defending humanity's "right to the environment."
"From the evidence, it appears that the statutes of the Pontifical Academy for Life would require that Mazzucato's membership be immediately revoked," distinguished ethicist Dr. Michael Pakaluk told Church Militant.
"Of course, this question must now be raised about other members as well," Dr. Pakaluk, professor of ethics and social philosophy at the Catholic University of America, added.
As per new statutes issued by Pope Francis in 2016, membership can be revoked "in the event of a public and deliberate action or statement by a member clearly contrary to the [academy's] principles" or "seriously offensive to the dignity and prestige of the Catholic Church or of the academy itself."
Pope John Paul II established the prestigious pro-life academy in 1994 to study "the principal problems of biomedicine and of law, relative to the promotion and defense of life, above all in the direct relation that they have with Christian morality and the directives of the Church's Magisterium."
According to the statutes of Francis, "academicians are selected, without regard for their religion," based on their "academic qualifications, proven professional integrity, professional expertise and faithful service in the defense and promotion of the right to life of every human person."
"There are plenty of pro-life economists, dedicated Christians, who, at great personal cost, have defended the inviolability of human life from conception to natural death, in the face of a very, very hostile academic community. Yes, one can speak of persecution, exclusion and blackballing," Pakaluk told Church Militant.
"It is unjust and unhelpful to the Church for the academy to advance the prestige of actual enemies of these Christians. It's a slap in the face," the ethicist lamented.
"Our Lord has already said all that needs to be said about the Pontifical Academy for Life as currently composed: When salt has lost its saltiness, it is good for nothing, and we toss it out into the streets," Pakaluk added.
Italian–American Mazzucato has gone on record championing legalized abortion and attacking the pro-life decision of the United States Supreme Court to overturn the notorious Roe v. Wade ruling that paved the way for the holocaust of over 65 million abortions since 1973.
Following the SCOTUS overturning of Roe v. Wade in June, Mazzucato responded "So good!" to pro-abortion TV presenter Ana Kasparian making anti-Christian statements ridiculing the Bible while condemning the court's pro-life ruling.
"I don't care about your g**d*** religion," Kasparian screamed in a rant against pro-life Christians. "I don't care what the Bible says. Like sitting here trying to decipher what your little mythical book has to say about these very real political issues."
Mazzucato retweeted multiple pro-abortion tweets the same month, including one by Berkeley professor Robert Reich, who posted, "So states can decide you must carry a fetus but not whether you can carry a concealed gun?"
Mazzucato then retweeted First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon's post attacking the reversal of Roe v. Wade: "One of the darkest days for women's rights in my lifetime."
Later in the day, the economist retweeted a tweet by the director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: "Safe #abortion is health care. It saves lives. Restricting it drives women and girls towards unsafe abortions, resulting in complications, even death. The evidence is irrefutable."
On June 25, Mazzucato tweeted, "Excellent @ewarren: Roe is dead," responding to pro-abortion comments from Democrat pro-abortion Sen. Elizabeth Warren. On July 2, she retweeted a tweet by Bloomberg Quicktake: "Safe abortion is health care. It saves lives."
The economist "has the ear of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren," according to Quartz magazine. "Mazzucato's work has also captured the attention of Democrats in the US." Ocasio-Cortez and Warren are both radically pro-abortion.
"Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez named Mazzucato as one of four economists who are helping to shape her economic policy agenda," Quartz states, explaining how Mazzucato met with Ocasio-Cortez to discuss the radical Green New Deal.
Since the COVID-19 crisis, Mazzucato has been threatening Orwellian "climate lockdowns" and calling for a "climate revolution" as a member of the controversial World Economic Forum, which advocates a Marxist-like "Great Reset."
"In the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again — this time to tackle a climate emergency," Mazzucato warns. "We are approaching a tipping point on climate change, when protecting the future of civilization will require dramatic interventions."
"Under a 'climate lockdown,' governments would limit private-vehicle use, ban consumption of red meat, and impose extreme energy-saving measures, while fossil-fuel companies would have to stop drilling," the doomsayer writes.
Mazzucato apocalyptically heralds "cataclysmic climate change" as "inevitable and irreversible at present trajectories" with only "a decade to radically restructure our relationship with nature if we are to avoid the most damaging consequences of climate breakdown."
Pope Francis also named Mosaad Helaly Saad Al-Din, professor of Islamic jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University and Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, former director of the immunization and vaccines department at the World Health Organization, as members of the academy.
Church Militant contacted Mazzucato asking how she hoped to reconcile her views on abortion with the position of the Pontifical Academy for Life. "Unfortunately, Professor Mazzucato is traveling and will not have the time to respond to this request," Mazzucato's media relations manager replied.
The Pontifical Academy for Life did not respond to Church Militant's request for comment.