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The Pope Goes Global

October 25, 2011

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Pope Benedict XVI

On Monday the Vatican released a document with the unwieldy title “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority.” Although The Bible counsels true believers to “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world,” this new 18-page broadsheet unabashedly dives headfirst into the murky world of global finance and global government. It urges that a “central world bank” and a “global public authority” be established to right the world’s wrongs using the winged iron hammer of “a supranational authority” mercilessly wielding “universal jurisdiction.”

Some choice passages:

The economic and financial crisis which the world is going through calls everyone, individuals and peoples, to examine in depth the principles and the cultural and moral values at the basis of social coexistence….If no solutions are found to the various forms of injustice, the negative effects that will follow on the social, political and economic level will be destined to create a climate of growing hostility and even violence, and ultimately undermine the very foundations of democratic institutions, even the ones considered most solid.

“This new 18-page broadsheet unabashedly dives headfirst into the murky world of global finance and global government.”

In his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI tooted pretty much the same One World flute:

In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth. One also senses the urgent need to find innovative ways of implementing the principle of the responsibility to protect and of giving poorer nations an effective voice in shared decision-making. This seems necessary in order to arrive at a political, juridical and economic order which can increase and give direction to international cooperation for the development of all peoples in solidarity. To manage the global economy; to revive economies hit by the crisis; to avoid any deterioration of the present crisis and the greater imbalances that would result; to bring about integral and timely disarmament, food security and peace; to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration: for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority….

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