Monday, March 7, 2011

Is the Pope a Progressive Socialist?

"Disturbing Encyclical Calls for World Government and U.S. to become "Subsidiary" To It
(c) 2011 by Tom King

A friend forwarded me the link to this Encyclical released by Pope Benedict XVI. As an American conservative, I find it totally disturbing. I have included, perhaps, the most disturbing bit, in which the Pope calls for a global government to which all the world's nations would be subsidiary. In essence, he calls for the United States, long a bastion of religious and individual freedom, to join the international community and submit itself to the judgment of the world - a world from which our ancestors, wave on wave of immigrants, fled seeking freedom and opportunity.

I'm glad I'm not Catholic. I would have a great deal of difficulty opposing the supreme leader of my church on this issue and oppose him I would. Jesus said we fight against principalities and powers. It seems, if you've been following the news lately, that those powers, many of which are mentioned in this encyclical, are joining together to create a world in which individuals submit their will to the collective judgment of a powerful world government. In another place in the encyclical, the Pope states that such a government should have "some teeth".  He repeatedly uses words like "subsidiarity" and "solidarity". He refers to trade unions and progressive governments as important partners in the process.  He states, "Obviously it (the global government) would have to have the authority to ensure compliance with its decisions from all parties, and also with the coordinated measures adopted in various international forums."  It is the same thing called for by progressive socialists, union leaders, environmental groups and even radical Islamists.  Though their vision of a one world government is quite different, the Islamic jihadists seem prepared to work arm in arm with other factions to create such a world government, if only, to make the world conquerable in a single stroke rather than piecemeal as they would have to in today's world of independent nations.

Don't get me wrong here, I am not anti-Catholic. I have dear Christian friends who are Roman Catholic whom I know God loves and blesses. That said, when a world church leader of the influence and power of the Pope, comes out in favor of something as drastic as a world government, those who have a moral objection to that cannot remain silence, whether we respect the leader or not. If the General Conference President of my own church advocated that the U.S. should submit itself to a world government, I'd be setting up a howl.

If you would like to read the entire document and judge for yourself, click on the title below.  It will take you to the Vatican website where the entire encyclical is published. This is the most telling part of encyclical.


"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, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago. Such an authority would need to be regulated by law, to observe consistently the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, to seek to establish the common good[147], and to make a commitment to securing authentic integral human development inspired by the values of charity in truth. Furthermore, such an authority would need to be universally recognized and to be vested with the effective power to ensure security for all, regard for justice, and respect for rights[148]. Obviously it would have to have the authority to ensure compliance with its decisions from all parties, and also with the coordinated measures adopted in various international forums. Without this, despite the great progress accomplished in various sectors, international law would risk being conditioned by the balance of power among the strongest nations. The integral development of peoples and international cooperation require the establishment of a greater degree of international ordering, marked by subsidiarity, for the management of globalization[149]. They also require the construction of a social order that at last conforms to the moral order, to the interconnection between moral and social spheres, and to the link between politics and the economic and civil spheres, as envisaged by the Charter of the United Nations."

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