Unholy Alliance Between Church and State

Unholy Alliance Between Church and State

I was born and raised in the Catholic Church and I understand its teachings, but I cannot accept this outrageous proposition by Pope Benedict for a new Central World Bank.  In my view, he can take his statist proposition and burn with it in the lake of fire.  This is a sinful proposal, because it arrogantly ignores that which the church teaches about free will.  One of the things about which I have long been at odds with the Catholic Church has been its preaching of “social justice” via social policies of governments.  This perhaps applies salve to those who feel some guilt in what wealth they have earned, but more frequently, it provides a moral escape hatch for those who produce nothing while demanding that others pay their way.

This is the source of a great rift in the church, greater even than questions over issues of abortion, homosexuality, and pedophilia among priests.  This is a matter of what the church teaches its people at a fundamental level, and Pope Benedict’s proposal is one that should cause mortal shame in the Vatican.  That institution has been collecting and sitting on vast wealth for nearly the entire period of its existence, and the fact that it wants so-called “social justice” at the point of a gun is the last piece you need to understand how morally bankrupt the Church has become.  In the days of John Paul II’s early years, he fought with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher against the tyranny of communism.  For me, the Catholic Church is now officially dead, because through this proposal, Pope Benedict XVI is joining the church in Communism.

There are  no good works one can accomplish if one practices evil in order to carry them out.  This proposition on the part of the Pope is something that must be confronted, and I intend to do so.  There is a reason the Church has lost credibility, and when you see that they have extended into the world of politics and governance to the extent this proposal portends, you can know that the institution of the Church is in serious trouble.  So desperate is the Church to fill its coffers from the world’s poor that it now relies upon a proposal to enslave them.  In this instance, the Vatican is actually demanding global taxes on financial transactions.   WHAT?

If you think it is bad when government involves itself in the realm of religion, imagine what it is when religion takes over governance on a claim of moral authority over people and nations who may not subscribe to its claim of authority.  Every protestant who ever had doubts about the Catholic church have just had them confirmed in this  proposal.  Of all the abominable hypocrisies put forward in this proposal, here, I think is the most stunning of all:

“In fact, the crisis has revealed behaviours like selfishness, collective greed and hoarding of goods on a great scale,”(emphasis added)

Here you have the ultimate in hypocrisy:  An institution that has hoarded the wealth of ages while continuing to collect wealth from even the poorest of its flock actually bothers to address the question of “collective greed?”  What can be more greedy than a Church hierarchy that occupies a palace in a nation established for its own propagation and preservation?  What?  What is greater greed than this? Pope Benedict should be ashamed to attach his name to any of this, and indeed, Catholics should recoil in horror.  Here is the ugly reality of the nature of these actions by the Church: It  is now collaborating with the devils of socialism and communism.

The most disturbing part of this proposal by the Vatican was the appeal for a “Global Authority.”  Yes, the Vatican just asked for a one-world government to oversee currency, banking, and apparently, taxation.  I will never submit to this, and I hereby denounce the Vatican, this Pope, and all the hypocrisies for which they have chosen to stand.  The church and the Pope are supposed to be spiritual leaders, but this is direct involvement in the lives of all men through government’s tentacles, and it’s an astonishing rejection of the pursuit of liberty Pope John Paul II had undertaken in the 1980s.  My complaint here is not with Catholics, but with the institution that claims to lead them.  This proposal is not born of the teachings of Jesus Christ, but of foolish old men in the Vatican who have forgotten what it is they are to do, and have become too comfortable in their museum-like  surroundings.  The Vatican is no longer the seat of the greatest Christian church on the planet, but a jewel-encrusted mausoleum that has entombed its principles beneath a stone lid of politics and corruption.  Once, the Catholic Church stood against tyranny, but as we now see all too clearly, the Vatican has gotten in bed with it.

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  • C.A. Bamford

    Amen.

  • http://thedrpete.wordpress.com thedrpete

    If we'd had THIS Pope in 1960, John Kennedy would never have been elected.

  • http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ Adrienne

    I understand how you feel. It is very hard to separate the institutional Church from the divine element. I

    Go to Real Catholic TV and watch the episode on The Influence of Saul Alinsky on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. It will give you some great background on the infiltration of Marxism in the Church with the Jesuits leading the pack.
    http://www.realcatholictv.com/cia/01cchd/

    Trust me on this (said the spider to the fly) – I have been banned from many "high end" Catholic sites because I've dared to breath the word Marxism. It is the main reason I quit blogging on Catholic matters.

    • http://aol.com rickers

      could not agree more– The hypocrisy of the Church is one reason why I no longer attend. Another is giving sanctuary to illegals & this flies in the face of all domestic laws & for as bad as our government is, one never sees illegals being mistreated and beaten when they are put into custody by the INS.
      Our Catholic church has forgotten to take care of it's own, yet it bends over backwards to make amends and appease those who would snuff it out-Muslims.
      Western Civilization is rotting from within & one of the foundations that made us what we were- kind and generous- was the Christian doctrine of charity.

      Tell me one nation-one entity – that can claim to be as generous as was the USA and it's people. Not a one, but today we have the POPE calling for a world bank. Hmnn- sounds like a corporation belonging to George Soros. I am afraid, as I have told my wife, that Father Flannigan is long gone along with the church I was raised in 40 years ago.

  • Anne

    Good Lord, you are a busy soul and I thank you for that.

  • Mary M.

    Mark,
    Thank you for this information. I have struggled with the "social justice" part of the Catholic Church in the past two years, and now I don't feel so bad about having stopped going. I am horrified that the Pope is saying this…where did this information come from?

    Some of the end-time prophecies are being fulfilled by this event from this Pope.

    Thanks, as always, for all the information and updates.

    • http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ Adrienne

      Mary – the Pope didn't say this. It was the head of the social justice arm of the Church.

      • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

        Adrienne, this is the Vatican speaking. When it speaks as an institution, doesn't it do so with his "blessing," so to speak?

      • http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ Adrienne

        Mark (and Mary)

        Actually it doesn't. There are any number of lower level bureaucrats that propagate what are known as "white" papers.

        The best roundup of info with plenty of links is at Insight Scoop:
        http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2011/10/the-

        Now, I will be remiss in not saying that this whole thing is as about as important as when they promulgated The Ten Commandments for Drivers entitled ""Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road"." Seriously – I can't make up this crap!

        Unfortunately, when people hear the words "the Vatican" they automatically assume it means "the Pope." Father Z went on a pretty good rant about the whole thing. I think he's linked at the Inside Scoop, but just in case here's a link:
        http://wdtprs.com/blog/2011/10/the-new-white-pape

        The whole thing is cringe inducing and makes the Church look absolutely stupid. They'll lose lots of pew potatoes over this little paper.

        • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

          Adrienne, this may point out another problem with the church, apart from the specifics of doctrine: Why has the church become so bureaucratic anyway? From your description, and I'd estimate that this is mostly true, the church has taken on the character of a government with all its bureaucrats, its departments, and so on. It seems to me that if the church would spend more time attending to the spiritual concerns/needs of its flock, there would be a good deal less of this sort of thing, but hey, what do I know?

      • http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ Adrienne

        Well – you're absolutely right but it's always been like that. In the grand scheme of things there's been way worse times for the Church.

        Like you – I get very frustrated and so do many priests and religious.

        As to doctrine? It's been unchanged since the beginning. I try to focus on that and not the petty machinations of some little weenie Catholic bureaucrat. Some days it works and some
        days it doesn't

  • http://gravatar.com/moonprinces moonprinces

    as i understand this statement came from a finace commitee in the vatican NOT THE POPE AND IS NOT A PART OF THE MAGISTRIUM, so please check this out before you condem the whole catholic church. besides do you go to mass for social justice teaching or do you go to honor JESUS and recieve him body soul

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      MoonPrinces, if you read the article, I didn't condemn the whole church, and indeed, I specifically said so.

  • Martin T

    Mark,
    There are many other Christian churches out there in which you will find many like-minded patriotic brothers and sisters. They would welcome you with open arms. Don't feel obligated to stay within a corrupt institution. Find a Bible-based church that has little or few "man-made" constructs. I was born & raised Catholic, I changed to a Bible-based church in my 30s and have been very blessed to have done so.

    • http://none C Bartlett

      Amen to Martin T. There are lots of very Christ-centered, Bible-based churches who are locally autonomous. The Pope (and others in many religious leadership positions) are just men – not Gods, and definitely not infallable. I prefer to trust what the Bible says and be very careful about what any man says. Much like the constitution and politicians – do your own research on all of the issues. :-)

  • Ron

    Mark, thank you for expounding on this. Events like these have been put forth many years ago by a Jesuit named Malachi Martin. His "novel" "The Windswept House" talks about the Church's influence in "The New World Order", the division of the vatican between the pope and the cardinals, and the animosity between them.

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  • Mary F.

    Perhaps we should write to the Pope via Cardinal Raymond Burke and ask Burke to share our views with Pope Benedict. We need to ask him to remove Cardinal Peter Turkson from his position as President of the
    Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. We should ask the Pope to
    speak out loud and clear denouncing Turkson's document: Towards
    Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Con-
    text of a Global Public Authority.

    Mary F.