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.