Today I am ashamed to be a CatholicSubmitted by libertyBoy on Tue, 07/07/2009 - 16:43
I was raised Catholic, attended church every Sunday, went to a Catholic high-school and college, lead retreats in the winter and was camp counselor in the summer. I have always admired the Catholic doctrine which seemed to understand philosophy and reason were requirements in order to have a strong faith. I in fact almost joined the seminary in college to become a priest but decided I just wouldn’t be able to give up the women – whew, thank God for women.
So I’ve been warned in recent months that churches might in the near future be used to preach to their flocks and convince them to peacefully accept a new world government. At first I honestly thought this was ludicrous. Certainly churches are much more principled than to accept orders from the world’s power elites. Churches couldn’t be as easily paid off and controlled as governments are? Could they be?
I later accepted this might have some merit and was in fact even necessary. No country in their right mind would willingly give up their sovereignty and local control to an all powerful central world government without being first brainwashed.
Then I wake up to this headline in the news today: Papal message seeks "global authority" for economy.
Let the brainwashing begin…
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Tuesday called for a "world political authority" to manage the global economy and for more government regulation of national economies to pull the world out of the current crisis and avoid a repeat.
The pope's call for a re-think of the way the world economy is run came in new encyclical which touched on a number of social issues but whose main connecting thread was how the current crisis has affected both rich and poor nations.
Called "Charity in Truth," parts of the encyclical appeared bound to upset conservatives because of its underlying rejection of unbridled capitalism and unregulated market forces, which he said had led to "thoroughly destructive" abuse of the system.
The pope said every economic decision has a moral consequence and called for "forms of redistribution" of wealth overseen by governments to help those most affected by crises.