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Papal Message Seeks "Global Authority" for Economy
Reuters ^ | July 7, 2009 | Phillip Pullella

Posted on 07/07/2009 10:30:02 AM PDT by TheRiverNile

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict called on Tuesday 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 made his call for a re-think of the way the world economy is run in a 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.

Parts of the encyclical, titled "Charity in Truth," seemed bound to upset free marketeers 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 had a moral consequence and called for "forms of redistribution" of wealth overseen by governments to help those most affected by crises.

Benedict said "there is an urgent need of a true world political authority" whose task would be "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."

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I'm shocked at this. Anybody care to explain? I've always held Pope Benedict in high esteem, so I'm baffled by this.
1 posted on 07/07/2009 10:30:03 AM PDT by TheRiverNile
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To: TheRiverNile

End times coming. One world government.


2 posted on 07/07/2009 10:30:45 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: TheRiverNile

Mark Belling, subbing for Rush today, is commenting on this.


3 posted on 07/07/2009 10:31:14 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Survival is a Mom's Job! Check out my new blog: www.thesurvivalmom.com)
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To: TheRiverNile

Umm, hell no.


4 posted on 07/07/2009 10:31:27 AM PDT by cranked
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To: TheRiverNile

Maybe the Pope is old and tired and wants to speed up all this end times stuff.


5 posted on 07/07/2009 10:31:29 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: TheRiverNile

The Vatican is a global collector. What’s good for the globe is good for the church.


6 posted on 07/07/2009 10:31:57 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: TheRiverNile

Dear Pope,

I love you, but HELL NO!

Now, kindly get back to talking ex cathedra again.


7 posted on 07/07/2009 10:32:19 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Why excerpt your own blog? If its that damned important, then (Excerpted. Click here to read more))
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To: TheRiverNile

Biting my tongue very hard right now...


8 posted on 07/07/2009 10:33:20 AM PDT by Double Tap
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To: TheRiverNile

So did he recommend taking this global economic leader’s mark on the forehead or the right hand?


9 posted on 07/07/2009 10:34:14 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: TheRiverNile

How about the 12th Mahdi?


10 posted on 07/07/2009 10:34:22 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: TheRiverNile

The next thing you know he’ll want us to have a mark on our forehead or hand before we can buy or sell...


11 posted on 07/07/2009 10:34:39 AM PDT by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: rawhide

You get the prize !


12 posted on 07/07/2009 10:35:09 AM PDT by kingpins10
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To: TheRiverNile
Won't speak out against Obama being honored at Notre Dame but is an expert on the world economy and "social issues." Honor the the most egregious pro-abortionist President in history but call for a Global Economic Authority.

My Pope is an embarrassment.

13 posted on 07/07/2009 10:35:11 AM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: TheRiverNile
I think we're already doing this one on this thread.
14 posted on 07/07/2009 10:35:13 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!!)
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To: TheRiverNile

Benedict said “there is an urgent need of a true world political authority” whose task would be “to manage the global economy


I always thought God’s plan for a year of jubilee had some merit.......................


15 posted on 07/07/2009 10:35:17 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: TheRiverNile

Really there is nothing new here. The Church has always been somewhat socialistic as they see government as a key component to helping the world’s poor.


16 posted on 07/07/2009 10:35:52 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: TheRiverNile
Very naive. Very naive. He has let his concern for humans outweigh what he ought to know of human nature.

There is no global authority that can, or will be, moral.
17 posted on 07/07/2009 10:36:22 AM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: kingpins10

O’ goody! What did I win?


18 posted on 07/07/2009 10:37:07 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: TheRiverNile

He’s a great moral leader; he’s a great economic illiterate.


19 posted on 07/07/2009 10:37:11 AM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find!)
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To: TheRiverNile

He cannot be serious.


20 posted on 07/07/2009 10:37:17 AM PDT by wastedyears (The Tree is thirsty and the hogs are hungry.)
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To: TheRiverNile

The Catholic Church was established by the Roman Government.

This is no surprise.


21 posted on 07/07/2009 10:37:31 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: TheRiverNile

“Pope Benedict called on Tuesday for a “world political authority” to manage the global economy”

Seems to me there used to be a train of thought that had the Catholic Church as the anti-Christ. I also remember something written....somewhere about how the anti-christ will seek dominion over the world economy. Not that I believe any of that, but the Pope has to know that this does not look good. He’s a smart man, I am sure he knows exactly what he is talking about.


22 posted on 07/07/2009 10:37:38 AM PDT by Grunthor (Does a crowded elevator smell different to midgets?)
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To: MikeWUSAF

Come on, let’s not get hysterical here.


23 posted on 07/07/2009 10:37:55 AM PDT by Dan Middleton (Say no to political personality cults, on the left or the right.)
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To: TheRiverNile

So the Pope is a communist? Big surprise.

I’m a Christian, not a Catholic. Therefore, I view the pope as a good man who is flawed, and quite falible. History tells us that the good modifier was a stretch for some popes.

As such, I’d wish for the pope to tend to his business, that of spiritual guidance, and stay out of economic matters.


24 posted on 07/07/2009 10:38:01 AM PDT by brownsfan (The public schools and the SRM, they are killing us.)
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To: TheRiverNile
Did nobody on the planet pay attention to the American Miracle? Do they not understand that the Constitution is the primary source our of freedom, wealth, and prosperity, and that's it main tenet is that central authority, as a necessary evil, must be limited? Do they not "get" that concentrating authority is, inevitably, a bad thing? Do they not understand that properly hamstringing the highest authority is the best way to ensure success and happiness for the people? Doesn't anyone understand these simple truths that have been on display for a few centuries? Magna Carta, anyone? Federalist Papers? "Power corrupts"? History class? Anything?

*crickets*

25 posted on 07/07/2009 10:38:56 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Neverforget01

“My Pope is an embarrassment.”

Mines’ not.

-Smart-a$$ed Protty.


26 posted on 07/07/2009 10:39:22 AM PDT by Grunthor (Does a crowded elevator smell different to midgets?)
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To: TheRiverNile
I found this (directly from his writing) to be the most interesting:

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[146] 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, 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.

27 posted on 07/07/2009 10:40:01 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: TheRiverNile

Why, he seems no different than the rest of the one-world commie bastards.


28 posted on 07/07/2009 10:40:42 AM PDT by Mariner
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To: rawhide

Spot on rawhide


29 posted on 07/07/2009 10:40:55 AM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: sionnsar; Huber
Not an Anglican ping, but did you see this?

The pope said every economic decision had a moral consequence and called for "forms of redistribution" of wealth overseen by governments to help those most affected by crises.

Benedict said "there is an urgent need of a true world political authority" whose task would be "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."

30 posted on 07/07/2009 10:41:53 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: TheRiverNile

The Pope should re-read the words of Jesus about what belongs to God and what belongs to Caesar- and get out of the business of advocating for Caesar.

apparently Pope and obama will have lots to cuddle over


31 posted on 07/07/2009 10:42:19 AM PDT by silverleaf (Save the earth. It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: TheRiverNile
Well, your Eminence, I'll consider your statements about religion, my soul, and sin... but you can take this economic advice and dunk it into the Mediterranean.
32 posted on 07/07/2009 10:42:51 AM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: TheRiverNile

So the Pope is a New World Order Nazi too?

Figures. So much for the Catholic Church.


33 posted on 07/07/2009 10:43:00 AM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: TheRiverNile

Wants the UN to have “Teeth” too!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8137849.stm


34 posted on 07/07/2009 10:43:07 AM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: FromLori
Sounds like an ‘attaboy’ award to me. Not worth anything to me, but thanks. (I was hopin' for a new car or something)
35 posted on 07/07/2009 10:43:32 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: TheRiverNile
"I've always held Pope Benedict in high esteem, so I'm baffled by this."


I hold him in high regards as well, but do not consider him an expert in economic or political affairs.
36 posted on 07/07/2009 10:44:38 AM PDT by rob777 (Personal Responsibility is the Price of Freedom)
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To: TheRiverNile

What did you expect, a supply-side Pope? Nothing in the Church history except comfort with massive centralization of assets.


37 posted on 07/07/2009 10:44:51 AM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: TheRiverNile

I think the old boy has jumped his trolley.


38 posted on 07/07/2009 10:45:01 AM PDT by Turret Gunner A20
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To: TheRiverNile

So much for Papal infallibility.

He needs to read some Friedman or Hayak.


39 posted on 07/07/2009 10:45:36 AM PDT by Busywhiskers ("Every normal man must be tempted at times to hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats" -Henr)
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To: TheRiverNile

Remember this is Al-Reuters. I have not yet read the encyclical, but I would like to do so before offering comment.


40 posted on 07/07/2009 10:46:55 AM PDT by karnage (worn arguments and old attitudes)
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To: evets
Because we are talking about "The One" the "magic negro".

--

He really thinks he is the Mhadi

Explanation: The core of the Shi'ite religious world view is the Hidden Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, "The Guided One."

Who has been sent to destroy the infidel.

41 posted on 07/07/2009 10:47:08 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (The last time I looked, this is still Texas where I live.)
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To: karnage

Hear hear.


42 posted on 07/07/2009 10:47:19 AM PDT by thefrankbaum (Ad maiorem Dei gloriam)
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To: TheRiverNile
OK, let's start with a monstrously huge tax on the Vatican and how about a popular Papal elections? Maybe Obama or Bill Clinton could win that one. ;-)
43 posted on 07/07/2009 10:48:10 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: silverleaf
The Pope should re-read the words of Jesus about what belongs to God and what belongs to Caesar- and get out of the business of advocating for Caesar.

Bingo!

44 posted on 07/07/2009 10:48:32 AM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: Busywhiskers

This document isn’t infallible.
As a Catholic, I ignore anything the Church says about economics. JPII was probably the most or only capitalistic Pope...


45 posted on 07/07/2009 10:48:52 AM PDT by SMCC1
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To: TheRiverNile

He’s wrong...again.

He needs to stick to moral/ethical issues—there is more than enough in that wormy can to deal with without getting into one world economics.


46 posted on 07/07/2009 10:49:04 AM PDT by eleni121 (The New Byzantium - resurrect it!)
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To: TheRiverNile

sigh...

he is out of his realm and should just stay out of this.

it is not in his expertise and lessens his credibility on what he does have expertise with....


47 posted on 07/07/2009 10:49:55 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: wafflehouse; Leisler; PAR35; TigerLikesRooster; AndyJackson; Thane_Banquo; nicksaunt; ...
*Ping!*
48 posted on 07/07/2009 10:50:12 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: TheRiverNile
THE HELL?

The Pope said this? Dear Lord in Heaven...

49 posted on 07/07/2009 10:50:29 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: Arkinsaw
Very naive. Very naive. He has let his concern for humans outweigh what he ought to know of human nature.

There is no global authority that can, or will be, moral.

True. Looks like he neeeds to go back and take a closer look at what happened when the Catholic Church tried their hand at ruling the world.

50 posted on 07/07/2009 10:51:35 AM PDT by Turret Gunner A20
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