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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."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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To: TheRiverNile

I am catholic and I think the pope should be more worried about saving souls of the earth and not the money........you cannot have 2 masters...


151 posted on 07/07/2009 12:10:44 PM PDT by angelcindy
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To: evets
How about the 12th Mahdi?Just to clarify it is Al-Mahdi (who will be named Muhammed bin Abdullah). It is the 12th imam (descendant of Muhammed who is in hiding/resting until he is revealed). Most assume both to be the same person.
152 posted on 07/07/2009 12:13:24 PM PDT by LivingNet
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To: FourtySeven

Post #143 highlights why you are wrong in your interpretation.

The pope seeks a world authority that has the teeth to enforce among the nations what he is proposing. There is no doubt, that is, if you trust the pope’s own words, straight from the Vatican.


153 posted on 07/07/2009 12:13:24 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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To: 444Flyer

Thought you’d be interested in seeing this.


154 posted on 07/07/2009 12:14:11 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: TheRiverNile
Anybody care to explain?

The article is al-Reuters.

Anybody who takes it at face value is acting very foolishly.

You wouldn't trust them if it weren't about the Pope, would you? Why trust them now?

155 posted on 07/07/2009 12:15:13 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: jimfree

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

Well said. Just like every priest I have ever met, except one.


156 posted on 07/07/2009 12:15:41 PM PDT by cowtowney
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To: vladimir998
Vlad, the pope specifically states that there is “urgent need of a true world political authority” and “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.”

Vlad, you need to read better. You papal apologists really ought to be able do better.

See post #143 for the Vatican link on the pope's words.

157 posted on 07/07/2009 12:18:00 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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To: Columbo; Pyro7480
Thank you for highlighting that paragraph. I would further refine it to this part:

In order not to produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature, the governance of globalization must be marked by subsidiarity, articulated into several layers and involving different levels that can work together. Globalization certainly requires authority, insofar as it poses the problem of a global common good that needs to be pursued. This authority, however, must be organized in a subsidiary and stratified way[138], if it is not to infringe upon freedom and if it is to yield effective results in practice."

158 posted on 07/07/2009 12:30:04 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: Glenn
Free emerging societies have given growth to The Catholic Church.

Controlled and Socialist societies have replaced the Church and kicked it out.

Not sure where he is going with this.........

159 posted on 07/07/2009 12:32:49 PM PDT by Patas
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To: NYer; Salvation

Do you have comments about this?


160 posted on 07/07/2009 12:33:24 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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To: TheRiverNile

As a non-practicing Catholic (join the club, I know), part of the reason I left was its abhorrent international leftist political doctrine. Although many would say something to the contrary, I feel it is aligning itself more with liberation theology than anything else. The Church dislikes wealth when it’s not in their hands, and make no mistake, the Church is very wealthy and very corrupt. I don’t mean to come off like a raving lunatic, but the Catholic church promotes less individual freedoms than Scientology.


161 posted on 07/07/2009 12:33:48 PM PDT by ERJCaptain
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To: TheRiverNile
Apparently he has not met Fannie and Freddie yet.

Little behind the times.

162 posted on 07/07/2009 12:34:59 PM PDT by Patas
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To: ELS

And in references #146-149+, the pope gives us that recipe as to how that is to be implemented.

Which is his New World Order. See post #143 for the complete reference.


163 posted on 07/07/2009 12:35:41 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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To: ELS
So, do you think that the pope is making a pre-emptive strike by Benedict against the globalists driven by greed?

(i.e., is this an attempt to muddle the emerging global system in such a way that it would be extremely difficult to use for nefarious purposes?)
164 posted on 07/07/2009 12:39:19 PM PDT by TheRiverNile
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To: TheRiverNile; All

Fine, your Holiness, we’ll start with taxing Church property in the US at fair market value.

You may be infallible in matters of the Church but stay out of “Caesar’s” affairs.


165 posted on 07/07/2009 12:41:07 PM PDT by AbeKrieger (If global warming didn't exist, Al Gore would have had to invent it.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Read post #143, direct from the Vatican.

Reuters doesn’t tell it nearly as bad as the pope, himself.


166 posted on 07/07/2009 12:43:09 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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To: ConservativeMind
the part you failed to highlight. Perhaps you simply didn't understand it:

Such an authority would need to be regulated by law, to observe consistently the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity,

167 posted on 07/07/2009 12:47:02 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Carry_Okie

You wrote:

“That’s funny, I heard Him say, “my Church.” Can you show me where He said “Roman Catholic Church”?”

Catholic Church. I’m not Roman. I’m Catholic. And Christ never said “Christian” either, so your question makes no sense. Originally Christians called what they shared The Way don’t forget.

“While you’re busy curing my confusion, perhaps you can tell me why it was James who issued the ruling on the Apostolic Decree, and not Peter?”

Read Acts again. Peter ruled - James agreed. That’s why everyone held their silence when Peter spoke. The issue was done when he was finished speaking.

“Then tell me how the Apostolic Decree prohibited drinking blood while allowing that “transubstantiation” thingy.”

Simple. 1) The Eucharist is a Divine command, 2) it is a sacramental presence, not a bloody one.

“If you folks want to wallow in ignorance of your Jewish Messiah following one man go for it. I’d rather follow The Man, thank you.”

We do follow the Man - the God-man. I am not ignorant of our Jewish roots. I bet I know more than you do. So far that is clearly the case.


168 posted on 07/07/2009 12:49:21 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: ArrogantBustard

Well it is kind of a big word...


169 posted on 07/07/2009 12:49:29 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Notice the words “freedom” and “liberty” do not appear in the Pope’s remarks.

I’m a cradle Catholic with clergy in the family. I cut my teeth on tales of Catholicism. The history of the RCC has long included dedication to central authority and strict hierarchy. I believe a fellow named Luther complained about that dedication some time ago.

Pope Benedict’s remarks are completely in keeping with that dedication. Some people may have mistook Catholic opposition to godless communism’s global ambitions as opposition to the global component, when in fact the RCC was only opposed to the godlessness. Pope John Paul, the first pope in office after the fall of godless totalitarian ideologies, was discreet enough to mostly keep his silence on the issue. Pope Benedict, apparently, is not.

Chills went down my spine when I read, “Obviously it would have to have the authority to ensure compliance with its decisions from all parties.” For any of you who are wondering, the Pope is talking about armed authority.


170 posted on 07/07/2009 12:50:59 PM PDT by beckett (Amor Fati)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

So is “federalism”, which originally meant roughly the same thing.


171 posted on 07/07/2009 12:51:08 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: rawhide

there ya have it


172 posted on 07/07/2009 12:52:23 PM PDT by Munz ("We're all here for you OK? It's a circle of love" Rham Emanuel)
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To: TheRiverNile; Glenn; Larry Lucido
First of all, thanks for asking an honest question instead of a rant. That's good thread management -- you set an even tone.

Which I'll probably derail a little bit by saying that this is SS/DD for Mother Church. Glenn summed it up well saying whatever's good for the globe is good for the Church. With the BRIC bloc nearly demanding a global currency (woefully underreported by the state-run media), and the Church only fairly active in one of those countries, of course the Church wants in -- or de minimus, certainly doesn't want to be left out. Banking interests and all that you know ... cough cough harrumph ...

It's a simple perversion of piety. The Church likes to pretend that its main benefactors aren't rugged capitalists, or even just plain merchants & professionals, and also likes to pretend that not just raw unfettered capitalism but even refined commerce is somehow dirty; therefore through some paralogistic twisting of the Gospel (from a subset of men who have almost universally never created a job, or multiplied fish), Caesar can demand three or even four times the tithe, on top of the tithe itself.

Pope Benedict I think is particularly keen on expressing himself a la JPII in humanist terms, to maintain a continuum ... of sorts ... but as Larry so aptly put it, "Now, kindly get back to talking ex cathedra again."

173 posted on 07/07/2009 12:52:28 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (John 14:30)
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To: ConservativeMind
Ok, thanks for the correction. I do not wish to comment much more without further reflection and consideration on my part, but suffice it to say that while it's clear there is a concrete proposal on the table, I think this is an important point to consider:

Exactly what is the Pope proposing? That is, what does he see the UN being? Like it is today? From the paragraph you cited, it seems clear he is probably as dissatisfied with the UN (as it exists today) as we are.

This all comes back to the concept of "poverty of spirit", IMO. We must not be so entrenched in our (I believe justified) hatred of the UN as it operates today, that we will automatically reject any idea of some kind of governing body for the entire world.

Again, the tenor of the Encyclical seems to be a single proposal to people to govern themselves under Christian principles, i.e., the American experiment. So, re-reading the paragraph you cited in this light, to me, it seems that the Pope is saying that the UN needs to be reformed, reformed to abide by its original intent (or charter).

Put another way, if we put aside any paranoia inspired by pre-tribulational "rapture" eschatology that may plague us (not that it does you, but it clearly motivates some), if we imagine a governing body that is exactly modeled after the United States' (ideal) government, who would object to it?

Why object to it? Let me make my hypothetical scenario clear: What if the UN (or some other world body by some other name) were modified/created and it behaved exactly as the US Federal government was supposed to behave? (Limited intrusion into people's lives, limited taxes, both financial and physical, freedom of religion, speech, assmembly guaranteed, etc) Why should we object to that? Simply because it's a "world government"? To me that would be putting patriotism over Christian principle, quite frankly, not to mention, again, letting paranoia generated via a (relatively new) eschatological belief make our decisions for us, instead of engaging our own God given freedom in true "poverty of spirit".

I think again it's important to note that the Pope isn't proposing any specific way this world body would behave other than to say it should be as the UN was supposed to be: a body that would protect the rights of all people.

Isn't it interesting that the main reason the UN is such a travesty today is not because it adheres to its original charter, but precisely because it does not adhere to its original intent to protect the individual rights of all?

So, again, without expressly saying that I agree with what he is proposing here (without further reflection and careful examination), I can't say I find the idea too objectionable. In fact, right now, the only reason I can see why I would find it objectionable is if I automatically, and without hesitation, always rejected the simple notion of globalization. As I stated previously, to react in such an "instinctive" way to the concept (or indeed to any concept) is to not truly be "poor in spirit" (as the Beatitudes say we should be).

We must have a reason, based in reason, to reject a proposal. We can't simply reject an idea simply because we were taught to always reject it. That's not the way "reason" works; quite frankly that's how animals behave.

174 posted on 07/07/2009 12:53:50 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: beckett

Chilling is the right word.


175 posted on 07/07/2009 12:56:27 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Columbo
"Such assistance is offered when individuals or groups are unable to accomplish something on their own, and it is always designed to achieve their emancipation, because it fosters freedom and participation through assumption of responsibility"

And this, throughout history, has never happened with government as the agent. Never.

So disappointing to read such a thing from a student of history who clearly knows better.

176 posted on 07/07/2009 12:59:22 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (John 14:30)
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To: beckett; anniegetyourgun
Notice the words “freedom” and “liberty” do not appear in the Pope’s remarks.

The word "freedom" occurs over 35 times. Check for yourself.

177 posted on 07/07/2009 1:02:55 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: ELS

Yes, I read the entire document. The portion I posted is chilling, despite the yowls.


178 posted on 07/07/2009 1:05:46 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: TheRiverNile

I initially read this as “Paypal Message Seeks “Global Authority” for Economy.”


179 posted on 07/07/2009 1:07:02 PM PDT by Ham Hock
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To: TheRiverNile

Well I formally refuse. So much for MY head.


180 posted on 07/07/2009 1:07:21 PM PDT by Shaun_MD (Closed Mouth, Opened Mind, Clenched Fist.)
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To: TheRiverNile

So the leader of the Catholic Church recommends that secular institutions redistribute wealth?! Though a former Catholic, I have often heralded Pope Benedict, but this statement is absolutely infuriating and the strongest case ever made against Papal infallibilty.


181 posted on 07/07/2009 1:09:10 PM PDT by AZConcervative (Yes, I know it is misspelled, the correct spelling was taken...)
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To: AZConcervative

This document isn’t ex cathedra, so it’s not infallible. Only on matters of faith and morals.


182 posted on 07/07/2009 1:14:15 PM PDT by SMCC1
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To: anniegetyourgun

It’s hard to put into words how disappointed I am that the Pope would write something like this. It reads like hard core commie agitprop. Almost sounds like the Pope is setting the stage for one world religion merged with one world government. I guess nothing should surprise me anymore.


183 posted on 07/07/2009 1:24:58 PM PDT by kamikaze2000
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To: vladimir998
Read Acts again. Peter ruled - James agreed. That’s why everyone held their silence when Peter spoke. The issue was done when he was finished speaking.

I just did. You are beyond stretching the truth.

And Christ never said “Christian” either, so your question makes no sense.

You don't like the question, so you pose another and fail to answer both. Pathetic.

Simple. 1) The Eucharist is a Divine command, 2) it is a sacramental presence, not a bloody one.

There is no precedent for this anywhere in Jewish practice. You can't find in the Tanakh anything presaging this conclusion. His statement was metaphorical and symbolic, just as was the passover lamb was a symbol of Him. It was a device for us to recognize Him and remember, just as were teffilin or mezuzot, just as his citation of Hillel of the Shema as the most important Law.

We do follow the Man - the God-man. I am not ignorant of our Jewish roots. I bet I know more than you do. So far that is clearly the case.

Somehow I've missed the RCC keeping that Sabbath thingy. This is pure spin on your part.

184 posted on 07/07/2009 1:26:47 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Indolence is the enemy of a republic.)
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To: SMCC1

Actually I believe that ex cathedra refers to a teaching by the pope that is considered to be made with the intention of invoking infallibility concerning faith and or morals.

From what I read it could easily be inferred that he is speaking directly morals.

Perhaps it needs to be specifically stated that a statment is ex cathedra? If so, I did not know that.

However, regardless of whether or not the statement is deemed by the Church to be infallible, it still saddens me that the Catholic Church’s head believes that secular institutions should be in charge of redistribution of wealth. He is Scripturally off base in this instance, so I pray you are correct.


185 posted on 07/07/2009 1:27:23 PM PDT by AZConcervative (Yes, I know it is misspelled, the correct spelling was taken...)
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To: brownsfan
>> 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. <<

Believe it or not, most Catholics would agree with you. The Catholic Church only teaches that the Pope is "infallible" on matters that pertain to faith and morals (for example, naming saints and explaining original sin) and NOT on anything else (science, economics, politics, etc.) Obviously the Pope is a mortal man and he makes mistakes.

186 posted on 07/07/2009 1:29:55 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: vladimir998
Do you pay taxes or not?

You ignorantly assume that just because I/we currently pay taxes to go to entitlement programs, somehow that makes it ok or moral? BZZ! Try again.

187 posted on 07/07/2009 1:31:06 PM PDT by MrDem (Monthly Special: Will write OPUS's for Whiners and Crybabies for no charge.)
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To: TheRiverNile

Either the Pope has been misquoted, or he is a leftist, or he is not a leftist, but profoundly lacking in judgment nonetheless.


188 posted on 07/07/2009 1:32:51 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: TheRiverNile; drstevej; OrthodoxPresbyterian; CCWoody; Wrigley; Gamecock; Jean Chauvin; jboot; ...
Pope Benedict called on Tuesday for a "world political authority" to manage the global economy and for more government regulation of national economies

All fascists/all the time.

"But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the LORD a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen." -- Malachi 1:14


"With Him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are His." -- Job 12:16

Thank God.

189 posted on 07/07/2009 1:36:58 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: ELS
The excerpt of the Encyclical at Post #27, which was the post I was responding to, does not contain the two words referenced. If elsewhere in the Encyclical, Pope Benedict does mention "freedom" (but not the more politically meaningful word "liberty"), I amend my comment and withdraw the first sentence only.

Everything else I wrote still applies, including my ultimate point, i.e., the Pope favors an armed world government.

190 posted on 07/07/2009 1:44:40 PM PDT by beckett (Amor Fati)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

Yep, and they wonder why people have an aversion to the Pope and to the Church. Maybe he’s not the anti-Christ but he is certainly promoting a one world order.


191 posted on 07/07/2009 1:46:50 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: FourtySeven
redistribution of wealth"

The Catholic Church, i.e. the Vatican, should set an example by selling all of their elaborate buildings and treasures and give the money to the poor.

192 posted on 07/07/2009 1:47:08 PM PDT by MrDem (Monthly Special: Will write OPUS's for Whiners and Crybabies for no charge.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; TheRiverNile; drstevej; OrthodoxPresbyterian; CCWoody; Wrigley; Gamecock; ...
Pope Benedict called on Tuesday for a "world political authority" to manage the global economy and for more government regulation of national economies

He also called for this global authority having the power to enforce it's redistributive plans. So much for individual freedom.

193 posted on 07/07/2009 1:48:33 PM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

Was there a thread recently that pondered what would be said at the meeting between Barack and the Pope? Today, we have incite.


194 posted on 07/07/2009 1:49:53 PM PDT by suzyjaruki (What is coming next?)
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To: TheRiverNile
Dear Pope Ignoramous:

Up Uranus!!
195 posted on 07/07/2009 1:58:29 PM PDT by Stayfree (REWARD FOR OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE.COM)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

The UN section is tough to understand outside of the context of the rest of the encyclical.

This is his key caveat to his idea of re-purposing the UN:

“In order not to produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature, the governance of globalization must be marked by subsidiarity, articulated into several layers and involving different levels that can work together. Globalization certainly requires authority, insofar as it poses the problem of a global common good that needs to be pursued. This authority, however, must be organized in a subsidiary and stratified way[138], if it is not to infringe upon freedom and if it is to yield effective results in practice.”

One has to read all the prior sections to see what he means by “subsidiarity” and how it relates to government and liberty.
~~
While we differ on issues of the Church, I would hop eyou would reflect on this. Right now, I see a lot of knee-jerking going on (not just you).

Do you plan to read it and discuss further, perhaps starting another thread?


196 posted on 07/07/2009 1:59:59 PM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: angelcindy

How true. But as Catholics (and Christians) we have been told that it is no good to tell people only of the Word while ignoring their needs for food, shelter, etc. I believe much of this is aimed at the impoverished countries, not just the US.


197 posted on 07/07/2009 2:01:17 PM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: Neverforget01

He speaks out across the globe for abortion. He allows his brother bishops to handle the problems in their own area. You do realize that he’s not the President and CEO of a multinational? He can’t swoop in and be everywhere at once.


198 posted on 07/07/2009 2:05:10 PM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: vladimir998

if the Catholic church was established by Christ, then why don’t they follow the teachings of him and his disciples? He gave Peter the keys to the kingdom (what one must do to be saved) and Peter gives those instructions after Christ ascended the RC church does not teach that, yet Peter is considered the first Pope.... if he is so revered then why not do as he said?


199 posted on 07/07/2009 2:11:37 PM PDT by DrewsMum (Let men marry men and women marry women... and in 3 generations, there will be no democrats...)
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To: bill1952

Our nation is rich, while you or I may or may not be. We’ve been blessed by many things no one else has (the birth of Washington, Jefferson, Reagan, etc, a Judeo-Christian set of values, western thinking in terms of liberty, freedom, and so forth). Much of the world is impoverished and under the jack-boots of thugs and tyrants.

Our poor have cell phones and TVs.

Is it rude to point out we’re rich?


200 posted on 07/07/2009 2:12:07 PM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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