Based on the Pope’s comments yesterday concerning a ‘world political authority’ to oversee financial markets – I thought it would be a good idea to post a couple of articles relating to previous comments by Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II.
We must ask ourselves – why would leaders of the Catholic Church promote a ‘new world order’? Why would they even use the term ‘order’? Do most people have any idea what an ‘order’ is? Do you think most people have any idea what they’re talking about when they mention a ‘new world order’? If most people have no idea what the Popes are referring to – why would they say these things? If you can answer these questions – then you’ve started down the path to learn the truth.
jg – July 9, 2009
Pope Calls for a New World Order
AAP December 27, 2005
Pope Benedict, in his first Christmas address, on Sunday urged humanity to unite against terrorism, poverty and environmental blight and called for a “new world order” to correct economic imbalances.
The Pope made his comments to tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered under umbrellas in a rainy St Peter square for his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message and blessing.
In his address, telecast live from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica to tens of millions of people in nearly 40 countries, he also urged his listeners not to let technological achievements blind them to true human values.
He said humanity should look to the Christ child for encouragement in times of difficulty and fear.
“A united humanity will be able to confront the many troubling problems of the present time: from the menace of terrorism to the humiliating poverty in which millions of human beings live, from the proliferation of weapons to the pandemics and the environmental destruction which threatens the future of our planet,” he said.
“Do not fear; put your trust in him! The life-giving power of his light is an incentive for building a new world order based on just ethical and economic relationships,” he said, speaking in Italian.
The address by the leader of the world’s some 1.1 billion Roman Catholics was different in style than those of his predecessor John Paul, who died last April.
John Paul wrote his Christmas addresses in free-style verse and resembled poetry, whereas Benedict’s was in prose like a normal homily or speech.
Since his election, the Pope has repeatedly reminded Catholics not to give in to an “ethical relativism” where circumstances can be used to justify actions that should be considered wrong in all cases.
The Pope, wearing a gold cape and with a gold mitre, continued in that line on Sunday by beaming in on the dangers of technology and progress, implying that it should not be allowed to become tantamount to a God in its own right.
“Today we can dispose of vast material resources. But the men and women in our technological age risk becoming victims of their own intellectual and technical achievements, ending up in spiritual barrenness and emptiness of heart,” he said.
“That is why it is so important for us to open our minds and hearts to the birth of Christ, this event of salvation which can give new hope to the life of each human being,” he said.
In other parts of the address he appealed for respect for the rights of people suffering a humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.
He made another appeal for peace in the Holy Land and called for “actions inspired by fairness and wisdom” in Iraq and Lebanon.
The Pope asked God to favour dialogue on the Korean peninsula so that “dangerous disputes” there and elsewhere in Asia can be solved peacefully.
The Urbi et Orbi followed a solemn Christmas eve midnight mass attended by a congregation that packed St Peter’s Basilica.
In his homily at that mass he urged the world’s Catholics to be beacons of peace in a troubled world and offered a special prayer for an end to strife in the Holy Land.
The next major event on the Pope’s Christmas season calendar is a mass on the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. Two days later he will baptise children.
In early January, the Pope is due to publish his first encyclical, a major writing addressed to all Church members.
The encyclical, believed to be called “God is Love”, deals with the individual’s personal relationship with God.
Pope calls for a new world order
January 2, 2004 –CNN
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II rang in the New Year on Thursday with a renewed call for peace in the Middle East and Africa and the creation of a new world order based on respect for the dignity of man and equality among nations.
John Paul presided over a morning Mass inside St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the World Day of Peace, which the Roman Catholic Church celebrates every January 1. He appeared in good form, delivering his entire homily in a strong and clear voice despite a relatively tiring holiday schedule.
This year, John Paul directed his thoughts to continuing conflicts around the globe. But he stressed that to bring about peace, there needs to be a new respect for international law and the creation of a “new international order” based on the goals of the United Nations.
He called for “an order that is able to give adequate solutions to today’s problems based on the dignity of the human being, on an integral development of society, on solidarity among nations rich and poor, on the sharing of resources and the extraordinary results of scientific and technical progress.”
The pope lamented continuing violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and also offered his prayers for his ambassador to Burundi, Archbishop Michael Courtney, who was gunned down by assailants this week as he returned from a funeral.
John Paul said Courtney was killed “while he carried out his mission in favor of dialogue and reconciliation” in the central African country, which has been wracked by violence for a decade.
“Let us pray for him, hoping that his example and sacrifice will bring about the fruits of peace in Burundi and the world,” he said.
Earlier this month, John Paul issued a formal document marking the World Day of Peace in which he called for a reform of the United Nations and international law to deal with the evolving threat of terrorism.
He said a new respect for international law was the only way to achieve peace and guarantee against the arbitrary use of force. He did not mention the United States by name, but his message appeared aimed at the U.S. anti-terrorism campaign—and in particular at Washington’s pre-emptive war in Iraq, which was launched without the specific authorization of the United Nations.
John Paul was a vocal critic of the Iraq war, dispatching envoys to Washington and Baghdad to try to prevent hostilities from breaking out and exhorting world leaders that war was not inevitable and was “always a defeat for humanity.”
“Because peace is possible … it is necessary,” he said during his homily Thursday.
The New Year’s Mass was the last major celebration of the Christmas season for John Paul, who is 83 and suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which makes it difficult for him to speak, as well as knee and hip ailments that make it almost impossible for him to walk or stand.
He cut back some of his holiday activities and scrapped two traditional papal events—the ordination of bishops January 6 and baptisms on January 11.
But throughout the Christmas season, he has appeared far stronger than during the series of celebrations in October marking his 25th anniversary as pope. Then, he was unable to deliver many of his homilies and had to have others to read them on his behalf.