The Apocalypse of Benedict XVI. On the Financial False Gods of Our Time
The Pope Speaks Against the Powers and the Principalities, and Anonymous Financial Interests Which "Turn Men Into Slaves"
Robert Moynihan writes, "On the morning of October 11, Pope Benedict did something quite unusual: he spoke at length -- about 20 minutes -- without prepared remarks. So, in his words today, Benedict spoke from his heart. But very few, at least in the English-speaking world, have understood the full importance of what he said.
"We think of the great powers of the present day, of the anonymous financial interests which turn men into slaves, which are no longer human things, but are an anonymous power which men serve, by which men are tormented and even slaughtered. They [i.e., anonymous financial interests] are a destructive power, a power that menaces the world." —Pope Benedict XVI, Reflection after the reading of the office for the Third Hour in the Synod Aula, Vatican City, October 11, 2010.
"And then the power of the terrorist ideologies. Apparently in God's name, violence is done, but it is not God: they are false divinities, divinities that must be unmasked, that are not God." —Ibid., next sentence
"And then drug-trafficking, this power that, like a devouring beast, extends his hands towards every part of the earth and destroys: it is a divinity, but a false divinity, which must fall. Or also the way of life propagated by public opinion: today it is so, marriage is no longer important, chastity is no longer a virtue, and so forth.
"These ideologies that dominate, so much so that they impose themselves with force, are divinities. And in the suffering of the saints, in the suffering of believers, of the Mother Church of which we are a part, these divinities must fall, it must come to pass what the letters (of St. Paul) to the Colossians and to the Ephesians say: the dominations, the powers fall and become subject to the one Lord Jesus Christ." —Ibid., next sentence
...And what did the Pope "reveal"?
He "revealed" the false "gods" of our age, the hidden "divinities" of our time, and he named several of these "false gods" from whom we must free ourselves if we are to turn to the one, true God: the world's anonymous financial interests, the promoters of terrorist violence, drug-traffickers.
He argued that all three of these groups are in the service of "false gods" -- divinities which must be "unmasked" if God's kingdom of justice and peace, the kingdom of the true divinity, is ever to reign on this earth...[Source]
--->Sandro Magister, Rome: The complete transcription of the pope's unscripted homily at the first session of the special synod on the Middle East. Financial capitals, terrorism, drugs, dominant ideologies. The rise and fall of the powers of this world, interpreted in the light of Revelation...Read it all. Caveat: Moynihan points out that Magister somehow here mistranslated "capitali anonimi" the plural form of "anonymous capital (i.e., money)": "This phrase ... was translated rather unhappily in the English text sent out this evening by Italian Vaticanist Sandro Magister -- who routinely does work of high quality -- as 'the anonymous capitals that enslave man' (see below), an inadequate translation, as if the Pope were referring to anonymous capitals of countries."
--->Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, also writes, "Still, some early press accounts in English have not mentioned the Pope's denunciation of powerful, hidden, financial interests, focusing only on the Pope's denunciation of terrorist violence and drug-trafficking, so it is important to clarify this point.
The Pope denounced the entire array of "false gods" that threaten and oppress men and women today, and called for the "unmasking" of all these false "divinities."
"Christ was not born as an individual among others," Benedict said. "He was born to create a body for himself: he was born -- as John says in chapter 12 of his Gospel -- to draw all things to him and in him.
Note: Many believe the Pope's call for a global economic forum is precisely to counter the usury, deregulation and monopoly of the aforementioned anonymous financial powers.
--->See also when Pius XI warned of the grave dangers of international finance
Benedict XVI Warns Usury Leads to Despair
In Caritas in Veritate (2009), in the midst of the most severe global crisis since the Great Depression, Pope Benedict XVI, wrote, "...In these days when financial difficulties can become severe for many of the more vulnerable sectors of the population, [they] should be protected from the risk of usury and from despair" (No. 65)
Benedict also said on October 11: "He was born -- as the letters to the Colossians and to the Ephesians say," Benedict continued, "to recapitulate all the world, he was born as the first-born of many brothers, he was born to reunite the cosmos in himself, such that he is the head of a great body.
"Where Christ is born, there begins the movement of recapitulation, the moment of the calling, of the construction of his body, of the holy Church. The Mother of 'Theós,' the Mother of God, is Mother of the Church, because she is Mother of the one who came to reunite all in his risen body...In doing so, he made clear that he believes that, in our time, spiritual "powers and principalities" are masquerading as "divinities," but that they are "false gods" which must be "unmasked" for the sake of men and women, whose hope lies with the true God.
He went on to say that the struggle against such forces is part of a continual struggle for the Church. The Book of Revelation, he said, sheds light on this struggle against false gods, particularly in its image of the serpent who creates a river to drown a woman in flight, and of the earth that swallows up the river.
"I think the river is easily interpreted as these currents that dominate everyone and that want to make the Church and the faith disappear," he said. "And the earth that absorbs these currents is the faith of ordinary people, which doesn't allow itself to be overcome by this river." ---Source: Robert Moynihan, Inside the Vatican, e-list Newsflash (emphasis mine throughout above) -- [This Post Last Updated 1:27 PM EST]
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