Vatican Denounces Its Document Calling for a World Political Authority

A month ago, on October 24, the Vatican issued a curious document calling for the creation of a “supranational global political Authority” and a central world bank to manage and cure the ills of the world’s economies.
The proposal, Note on the reform of the international financial and monetary systems in the context of global public authority” (henceforth, “The Note”), also calls for a global “Robbin Hood” tax on financial transactions, called a “Tobin tax” after the name of its creator. This idea immediately was picked up by the UK’s Anglican primate Rowan Williams, who wrote an approving op/ed in the Financial Times. At the G20 summit in Cannes, the idea of this tax also popped up in some of the comments of Barack Obama and French president Nicholas Sarkozy, but nothing concrete was done about it.
Given the timing as well as the substance of The Note, which blames the ills of the global economy on the “excesses” of capitalism and reeks of a redux of the revolutionary socialist Liberation Theology that the Catholic Church under Pope John Paul II had explicitly abjured, many around the world saw the Vatican as lending support to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Cardinal Peter Turkson

The Note was not authored by the Pope but by the left-wing Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJP), headed by 63-year-old native of Ghana, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, who had been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. Nevertheless, the PCJP is a part of the Roman Curia or the Holy See — the “episcopal jurisdiction” or central government of the Roman Catholic Church — and The Note liberally references and quotes past and present popes. Given all this, one could only conclude that The Note has the pope’s approval.
Not so.
Ten days after the publication of The Note, on November 4 in the Vatican, an emergency summit convened in the Roman Curia’s secretariat of state. The reason for the meeting: to do damage control on The Note that had disturbed many, inside and outside of the Vatican.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

The secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 76, complained that he had not known about The Note until the last moment. Nor does the document have his approval. The summit concluded with an issuance of a “binding order” that would be transmitted to all of the offices of the curia: henceforth, nothing in writing would be released unless it had been inspected and authorized by the secretariat of state.
However, Chiesa Expresso’s reporter Sandro Magister rightly points out that:

“Of course, the fact that Bertone and his colleagues had seen that document only after its publication is astonishing in itself.

Already on October 19, in fact, five days ahead of time, the Vatican press office – which reports directly to the secretary of state – had made the announcement of the press conference to present the document, at which the speakers would be Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the pontifical council for justice and peace, and Bishop Mario Toso, the council’s secretary.

Toso, a Salesian like Bertone and his longtime friend, was chosen for this office by the cardinal secretary of state himself.”

What all this means is I had suspected. The Catholic Church, like every organization, is factionalized. The Note is the work of a liberal faction within the Vatican, whose views, beliefs and prescriptions are not those of the Church’s Secretariat of State.
Given the advanced age of Pope Benedict XVI (he will be 85 years old next April), factional differences and contention as displayed in the disagreement over The Note are not insignificant and promise to shape the future direction of the Church itself.

As a footnote, the Holy See is located in Vatican City, Rome. For the central government of the Catholic Church, the Holy See has a very small staff of 2,750 employees, most of whom work in departments and offices scattered throughout the city of Rome. Only one office — the Secretariat of State — is situated within Vatican City.
For many months now, every day, without fail, our ClustrMap tells us that Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) is read by someone(s) in the Holy See, Vatican City. Since the Secretariat of State is the only department of the Holy See which is physically located in Vatican City, I can only assume that whoever that checks in with FOTM every day is someone from the Secretariat of State.
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8 years ago

Have definite information with regard to the factions within the College of Cardinals. Most Cardinals of the Eastern Catholic rites are known to be staunch liberals. My own cardinal is one.

8 years ago

Thank you so much for printing this clarification. Their announcement is one that disturbed me. I appreciate your follow up. I am a member of the Roman Catholic Church and am faith filled. I am honest in recognizing the corruption that can and will take place in any large organization but cringe to think of our leaders:spiritual and or civic as amoral, deceitful, and manipulative. Pray for all of our leaders.

8 years ago

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this wonderful post! I am also relieved, as I was most suspicious that Pope Benedict had not authorized this “Note.” It is amazing that Cardinal Bertone had not even read the document until after it was pubished! The author is in big trouble! And it is terrific to know that the Secretariat of State or even the Pope himself reads FOTM! You have done magnificent work, Dr. Eowyn!
(Maybe they have looked at some of my recipes. LOL)

8 years ago

Guess ol’ Turkson ain’t “papable” any more.

8 years ago

Take a good look at Cardinal Turkson! He’s part and parcel of a faction who are part of the Catholic Church subverted at Vatican I and II councils. He and those like him should be punished by the Vatican in a way that will let them know that Satan is not the leader of the Church. The Pope is. That this bozo and his faction did this sneaky act is an abomination. Evil people and deeds exist within the Church. I hope this madness can be stopped.

8 years ago

All these comments of “oh, gee, no one knew about this.. I’m glad the author is in big trouble..” — are the most naive statements with regards to how the world works. The VATICAN PUT OUT AN 18 PAGE DOCUMENT SAYING WE NEED TO HAVE A WORLD GOV’t and Central Bank of the World!! Because it’s a GOOD thing… And the retraction of this big news item that made headline news around the world was never shown to the world at all. If the Vatican really denounces this, then why is that not newsworthy? You have to go this blog… Read more »