When a church becomes a secular state with a government or even an army, one needs to ask if the organized religion is more devoted to a political entity, than a spiritual belief. A contemporary example could be the Iranian Mullahs, but for the definitive historic paradigm has been the Catholic Church. Catholic translates into universal. Notwithstanding, the crucial question that is traditionally avoided seeks to ask if the quid essential Christendom Church has operated more as an ingrained assemblage than a shepherd for saving souls.
In comparison to other religions, the Italian Stati Pontifici transacted in direct land acquisitions of visible temporal governmental administration. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, The Papal States provides a concise account of the development of Church political power.
“The Republic of St. Peter, or the Papal States, emerged in the mid-8th century as part of a broader political reconfiguration. Popes Gregory II (715–731) and Gregory III (731–741) turned away from the Byzantine Empire because of increased imperial taxation, the emperor’s policy of iconoclasm (prohibition of the veneration of religious images), and Constantinople’s failure to protect Rome adequately. When the Lombards threatened to take over the whole peninsula in the 750s, Pope Stephen II (or III; 752–757) appealed for aid to the Frankish ruler Pippin III (the Short), who “restored” the lands of central Italy to the Roman see, ignoring the claim of the Byzantine Empire to sovereignty there. This Donation of Pippin (756) provided the basis for the papal claim to temporal power. In the same year, by the Treaty of Pavia, the Lombard king Aistulf ceded territory in northern and central Italy. It was probably also about this time that the Donation of Constantine was forged by an unknown cleric in Rome. A legitimate donation by Charlemagne and decrees by Louis the Pious and his son Lothar I confirmed and expanded early Carolingian grants of territory to the papacy. The pope consequently became ruler of the area around Ravenna, the Pentapolis (along the Adriatic Sea from Rimini to Ancona), and the Roman region.”
As with most governments, engaging in warfare became a stable in the expansion and safeguard of wealth and power. Wars of the Papacy and the Papal States reference:
“From the Middle Ages to the birth of the modern Italian State in the 1870s, the men who served as the leaders of the Catholic Church held not only a spiritual and religious authority, but also a very real and temporal political and military power as the rulers and princes of a unique European state known as the Papal States. As rulers engaged in geopolitical and military disputes, coalitions, and negotiations, the Popes also waged war, signed treaties, and took part in all of the intrigue associated with European princes and kings of that time period.”
Read the long list (cited by this source) of conflicts over the centuries to appreciate the involvements stemming from a political power government.
Flash forward to the actual creation of the Vatican City model that continues to this day. The same Encyclopædia Britannica continues.
“In 1929 Vatican City’s independent sovereignty was recognized by the Fascist Italian government in the Lateran Treaty. Sovereignty is exercised by the pope upon his election as the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He has absolute executive, legislative, and judicial powers within the city. In 1984 a major reshuffle of offices in the Roman Curia resulted in the delegation of the routine administration of Vatican City to a pontifically appointed commission of five cardinals headed by the Secretariat of State. The inhabitants of Vatican City, the majority of whom are priests and nuns, also include several hundred laypersons engaged in secretarial, domestic, trade, and service occupations.
Special extraterritorial privileges are extended to more than 10 other buildings in Rome and to Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence in the Alban Hills. In addition, Vatican City maintains embassies in numerous foreign nations.”
With all this as background, the 1929 emergence of Vatican City’s independence, initiated active foreign policy involvements into world affairs that are just as rooted in intrigue and deception as those from the previous millenniums.
It is hard to avoid the endless viewpoints that the Holy See conspiracy is at the core of the New World Order. While many are worthy of an in-depth review, the obvious interventions are more than enough of reoccurring political intercessions. Dealing as an above criticism figure of State force, the Popes wheel back door influence that few ordinary governments can muster.
Why does the international community pursue a diplomatic negotiation when most other religious denominations are treated as photo ops in a love feast of ecumenical promotions? Is it that the Vatican is that much more overwhelming in global authority to ignore or does the answer lie within the prominent expanse of influential officials, who proclaim to be members of the Catholic congregations?
These are temporal questions. The spiritual side of the coin usually take a back seat when it comes to tearing down the Soviet Empire or chiming in on income disparities. As most believers understand and voiced in God and Jesus, Politics and Government,
“Jesus said that his “kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). That marvelous statement still leaves an important question unanswered: As long as we live in this world, what kind of civil government is right for humankind? The Bible does not contain an explicit blueprint for government. It does, however, provide abundant guidance and clear precepts for moral conduct in our thoughts and deeds that should influence our politics. Liberty, justice, charity, right, and wrong are dominant themes throughout the Bible. The political challenge is to get them in the right balance. In I Samuel, chapter 8, it is plain that the highest form of government would be for the people to follow God’s laws, and that any human ruler (and by extension, human government in general) will be prone to abusing the people under its authority.”
If this assessment is correct, what is the explanation when Vatican City ignores the Biblical inspiration of prophecy and substitutes their version of a temporal rooted political system? Kingship in a globalist world order under the mandate of human extinction weaponry does not reflect the Metaphysic of the Son of God. All of recorded history establishes an undeniable record that peace and justice has never been achieved under a government, in this world.
The more that the Vatican extends their proclaimed moral authority upon wicked governments by becoming a co-conspirator to advance the globalism political agenda, the further it betrays the gospel message of their divine savior. The essential question for Catholic defenders of their Pontiff, especially the current one; boils down to by what teaching of Christ can the Church assert that justifies the imposition of a temporal political government?
“Upon this rock I will build my Church”, cannot be expanded into rationalizing the suspect Just War Theory founded upon the thinking of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. The crucial element when invoked freed the armed conflicts that are central to the chronicles of Europe.
“The first thing is the authority of the prince by whose command the war is to be waged. It does not belong to a private person to start a war, for he can prosecute his claim in the court of his superior. In like manner the mustering of the people, that has to be done in wars, does not belong to a private person. But since the care of the commonwealth is entrusted to princes, to them belongs the protection of the common weal of the city, kingdom, or province subject to them. And as they lawfully defend it with the material sword against inward disturbances by punishing male-factors, so it belongs to them also to protect the commonwealth from enemies without by the sword of war.”
The forbidden history of western civilization is replete with armies blessed by religious prayers that ignored the Good News within the gospels. The Papal States wars, in true tradition of blood shedding carnage, had no similarity to the sacrifice made on Calvary.
The religious wars that followed the Protestant Reformation were fundamentally about temporal authority. The universality in the Catholic convention did not shine in the brightest light during this period of conflict. When governments go to war against their perceived heretics, the slaughter is often intense. However, when a religious sect itself becomes a government, seldom will forgiveness follow the ending of hostilities.
In this Transhumanism era, the forces of satanic science confront the basic decadency of the human spirit. The Vatican City creed needs to forgo its governmental secular interactions with the international community and reestablish the preaching of Christ’s teachings. The horrors of an apocalyptic future can only be avoided by divine intervention.
The Catholic Church needs to rediscover the original meaning within the gospels of Jesus Christ. Institutional precedent must not be confused with divine doctrine. Government will never redeem the Cain killing Abel sin.
SARTRE – August 1, 2017