World Affairs Brief, December 14, 2012 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World. Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief (


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Conservative Catholics are concerned about yet another indication by the Pope that he supports world government. As the AP noted, “Pope Benedict XVI, has called for the establishment of World Government and a New World Order. In a speech made at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on Monday December 3 2012, the Pope called for the ‘construction of a world community, with a corresponding authority,’ to serve the ‘common good of the human family’ [dangerous words without proper conditions and limitations].”

The Pope limited his call to a “moral force” or moral authority that has the “power to influence in accordance with reason, that is, a participatory authority, limited by law in its jurisdiction.” this is a bit naive. I know of no modern example of world government proposals or existing regional governments like the EU where the proponents are amenable to strict limits in law or jurisdiction that would satisfy the demands of American constitutionalists that demand individual liberty.

The AP also noted that “These latest remarks made by the Pope and the Catholic Church come as no surprise considering that in 2010 the Catholic Church sought the establishment of a new Central World Bank that would be responsible for regulating the global financial industry and the international money supply”…. [as well as] “a supranational authority” which would have worldwide scope and “universal jurisdiction” to guide and control global economic policies and decisions. The proposed body (World Government) would not be a superpower [pretty naive], concentrated in the hands of a few, which would dominate all peoples, exploiting the weakest.”

Those are all socialist catchwords (exploitation, concentrations of power in the hands of a few, etc). But his vision is clearly a dangerous step into the future. Once you give supranational authority to a body and a crisis arises where it lacks enforcement power, the natural step is to grant it regulatory, taxation, police and military powers. That’s how you get to a militarized and ugly New World Order. The crisis they will provoke is a world war.