Pope Francis Wants A Communist Revolution and Global Governance
Pope Francis, the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, has been a controversial one so far. He is set to address congress on September 24th, the first Pope ever to do so. His speech will likely have the same themes as his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ released in May of this year (2015). In it, he made his concerns over climate change known, among other issues. His words and ideas reminded me of two infamous historical figures… Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. So I’ve mixed his quotes from Laudato Si’ with some Marx and Engels quotes. Can you guess who said what?
- The principle of the subordination of private property to the universal destination of goods, and thus the right of everyone to their use, is a golden rule of social conduct and “the first principle of the whole ethical and social order”.
- From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization.
- The Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute or inviolable, and has stressed the social purpose of all forms of private property.
- When, therefore, capital is converted into common property, into the property of all members of society, personal property is not thereby transformed into social property. It is only the social character of the property that is changed. It loses its class character.
- If we make something our own, it is only to administer it for the good of all.
- Free competition is necessary for the establishment of big industry, because it is the only condition of society in which big industry can make its way.
- All of this shows the urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution.
- National differences and antagonism between peoples are daily more and more vanishing, owing … to freedom of commerce, to the world market, to uniformity in the mode of production and in the conditions of life corresponding thereto.
- An integral ecology is inseparable from the notion of the common good, a central and unifying principle of social ethics.
- Society as a whole, and the state in particular, are obliged to defend and promote the common good.
- Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another.
- Revolutions are the locomotives of history.
- Ever since the beginning of [the 19th] century, the condition of industry has constantly fluctuated between periods of prosperity and periods of crisis; nearly every five to seven years, a fresh crisis has intervened, always with the greatest hardship for workers, and always accompanied by general revolutionary stirrings and the direct peril to the whole existing order of things.
- Men and women of our postmodern world run the risk of rampant individualism, and many problems of society are connected with today’s self-centred culture of instant gratification.
- Private property must, therefore, be abolished and in its place must come the common utilization of all instruments of production and the distribution of all products according to common agreement – in a word, what is called the communal ownership of goods.
- …in no way does [this system] allow for the radical change which present circumstances require.
- The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.
- The twenty-first century, while maintaining systems of governance inherited from the past, is witnessing a weakening of the power of nation states, chiefly because the economic and financial sectors, being transnational, tends to prevail over the political.
- Finally, when all capital, all production, all exchange have been brought together in the hands of the nation, private property will disappear of its own accord, money will become superfluous, and production will so expand and man so change that society will be able to slough off whatever of its old economic habits may remain.
- The limits which a healthy, mature and sovereign society must impose are those related to foresight and security, regulatory norms, timely enforcement, the elimination of corruption, effective responses to undesired side-effects of production processes, and appropriate intervention where potential or uncertain risks are involved.
- The English have all the material requisites for the revolution. What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour.
- In the face of possible risks to the environment which may affect the common good now and in the future, decisions must be made “based on a comparison of the risks and benefits foreseen for the various possible alternatives”.
- All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development
- The culture of consumerism, which prioritizes short-term gain and private interest, can make it easy to rubber-stamp authorizations or to conceal information.
- It is a universal revolution and will, accordingly, have a universal range.
- The time has come to accept decreased growth in some parts of the world, in order to provide resources for other places to experience healthy growth.
- The principle of the maximization of profits, frequently isolated from other considerations, reflects a misunderstanding of the very concept of the economy.
- Just as the peasants and manufacturing workers of the last century changed their whole way of life and became quite different people when they were drawn into big industry, in the same way, communal control over production by society as a whole, and the resulting new development, will both require an entirely different kind of human material.
- A strategy for real change calls for rethinking processes in their entirety, for it is not enough to include a few superficial ecological considerations while failing to question the logic which underlies present-day culture.
- Since the market tends to promote extreme consumerism in an effort to sell its products, people can easily get caught up in a whirlwind of needless buying and spending.
- Our concern cannot be limited merely to the threat of extreme weather events, but must also extend to the catastrophic consequences of social unrest. Obsession with a consumerist lifestyle, above all when few people are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction.
- If we can overcome individualism, we will truly be able to develop a different lifestyle and bring about significant changes in society.
- All Christian communities have an important role to play in ecological education.
- Our efforts at education will be inadequate and ineffectual unless we strive to promote a new way of thinking about human beings, life, society and our relationship with nature. Otherwise, the paradigm of consumerism will continue to advance, with the help of the media and the highly effective workings of the market.
- Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.
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With quotes like these, it is not surprising that the pope received a crucifix mounted on a hammer and sickle as a gift from Bolivia’s President. Not only does he seem to be calling for communism, but also for world government, as these excerpts from the encyclical illustrate:
“Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan.”
“A global consensus is essential for confronting the deeper problems, which cannot be resolved by unilateral actions on the part of individual countries.”
“International negotiations cannot make significant progress due to positions taken by countries which place their national interests above the global common good.”
“Enforceable international agreements are urgently needed, since local authorities are not always capable of effective intervention.”
“Global regulatory norms are needed to impose obligations and prevent unacceptable actions.”
“It is essential to devise stronger and more efficiently organized international institutions, with functionaries who are appointed fairly by agreement among national governments, and empowered to impose sanctions. As Benedict XVI has affirmed in continuity with the social teaching of the Church: ‘To manage the global economy; to revive economies hit by the crisis; to avoid any deterioration of the present crisis and the greater imbalances that would result; to bring about integral and timely disarmament, food security and peace; to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration: for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago’”