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Vic Biorseth, OWM; Saturday,
March 22, 2014
I took so much heat from so many of you who did not want to be identified after publishing Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, and Evangelizing for World Communism that the subject matter demanded a whole lot more of my attention. So be it. You said I should carefully apply the "hermeneutic of continuity" and look into what had gone before on the topic. I did that; and the deeper I got into it the more it seemed that the "hermeneutic of suspicion" might be more appropriately applied here.
This is getting scary.
To be clear, no new doctrine has been declared, and the Sacred Deposit remains untouched, and - in my inexpert judgment - all that Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Paul VI have done is offer moral recommendations or opinions regarding Global Redistribution of Private Property.
But Bishops, Priests and Laymen might read their words and carry them out through political action, to the detriment of the principle of private property and the rule of civil law.
Remember, before America invented the rule of law, all that the world ever knew was the rule of men. The civil ruler was the civil law personified. The ruler made the law, and was not subject to it. America changed all that. The Magna Carta softened that rule, but did not eliminate it. The ruler still made the law, and some people were still above the law, and still are, everywhere else.
We (America) are a nation of laws, not of men, and here all men, including all representative government officials, are subject to the exact same law, and stand equal to every other citizen before the exact same law.
The rest of the world has not adopted the American model of
rule-of-law; quite the opposite. Most of the rest of the civilized world is
sliding deeper and deeper into variants of Marxist Socialism.
Throughout World History, world politics have always, even to this very day, involved either the threat or the application of direct brute military force. Nothing has ever changed, regarding that simple historical Geo-political fact, and it will not change, until the world ends. Those who believe that human society has somehow "evolved" into something higher, and that war is forever behind us, have been or are being fooled by someone.
Evil rules this world.
Whatever limited peace the world has known, since the end of the last World War, is less due to any "social evolution" than to the very real threat of the application of American military force against any aggressor nation or alliance of nations.
Western European nations have been allowed to be "peacefully mesmerized" into Socialism without being militarily conquered by someone because of American military defense, not because of their own military defense. Most other nations can no longer project any serious military power very much beyond their own borders, let alone take it to the enemy, which just happens to be the only possible way to win any war. They have allowed themselves to become, militarily, dependent, even as, internally, they slowly become more Marxist, and softened up for eventual Marxist revolution.
It's happening here, too.
The collapse of the Soviet Union did not mark the collapse of the Marxist Ideology. It was an economic collapse; it was not a political or ideological collapse. The politics of Russia have not changed at all. Russia remains Communist. So does China. Economic concessions to "Capitalism", i.e., somewhat freer markets and somewhat limited tolerance of private property, does not change the rigid Communist nature of the government. If anything, it leans now more toward Fascistic or National Socialist than old time Communist. It's still Marxist, and it still calls itself Communist. The rulers are still typical Marxist dictators at the top, commanding the same old gigantic hierarchy of apparatchiks, administrators and petty bureaucrats controlling all the mundane details of citizen life.
All the Soviet economic collapse proved was that collectivization and redistribution of private property ultimately fails as a controlled economic "system" of man. We all knew that, or we all should have known that. Economics cannot be successfully engineered by man. The free market - i.e., Capitalism - cannot even exist as a controlled system of man. To whatever degree any part of it is controlled - prices, wages, interest rates, labor, management, private property, profit, etc. - to that same degree does it cease to be a free market - i.e., Capitalism.
The market is either free or not; it is either Capitalist or it is not.
So I read Evangelii Gaudium, and the related Rush Limbaugh brouhaha, and I wrote the Evangelizing for World Communism webpage. Amid the flurry of arguments prompted by that page was a critique of Bishop Conley of Lincoln Nebraska's defense of Evangelii Gaudium published in National Review Online, and a quick flurry of new treatments of "unfettered" Capitalism, Trickle-Down and Social Justice, all from the lowly American citizen's point of view.
Then, while writing the Objective Reality of God page, through one of you, I became aware of the Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand interview published in Latin Mass Magazine, and I included it in that new webpage. It raised serious questions, at least in my tiny little mind, about whether Pope Paul VI might somehow be involved or entangled in Marxism. Read it yourself and see what you think.
Anyway, in the spirit of pursuing the "hermeneutic of continuity" I looked up and read the whole of Benedict XVI's Caritas in veritate in more detail, since I had previously written Opposing the Pope on Globalism fairly strongly criticizing it. Maybe I had misread it or misinterpreted it. Let me quote what bothers me about it here.
I really don't know what else to say. I was right the first time. None of this is even practical. Presence or absence of "natural resources" or even "industrial development" in any given nation have little or nothing to do with it; it is the nature of the standing government of the people that has everything to do with it. If the citizenry enjoy
they will prosper on their own. One case that proves the point is explained at the beginning of the Population Problem page. It involved Hong Kong, with a higher population density than Bangladesh, and with less natural resources than Bangladesh, and yet it rather quickly made of itself the economic tiger of the Pacific Rim, while Bangladesh languished and suffered.
It's the government, and the governance. Nothing else. What seems to be not recognized here is the principle of Human Capital. If the government will get out of the way and allow the citizen to do what he is naturally inclined to do, he will prosper. Get out of the licensing, regulating, heavy taxing, restricting, etc., and let the fisherman fish, and let the farmer farm, and let the rancher ranch, and let the merchant sell, and people will feed themselves, their families, and sell the excess, creating profit = a penny saved = wealth = private property.
Natural resources are nearly everywhere, but most people are not allowed by their own governments to find it, prospect for it, drill for it, mine it, produce it, refine it, etc., and so they don't . Is that their fault, or their government's fault? Under Marxism, the government does everything, the people are totally dependent upon the government, and so they are transformed into mere mouths to feed rather than human capital, who will produce something on their own.
Perhaps some of our Popes have bought into some of the Beautiful Lies of Marxism, chief among them the Marxist incitement to Class Warfare disguised as Social Justice. That's the really big one. But here's the thing:
Especially the Equality Stupidity. Marx's real goal, which is the attainment of absolute dictatorial power, is laid out in Refuting Marx. Everything in his Manifesto is nothing but a recruitment drive to assemble Useful Idiots and Agent Provocateurs to bring about an eventual violent ascendency to dictatorship. It is a diabolically clever Machiavellian plan refined by the Hegelian Dialectic, and it has been effectively seducing and recruiting fellow travelers since publication in 1848. The overwhelming majority of these fellow travelers are soft hearted moral men who seek to uplift the downtrodden, and who don't have the first clue or the foggiest notion about what they are getting themselves, and their nation, and the world, into.
The American Founding Fathers and the Framers of the American Constitution saw this potential long before the Communist Manifesto was written. I will quote some of them here, from the Beautiful Lies page:
Now, none of that is to say that America as a nation, and Americans as citizens, have not been charitable. It is probably fair to say that we have been more charitable than any other people on earth. But that's the point: our charity comes from our Judeo-Christian morality, and that morality is the first target of attack by the influence of all the Marxists among us, and now ruling us.
Comrade Putin now touts himself, or has himself touted as a Christian, of all things. He makes speeches and passes laws condemning such things as sodomy and abortion, even as our own President and Secretary of State promote, champion and sponsor those abominations, both at home and abroad, except in Islamic lands. And so Putin - the Atheistic-Communist dictator of Russia - is seen by the world to be the new world moral leader, opposing the obvious decadence of the West, represented by our own sitting government, which is now probably just as much Marxist as he is. And just as immoral.
Putin has his press propaganda-wing, just as Obama does. But Putin also has the support of his Russian Orthodox Church, which has been a Communist instrument since the early days of the Soviet Union. It is easy for him to play holier-than-thou to Obama, as they both strut their stuff before the moron voters of the world.
Islam presents another threat, as yet another ideology of world conquest. It is similar to Marxism in that it has global ambitions. It is more than a religion; in fact, in my opinion, the religion part of it is a sham. Islam is a political ideology and a constantly evolving military strategy for global conquest. Again, as in World War II, Islam is aligning with Atheistic Marxism in an uneasy temporary alliance, under the ancient maxim "The enemy of my enemy is my friend". They will settle with each other later, after the West is conquered.
The Koran leaves no way around world conquest. The "disciple" is instructed to convert the infidel, subjugate the infidel, or kill the infidel, and to make war until the whole world is forced into the House of Islam.
Satan's most successful demons in the destruction of the souls of men have been Mohammed and Marx.
Seeing Communist Redistribution-ism in the writings of multiple Popes is shocking. More than anything else, it makes me angry; I can't help it. These are towering intellects; they are easily among the most brilliant of all of their contemporaries. Just read their writings; they are quite obviously brilliant. Being fooled - being sucked in - is precisely what is not supposed to happen to a brilliant intellectual.
Is there any hope for mankind, if our best and brightest are so easily recruited into the fellowship of all Marxist "fellow travelers"?
When Christ comes again, what will He find?
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Date: Sat Mar 22 21:01:22 2014
This looks like Obama and Putin are competitors but before you said they were
"in cahoots" and practically partners in crime. Which is it?
Date: Sun Mar 23 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
I did surmise that, and I still do, following the pattern of how Hitler and Stalin were early on "in cahoots" and secretly partners in crime. The common goal of Obama, Putin, all of Marxism and all of Islam is to bring the West down. Obama and Putin were made for each other; it's a match made in hell. It would not surprise me in the least to find out, years from now, that today they are merely play-acting on the world stage for each other's benefit. Assuming they are successful, eventually, one of them will eat the other.
Date: Sun Mar 23 12:31:58 2014
Location: Wyoming, Pa
Regarding the words of Benedict XVI in his Caritas in Veritate (Selfless love in Truth) I can understand your concern.
As I see it, the TROUBLE starts from Benedict's opening statement at item 36: "Economic activity cannot solve all social problems through the simple application of commercial logic." I ask "Who said it was supposed to?" and the answer is "No one". (Well maybe Karl Marx, but he had a very different agenda.) This of course is a Straw Man fallacy. It begins with an innocuous sounding statement pointed slightly away from the straight path to truth, and the argument only continues to diverge more and more from truth unless one stops, backtracks, and begins again in the right direction.
But the PROBLEM as I see it is this: Benedict is pontificating on specific things that are wrong with the world when he should be evangelizing on specific things that are right within the New Covenant. A pope's job is not to weave words, but to speak truth. Any pope who rambles on and on about the sins of the world begins to sound more like a mendicant instead of a confident leader of the Church. Jesus never rambled, He got straight to the point and never wavered. The pope might do well to stick constantly applying the words of Christ and the words of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. Lord knows we all need to be continually reminded.
Since Benedict was speaking in the context selfless love, or caritas, I think he means that selfless love ought to be the motive for all human activity. This of course is an ideal and not of this world. If selfless love was man’s default motivation, man would have no need of redemption. Benedict uses most often "politics", not "government" although he does use the word "State". Based on the context I think Benedict refers to politics as "a set of beliefs or principles of a group" rather than as a “specific action by a particular government”. "State" then, would be the culmination of power that stems from the practice of selfless love.
Somehow, I feel suddenly the need to sing "Kumbaya”.
Date: Sun Mar 23 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
I hear you, and I agree. Perfection is not of this world, but the next. That old, old, old axiom still applies. The "draw" of the Maxist lie is that it promises to make the world perfect.
We are supposed to concentrate on pointing the way to heaven rather than trying to perfect the earth. However, while here, we also have to deal with real, actual, physical as well as spiritual enemies. History shows that many of them will kill the body and the soul, if we let them.
But only if we let them.
Hang in there buddy.
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014
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Papal Imperfection Pages.
While Popes enjoy the charism of Infallibility when teaching on faith and morals, as established in the unchanging Deposit of Faith, they remain human, and imperfect, as was Peter and the original Apostles. Popes can err when not teaching on faith and morals, and whenever speaking on matters outside the Deposit of Faith. Two of these areas, particularly troubling in these days, involve Papal favor shown to areas of Godless Marxist ideology, and to the belligerent, invasive, domineering and menacing false religion of Islam.
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Red Pope Francis and the KGB's Liberation Theology. The Russian KGB developed "Liberation Theology" as another path to Global Revolution. Pope Francis may be a victim of it, or, he may be a perpetrator of it.
Vatican War: Are we witnessing a Papal Melt Down? Pope Francis and the "Spirit Of Vatican II" Cardinals now openly attacking Orthodox Cardinals in the now open-to-public-view Vatican War.
On the Question of Papal Deposability. Asking whether Bishops may actually Depose a Pope for Heresy. Is there even such a thing as Papal Deposability?
Dubiosity (my word) in Francis' Papacy: The Five Dubia. Pope Francis feeds Papal Dubiosity through indecisiveness, vague language and official pronouncements left open to wildly varying interpretation.
Pope Francis and the deepening and worsening Catholic Civil War. Letter asking Pope Francis to step down: Can we really do that? Has it been done before? And is Pope Francis even Catholic?
There is No Hell, because Pope Francis said so. Right? "No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!" --Pope Francis
Popephobia: A Catholic Mental Disorder. (I think I have it.) Popephobia is related to American Obamaphobia, and German Merkelphobia. They are all closely related social disorders. (Could they be a Social WMD?)
The Blind Guides leading Western Civilization toward the pit of Human Barbarity. "Establishment" Party Members and "Establishment" USCCB Bishops are not all Evil Traitors; most of them are Deceived Blind Guides.
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Loosey-Goosey Theology, Wishy-Washy Leadership, and Anything Goes Culture. Pope Francis' Exhortation, Obamunist Cultural Diversity, LGBTQP+ "Sophisticated" Social Engineering, and "Whatever" Global Culture.
Why Did Vatican II Ignore Communism? The veil of mystery over the Council’s omitting any reference to Communism has gradually been lifted
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The Smoke of Satan is in the Church in America; has it reached the Vatican too? The Smoke of Satan conceals the true object of the Progressive Agenda.
On the "inevitability" of a Perfect Global Government in a "New World Order". Is this "New World Order" idea divinely inspired, or is it the ongoing work of Satan?
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, and Evangelizing for World Communism. Evangelii Gaudium started out on Catholic Evangelism, but ended up Evangelizing World Communism.
The Treacherous Global Delusions of Marxism-Leninism. Is Pope Francis a duped "Useful Idiot" of Marxism, is he Delusional, or is he actually In On It?
Musings on the deep treachery of the most trusted among us. Deep Treachery: Were they all deceiving us from the beginning, or did they somehow "turn" after being raised to positions of trust?
Crony-Catholicism? Really? The USCCB is advancing Obamunism? Say it ain't so, Joe! It's bad enough that we now have so many Marxified Bishops, but now they actually act against the faith?
Cliff Kincaid interviewed Vic on TV about Pope Francis and his Marxism. Addressing Marxist and Islamic ideology creeping into Catholicism.
If Francis is a Communist Pope, how does that affect Catholic Faith and Morals? Exploring the links between Comrade Obama (peace be upon him), Pope Francis and Communist Cuba.
Roman Catholic Marxism? Excuse me? Who is evangelizing whom? Roman Catholic Marxism explores the Politics of Private property v. Collective property (i.e., Marxist Redistributionism.)
On the Vague Anti Authoritarianism of Pope Francis And the Relationship between Vague Anti Authoritarianism in High Places and Moral Depravity in Culture
Do we have an anti-American Pope? A Pro-Obama, Anti-Capitalist, Redistributionist, Utopian, Pro-Illegal Alien, quite consistently Anti-American, Pope Francis?
Delusional Pope Francis, molding world culture into one undefinable hodgepodge. Does the Pope want International Communism, or just a border-less, all inclusive, nonsensical, global non-culture?
The Religion Politics Nexus: If the Religion is not true, Politics become evil. For Martin Luther, Politics drove Religion. For Pope Francis, Religion drives Politics. Or does it?
Pope Francis just said WHAT? Excuse me? Can anyone out there help me reconcile what Pope Francis just said with Catholic Revealed Truth?
Marxists running the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Social Science? Died in the wool Marxists in the Vatican's P.A.S.S. No wonder Pope Francis favors the Socializing Frauds of "Sustainable Development", "Climate Change", etc.
Disorder and Confusion from the White House. And from the Vatican, too? The growing disorder in Obama's America, and in Pope Francis' Catholic Church.
Pope Francis receives an Open Letter calling for his Papal Resignation. "Year of Mercy" begins with an Open Letter: An Urgent Appeal to Pope Francis to Either Change Course or Renounce the Petrine Office.
Globalist Pope Francis' Marxist Program to End All Sovereign Nations. Our Globalist Pope leads the attack on all National Sovereignty to bring an end to all national borders in favor of Total Global Disorder, ostensibly for the good of the Planet and the Poor.
Looking more closely at Pope Francis' chosen Papal Pals. If a critter walks like a duck, talks like a duck and is constantly seen in the company of other ducks, the logical conclusion is that he most probably is a duck.
Globalist Stupidassism in the Vatican. Globalist Fraud after Hoax after Scam, all promoted in the Pontifical Academy of Science and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences "Workshop on Biological Extinction."
On the new (to me) heresy of Popalitry. False belief that a Pope can do no wrong leads to Pope Worship.
Do we have a Diabolically Controlled Pope? Every time he opens his mouth, he makes himself a fool.
The Dubia Aftermath shows that Pope Francis still doesn't get it. Non-response to the Dubia means a Warning; non-response to that means a second Warning, and finally, a non-Pope Council to depose the Pope.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
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