“Money Has To Serve, Not Rule!” – Pope Francis Is Right

17 May

From the Age (my emphasis added):

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Vatican City: Pope Francis has denounced the global financial system, blasting the “cult of money” that he says is tyrannising the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods.

In his first major speech on the subject, Francis demanded Thursday that financial and political leaders reform the global financial system to make it more ethical and concerned for the common good. He said: “Money has to serve, not to rule!”

I suggest that, if ‘Frank’ is frank about his rhetoric, that he begin by carefully, prayerfully, and conscientiously reexamining ‘his’ church’s teaching, right back through its entire history, on the key question of Usury.

He might like to purchase Michael Hoffman’s “Usury In Christendom: The Mortal Sin that Was, and Now Is Not” to save him spending an eternity in research purgatory.

When ‘Frank’ humbly recognises that he, along with all his preceding “Infallible’s” since the Renaissance, are — by practice and decree of the church in its first millennia and a half — all flagrant heretics on the question of Usury, then this blogger might begin to take his preaching seriously.

In the meantime, I will continue pontificating my own “vision” for an alternative “money” system. One that would indeed “reform the global financial system to make it more ethical and concerned for the common good” -

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16 Responses to ““Money Has To Serve, Not Rule!” – Pope Francis Is Right”

  1. Kevin Moore May 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    THE LOVE OF MONEY IS A ROOT OF ALL EVIL

    http://www.examiner.com/article/pope-francis-determined-to-restore-the-credibility-of-the-roman-catholic-church
    ————-
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/18/1187776/-The-Vatican-Bank-and-Money-Laundering

    “………….Also during the first half of 2012, the Vatileaks scandal disclosed embarrassing confidential documents, some from the pope’s own office, which were given to the Italian press. “Those in the know believe that the real core of the scandal is a power struggle over control of the Vatican’s finances,” reported Spiegel. The AIF had been give authority over all Vatican bureaus. For the first time, department heads had someone looking over their shoulder as to how they spent their funds and they didn’t like it. Conflicts arose over who had authority over whom and how transparent the IOR and other financial units should become.
    Several leaks focused on Vatican finances, charging corruption and cronyism. They:
    • Styled the Vatican Bank as a rogue “offshore bank,” including purportedly “encrypted” and “secret” accounts;
    • Raised questions about the Vatican’s willingness to cooperate with international regulators trying to track suspect transactions;
    • Exposed internal debates over whether a new Vatican financial watchdog agency is actually toothless.
    The documents had been given to Gianluigi Nuzzi, trusted by some Vatican insiders because of his book, Vatican S.p.A. Nuzzi collected the latest documents into another book, His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Pope Benedict XVI, pubished in the beginning of May 2012. In addition to the above, the book also disclosed the IOR laundering about $280 million on behalf of the Mafia.
    According to Nuzzi, one of his informants told him, “The truth emerging in the newspapers and the official discourse within the Holy See was so different, the hypocrisy reigned supreme, and the scandals were multiplying. I’m not talking only about the pedophilia and murder cases like the killing of the Swiss Guard and the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, but about money laundering, corruption, and threats.”
    On May 24, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was fired via a blistering statement to the press written by IOR council member Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, former member of the Reagan administration and representing the American plutocracy at the Vatican Bank……….”

    • The Blissful Ignoramus May 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      If he is at all serious about cleaning house, then he’d best be watchful – David Yallop’s book on the short-lived (literally) John Paul I is instructive.

  2. mick May 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    Ain’t idealism wonderful.

    You only have to meet some of those who ‘have’ to very quickly understand that GREED is at the heart of where money is going and what it does. Whilst we would all want a fairer world you have to realise that average voters are easily led and rarely, if ever, stand up to the culprits….politicians of all persuasion who pervert the landscape and sell out average citizens for the benefit of those who are really in charge.

    So sit back and enjoy the ride because it isn’t going to change any time soon.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus May 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      “So sit back and enjoy the ride…”

      I think what you meant to say was, “Bend over, grab your ankles and …” — right?

      • mick May 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

        Good description. That is what the so called ‘intelligent’ Australian population does. The clever country? Don’t get me started.

        • Kevin Moore May 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

          Mick

          You may like this

          http://www.youtube.com/embed/_A4s4XoPxMg?feature=player_detailpage

          • mick May 18, 2013 at 12:00 am #

            Very biased Kevin and clearly a lot of hate in the clip.

            Personally I don’t support either side of politics and I see how Labor has gotten many of its supporters offside. I dislike some of the choices Labor has made and the inexcusable behaviour.

            I don’t want to appear to be supporting Labor (I don’t) but there are issues which need to be addressed if we are to survive as a species. Whilst the carbon trading scheme was never going to work (I prefer the Abbott direct action plan if this really exists given Abbott’s “Climate Change Crap” comments,) doing nothing because other deadbeat nations refuse to act is a one way ticket to extinction. So is continued population growth.

            Sadly the alternative, a Liberal government will be no better. Abbott’s has repeatedly stated that he will: return the mining tax (to mega wealthy miners who are taking 80% of the profits over seas); repeal the carbon tax (so that coal miners can continue on business as normal) and further reduce an already over generous company tax rate (so that the richest amongst us can pay less tax than the pittance they already pay). You see how the wind is blowing here.

            So whilst I get the point may I suggest that if you need a political ‘suggestion’ Kevin then vote Independent or minor party. That way you let the bastards know what you think of them (yes….you will need to watch the preferences). I guess the only real response is that we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t.

            Sorry but I don’t subscribe to hate campaigns as this leads to places where this nation has never been. Better to resolve via the ballot box. The only real problem is that we have country of dumb voters who either don’t give a rats because they don’t trust politicians (understood) or are so apathetic that they’ll vote for somebody based on their photo as they enter the polling station.

            In God we trust.

            • Kevin Moore May 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

              Mick,

              I have never come across anyone whom I could trust to represent me. In God I trust!

              The only difference between Liberal and Labor is that the Liberals do it slower.

            • mick May 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

              Touche. You forgot to add who the liberal side of politics represents….and it ain’t average Australians. This will be obvious if Abbott gets in because he has already stated what the first 2 decrees he intends making will be. It will be interesting if he does not control the Upper House though.

      • Entertainment July 24, 2013 at 10:47 am #

        Blissful Ignoramus:
        “Pope Francis” wants to discipline us, perhaps? Shaping us for the next phase, replacing the money system with the non-accruable energy credit system?

        Here’s “Pope Francis” in another role, as Jonathan Pryce, actor, playing Master Schoenmacker. Quite the disciplinarian, wouldn’t you say?
        http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-penCNv4mUL4/TcsnfBpiwHI/AAAAAAAAb1E/Q-BLxZga7Wk/s1600/jonathan%2Bpryce.jpg
        from
        http://enchantedserenityperiodfilms.blogspot.jp/2011/05/confessions-of-ugly-stepsister-2002.html

  3. Kevin Moore May 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    http://one-evil.org/lexica/en/define/usury.html

    From 13th Century Latin usuria/usura “the sin of lending money at interest ” outside the control of the Roman Cult.
    From earlier Latin us “foreigners” and orare “to plead, beg, pray”. Prior to the 13th Century there is no comparitive concept as the claim of money lending being a sin was original to the Roman Catholic Cult in devising a plan to control global banking and finance–essential to trade since the beginning of Empires by outlawing all competition, excluding Jewish merchants bonded to the service of the Vatican.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus May 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      “the claim of money lending being a sin was original to the Roman Catholic Cult in devising a plan to control global banking and finance”

      I cannot say that I would agree with this, Kevin.

      • mick May 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

        If money lending is a sin then the Catholic Church must be the devil. It is a huge financial organisation which has been shown to be corrupt to the core. I really don’t know how catholics can profess to be Christians in this organisation as it is more like a road show than a place where God can be found. I know because I worked in the organisation for 15 years. And what has been coming out the past few is more fuel on what is an already big fire.

        Is it any wonder that people have left the church?

        • The Blissful Ignoramus May 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

          “If money lending is a sin then the Catholic Church must be the a devil.”

          Now that I can agree with. And the rest of this comment, actually.

          • mick May 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

            My comment may not be too popular amongst believers but then even Jesus (no comparison) did not tolerate the pharisees and scribes and had contempt at what the clergy of the day had done to the places of worship. Is it any different today? I dare say not at all.

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