Years ago in private conversations with some close friends, among them my co-author on Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas, I offered the opinion that eventually the Papacy would either become captive to the trend to globaloney overtaking the West, or that it would find some mechanism by which to begin to re-establish actual political power to the institution. More recently, to another friend, I offered the speculation that this would be leveraged via calls for a role in a new central bank.
As readers of this site know, I blogged about the predecessor pope, Benedict XVI's, call for a global "moral consulting authority" with a rather jaundiced view. Now, Francis I, who on these matters seems to share Benedict's views, has come forward denouncing the "cult of money":
I suspect there are clues here as to how this goal might be leveraged, and typically, it will be through calls to help the poor. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for helping the poor, but usually when the powerful do this they only have in mind the aggrandizement of their own power. And try as it might, the papacy has a two millennium track record here, some of which it may be justifiably proud of, for the Roman Catholic Church does an enormous amount of charitable work and good in the world. But when it has held actual political and financial power, it, like all institutions, has also done an enormous amount of harm. Here the important thing to remember is that its claims have not changed, and thus, the danger will always remain.
But beyond this, I suggest there is a geopolitical context in which His Holiness's statements might be viewed. With the growing trend among the BRICSA nations to act as a geopolitical and financial counterpoise to the financial and imperial ambitions of the West, one inevitable thing that will happen is that a rapprochement may be in the works between that bloc and the Vatican. It would be to both their benefit: the Papacy in modern times has consistently sought an entry into China, and to come to some sort of modus vivendi with Eastern Orthodoxy, where the Russian Orthodox Church, the neo-papal claims of Constantinople notwithstanding, has the overwhelming numerical and political influence. And with Mr. Putin's attempts to shore up the domestic front, its role in the post-Soviet era, at least as a political and cultural outlet, has only grown. With China's recent overtures to Argentina - the Pope's homeland - and the attempt of BRICSA their influence, we can easily predict that one must watch this Pope very carefully, particularly with respect to Russia and China. A call for reform in behalf of the poor or underdeveloped, is tailor-made to the BRICSA agenda, especially given the unresponsiveness of the Western oligarchs to anyone but themselves.
See you on the flip side.