There is strange news out of the Vatican. These days, that's not really news, because we've seen a lot of strange stuff coming out of the Vatican since Vatican II, and since the pontificate of Jose Cardinal Bergoglio, a.k.a., Pope Francis I, even more so.
But this latest strangeness shared by S.D. is truly both downright strange in one way, and in another, more of the same in the galloping secularization of the Roman Church, and notably, it's Russia RT that's sharing the story:
A picture of a balcony of the papal palace in Vatican City starts the article, and I submit that in this case, a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, for clearly emblazoned on the balcony are the papal arms with the well-known no-longer-used papal tiara. The symbolism is immense, for the tiara represents the papal claims themselves. And flown above that tiara is the flag of the European Union.
The article puts it this way:
Pope Francis has approved a decree recognizing the “heroic virtues” of French politician Robert Schuman, known as an ‘architect’ of the EU. The official decision is one of the first steps to Schuman potentially becoming a saint.
Having served as France’s finance, foreign and prime minister after World War II, the statesman became best known for proposing economic unity among European nations in the so-called “Schuman Plan” of 1950, which eventually evolved into what is known today as the European Union. In the late 1950s, he served as the first president of what is now the European Parliament.
The Pope’s decree on Saturday declares the “heroic virtues” of the politician, who can now be considered and called “venerable” by the faithful of the Roman Catholic Church.
In other words, Schuman has been advanced to the first stage on the way to sainthood in the Roman Church, and notably, not for any particular evidence of sanctity:
Some social media users have questioned the news, apparently puzzled by the "mix" of politics and religion. Shuman’s actions were a “political success or political heroism but nothing to do with sainthood at all,” one Twitter user commented, while another expressed disappointment that religion could be “politicized like this.”
Well, politicization of Roman Catholicism is nothing new for the papacy, as any short reading of mediaeval history - or for that matter, the documents of Vatican II - will reveal.
Indeed, one of the hallmarks of the Vactican II documents is that many of them read like political documents, full of fluffy phrases and flannel-mouthed spin, and little by way of traditional expressions of the Roman Catholic faith...
...except when they talk about one thing: the papacy itself. There all the traditional language is maintained regarding papal claims, making it but a power structure having little to do with the other content of that faith. It's as if Vatican II is really saying that the one essential core element of that faith is simply submission to the papacy no matter how kooky or divorced from the rest of that faith its decrees may be. Those parts of Vatican II, in other words, could have been written by Boniface VIII whose mediaeval bull Unam Sanctam is about as clear an expression of papal claims one could want, and it's worth noting that the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, in none of its articles, mentions the necessity - pace Boniface VIII or Vatican II - of being "subject to" the "Roman pontiff." 'Nuff said...
So what's the play here?
What follows is, of course, high octane speculation. Years ago I wrote a four-volume theological tome, based on classes I had taught, called God, History, and Dialectic (available on Lulu). In the final chapter of that work in volume three, I argued that the papacy would be captured by "globalism" by dint of its own claims. Taking that as a template for today's speculation, I suspect that this is a "first step" to integrate the papacy not only into the EU political structure, but more importantly, into its financial structure. Schuman, after all, and as the article points out, was France's first post World war Two finance minister. The papacy's move, in other words, is a step toward giving papal sanction and recognition to the EU political and financial structure.
Or to put it more succinctly and bluntly, its a step in the direction of reintegrating the temple, and the bank, that I warned about in my books Babylon's Banksters and The Financial Vipers of Venice.
It's the integration of the papal tyranny, and all its claims, with the bureaucratic and financial centralization - tyranny - of the EU. Imagine for a moment the integration of the secrecy of the Vatican Bank, coupled with the papal claims, with the structures of the EU, and you get the picture.
Nothing good, in the long run, will come of it.
See you on the flip side...