Lift the Veil!!
Robert Moynihan: On the morning of October 11, Pope Benedict did something quite unusual: he spoke at length -- about 20 minutes -- without prepared remarks. So, in his words today, Benedict spoke from his heart. But very few, at least in the English-speaking world, have understood the full importance of what he said.
"We think of the great powers of the present day, of the anonymous financial interests which turn men into slaves, which are no longer human things, but are an anonymous power which men serve, by which men are tormented and even slaughtered. They [i.e., anonymous financial interests] are a destructive power, a power that menaces the world." —Pope Benedict XVI, Reflection after the reading of the office for the Third Hour in the Synod Aula, Vatican City, October 11, 2010.
"And then the power of the terrorist ideologies. Apparently in God's name, violence is done, but it is not God: they are false divinities, divinities that must be unmasked, that are not God." —Ibid., next sentence
"And then drug-trafficking, this power that, like a devouring beast, extends his hands towards every part of the earth and destroys: it is a divinity, but a false divinity, which must fall. Or also the way of life propagated by public opinion: today it is so, marriage is no longer important, chastity is no longer a virtue, and so forth. These ideologies that dominate, so much so that they impose themselves with force, are divinities. And in the suffering of the saints, in the suffering of believers, of the Mother Church of which we are a part, these divinities must fall, it must come to pass what the letters (of St. Paul) to the Colossians and to the Ephesians say: the dominations, the powers fall and become subject to the one Lord Jesus Christ." —Ibid., next sentence
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This morning the Pope attempted to "lift the veil" in a rather bold way on what is now occurring in our world.
An apocalypse (Greek: aποκaλυψις Apokálypsis; "lifting of the veil" or "revelation") is a revealing of something hidden from most of mankind in a time dominated by falsehood and misconception. In a certain sense, what Benedict spoke this morning was his "apocalypse" -- his "lifting of the veil" on the hidden truth behind the appearances and lies of our time.
And what did the Pope "reveal"?
He "revealed" the false "gods" of our age, the hidden "divinities" of our time, and he named several of these "false gods" from whom we must free ourselves if we are to turn to the one, true God: the world's anonymous financial interests, the promoters of terrorist violence, drug-traffickers.
He argued that all three of these groups are in the service of "false gods" -- divinities which must be "unmasked" if God's kingdom of justice and peace, the kingdom of the true divinity, is ever to reign on this earth.
Still, some early press accounts in English have not mentioned the Pope's denunciation of powerful, hidden, financial interests, focusing only on the Pope's denunciation of terrorist violence and drug-trafficking, so it is important to clarify this point.
The Pope denounced the entire array of "false gods" that threaten and oppress men and women today, and called for the "unmasking" of all these false "divinities."
And those "false gods," the Pope said, quite explicitly, include "anonymous financial interests (capitali anonimi) which enslave man (che schiavizzano l’uomo)."
So this report is an attempt to present the Pope's thought -- at this time of crisis in the world's financial system -- in a comprehensive, unbiased way.
We will attempt to "lift the veil" on "Benedict's apocalypse."
Robert Moynihan PhD edits Inside the