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Appeal to Pope Francis: "Give Clear Response" to anti-Church Attack
The speech is from the report of the UN Children's Rights Committee 5th of last February. If it were actually "just" an industrial accident, you could sit back, as it seems all do at the Vatican. But this is not so, why not at least someone isn't sitting back. On Tuesday, Giuliano Ferrara was in the columns of the daily newspaper Il Foglio with an open letter, a Plea to Pope Francis, from whom he calls for "a stronger, clearer answer" ... "which combines the power of faith with the resources of rational culture, which is common to all, believers and non-believers." If you look at the names of those intellectuals who have signed the appeal, it quickly becomes clear that the concern of Ferrara is shared not only by many Catholics but also many secularists.[!]
"Inadequate Response" of the Holy See
Among the signatories of the new appeal to Pope Francis is also the chief editor of the Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, Riaccardo Cascioli: "I too have signed up, because I consider the official response of the Holy See as deficient: deficient in its content and worrying in its form."
Consider the first point of criticism: the substance is deficient. Even the Wall Street Journal noted that the attack against the freedom of religion by an agency of the United Nations is unprecedented, but the new Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin (whose official Cardinal survey will follow on 22 February) seems to want to play down the matter. If you read the report of the UN Children's Rights Committee , you quickly realize that the keyword pedophilia, which is also presented with fantasy figures and notes of out-dated facts, only a pretext to attack the Church on a very different, much larger field (see own report, the UN Children's Committee: How the Church Should "Change" -- Abortion, Gay Marriage, Gender Ideology ).
The committee is expecting the Catholic Church even to change their "interpretation" of Scripture and their own teaching on family, abortion, contraception and homosexuality, even their understanding of man. A presumption of an international panel without equal. An incident which can not be simply dismissed as inconsequential individual case of a somewhat extremist Commission, which one graciously overlooks and acts as if nothing had happened.
To understand the significance of the incident, one must first of all have a clear idea of how the UN system works. The majority of real political power in the world today is in the hands of the UN agencies. That may sound strange to most people, because the real shifts in power from national states to international level is hardly noticed by the public and the international institutions whether EU or the UN are also not interested in getting too much to put people on notice.
But who are these UN agencies? They range from the World Bank Group on the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to the High Commissioner for Refugees United Nations (UNHCR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to UNFPA United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and many other more. In total there are more than 40 such UN agencies that deal with practically everything. To these facilities the commissions and committees as well are added, which are mandated to monitor compliance with international conventions. This includes the "somewhat extremist" UN Children's Rights Committee .
Who are these UNO-agencies? In particular, there is a strong presence in the various member states, especially in developing countries. And especially by large financial resources that they have available and to exercise on individual governments, although they pay for it by losing effective control. In recent decades, there was a shift of large amounts of money from the former development aid towards a multilateral use. The money no longer flows from the governments of member countries in other states, but from the governments to the UN agencies. This alone decides how and where funds are used. Developing countries are due to the flow of money mostly a function of these agencies. The young indigenous political staff will rarely forfeit the favor of the agencies. This dependency ensures the agencies at international level in 193 member states a clear majority against potentially rebellious states.
The Real Power Lies Today at the UN agencies and Which are in the Hands of Lobbies
End of the 60s an infiltration of the agencies began that is now firmly in the hands of lobbies that the objectives of the Club of Rome are only obliged to name a network of these lobbies. They propagate birth control, abortion, contraception, homosexuality, and more recently, as a further development, the gender ideology. This results are a whole range of global policy programs, many of which are adopted, only with no real public debate by the governments of the developed member states. It is sufficient to think of it, how suddenly found ideas and input ideas in Europe, which as the name suggests were 20 years ago not even known as "sustainable development", "reproductive health" and "reproductive rights", just to name a few.
In these decades these lobbies have found that have their main allies in the European Union and the Democrat-led governments of the U.S., there is only one real obstacle that stood in their way and always organized new resistance at the UN world conferences: the Holy See. And not only this, but thanks to the Lateran Treaty, it is internationally recognized as a state, and thus as an observer member having access to all bodies and must be heard. If the Holy See did not have sovereignty, many doors would have been closed to the Church long ago. The only state that has proven to oppose itself against any limitation and minimization of human dignity, is the Holy See. Since it doesn't have to defend any economic or geopolitical interests, which at all times is known as the main reason for wars and interventions, the Church has been free to work through all the years for the dignity of human beings. Because with their related issues, the project of the Creator God is at stake: His created order.
Vatican the Only Real Obstacle for Masters of the World, Therefore the Enmity
Anyone who knows the history of the United Nations, knows how often it has happened that states suddenly changed their position. The main reason was usually as a rule the concern they would lose the help of the U.S. or the EU. Or, after they had obtained from the same sources significant arms shipments. In the Holy See such games were not possible. More, as already indicated, the Holy See was active in the work carried out since the early 90s in international conferences, concerning the world conferences on women or the world population conferences in which abortion was to be enforced as a "right", it was a reference point for other states that were determined to resist the "corruption" by the Western States. The Holy See was able to formulate counter-positions for those countries, mostly from Latin America and the Islamic world and collect votes. In this way it was the Catholic Church which could always build new and annoying obstacles and to throw dust in the war machinery of the prevailing cultural opinion.
Therefore, there is such radical hostility toward the Catholic Church. The scandal of pedophilia, therefore, represents at the highest level only a welcome opportunity to discredit the Church and, if possible, to silence the topics that interest the Lord of this world. The two, three major news agencies give titles, keywords, and footage taken over from the mainstream media and has been running the global media machine astonishingly into line. At this point there is not the space to explain the ownership of the major media and how the leading media is concentrated amazingly throughout the world into a few hands. But that is only one aspect.
Pedophilia Serves Only to Discredit the Church
For this reason, the attack of the UN Children's Rights Committee of 5 February by no means an isolated individual case support systems and for the same reason, the focus of the controversial report by no means the ostensible subject of pedophilia, but on the issues of abortion, homosexuality and contraception. The subject of pedophilia acts solely as a propaganda tool to force the church to give way to the other points, those points that are really of interest.
The UN Children's Report represents in its whole orientation from the beginning rather toward a veritable anti-Catholic escalation. Those who thought that it was enough simply to refuse allegations about pedophilia with documented facts and the facts, seems not to have understood what is at stake. The relationships seem to have been understood by the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi. He is a veteran of international conferences and knows the UN in and out. He warned Rome at an early stage of the impending danger, which has concocted around the UN Children's Rights Committee, but has not found, as it seems, the necessary hearing.
Amazingly Feeble Response from Secretary of State Parolin
On 5 February Monsignor Tomasi was left to stand alone. The journalists from around the world asked him about the response of the Holy See to the UN document, but no instructions came from Rome. Only then, Cardinal Secretary of State Parolin gave a brief statement that he will give sometime a detailed response as soon as the UN document had been carefully considered. However, the neo-Cardinal added that the Holy See was determined to "meet all the requirements of the [children's rights] convention". The only critical remark was limited to the sentence: "I was a bit surprised by the fact that it responds to issues that interfere in the Catholic doctrine, especially the issue of abortion." That's all. Clearly a bit meager," said NBQ chief editor Cascioli.
The Silence of Parolins
Amazed not only at this brief, insufficient response to the unprecedented attack against the Church. Perplexing was also the interview published on 9 February at Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference with Secretary of State Parolin. The interview includes a full page large format, similar to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung or theSüddeutsche Zeitung, or New York Times. However, "do you a hard time to find a sentence or a thought which would be worth a message," said Cascioli. The UN attack is not mentioned in the slightest. It is hard to believe that the journalist who conducted the interview omitted the subject. It must therefore be assumed that the Secretary of State is urging them not to talk about it. That is, given the serious nature of the incident and what is at stake, indeed incomprehensible.
Synod of Bishops as a Late Revenge for Humanae Vitae?
Not only that, the inadequate response first and then the silence ultimately support those within the Church who want exactly these changes to the Church's teachings, which are being called for by the UN Committee. Butt there is, so there should be no illusions. The neo-Cardinal Secretary of State, who is already not conspicuously glorious with his first interview after his appointment by Pope Francis, sends with his behavior many signals which are far from positive. Among other things especially not with a view to the forthcoming Synod of Bishops on the topic of family in October of this year. A Synod of Bishops, which someone wants to transform into a late revenge for the encyclical Humanae Vitae, and whose principles they wish to overturn with strong support from the German-speaking world. It was there, that the Bishops' Conferences rejected in 1968 the prophetic encyclical of Pope Paul VI. with explanations in Königstein, Maria Trost and Solothurn. Acts of open rebellion, which have not been withdrawn until today and yet remained without consequences for the bishops.
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