UPDATE: HT to Lisa, who directed me to paragraph 67 of Caritas in Veritate, which reads in part:
“In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth. … for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago. …They also require the construction of a social order that at last conforms to the moral order, to the interconnection between moral and social spheres, and to the link between politics and the economic and civil spheres, as envisaged by the Charter of the United Nations.” (Italics in original.)
Many are uncomfortable as it sounds very much like some members of the Roman Curia are calling for a “new world order”. What do you think? The actual document itself is here.
Here’s the exact quote from the document from the Pontifical Council that stirred up the MSM:
“In fact, one can see an emerging requirement for a body that will carry out the functions of a kind of “central world bank” that regulates the flow and system of monetary exchanges similar to the national central banks.”
Will the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd now adapt this as their manifesto?
Asked at a news conference if the document could become a precept for the movement of the “indignant ones”, who have criticized global economic policies, Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican’s Justice and Peace department, said:
“The people on Wall Street need to sit down and go through a process of discernment and see whether their role managing the finances of the world is actually serving the interests of humanity and the common good. “We are calling for all these bodies and organisations to sit down and do a little bit of re-thinking.”
The Vatican called on Monday for sweeping reforms of the world economy and the creation of a ethical, global authority to regulate financial markets as demonstrations against corporate greed continued to spring up in major cities across the globe.
An 18-page document from the Vatican’s Justice and Peace department said the financial downturn had revealed behaviours like “selfishness, collective greed and hoarding of goods on a great scale,” adding that world economics needed an “ethic of solidarity” among rich and poor nations.
Urging Wall Street powerbrokers to examine the impact of their decisions on humanity, the Vatican called on those who wanted to change economic structures to “not be afraid to propose new ideas, even if they might destabilise pre-existing balances of power that prevail over the weakest.”