(LifeSiteNews.com) - Newspapers, blogs, talk-shows on radio and television are full of discussion over Pope Benedict XVI's supposed call for a "new world order" or a "one-world government." These ideas are, however, neither based in reality nor a clear reading of the Pope's latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, the release of which yesterday spawned the heated discussion.So there you have it folks. The pope actually called for decentralized government -- the exact opposite of a one-world government -- consistent with the Catholic social principle of subsidiarity. To understand this however, one has to read the pope's encyclical in it's full context. What the media has done however - and I assert intentionally - is pull a quote completely out of context, and run it with their own subtitle, making it the exact opposite of what he said, thereby discrediting the pope among Catholics and causing panic among the general population (that panic being a source for more news of course). This kills two birds with one stone. They hurt the reputation of the pope, a favorite pass time among the press, and simultaneously created some more news for them to report, securing their paychecks for another week.
The Pope actually speaks directly against a one-world government, and, as would be expected from those who have read his previous writings, calls for massive reform of the United Nations. Confusion seems to have come from paragraph 67 of the encyclical, which has some choice pull-quotes which have spiced the pages of the world's news, from the New York Times to those of conspiracy theorist bloggers seeing the Pope as the Anti-Christ.
The key quote which has led to the charge reads: "To manage the global economy; to revive economies hit by the crisis; to avoid any deterioration of the present crisis and the greater imbalances that would result; to bring about integral and timely disarmament, food security and peace; to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration: for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago."
However, in paragraph 41, the Holy Father specifically differentiates his concept of a world political authority from that of a one-world government. "We must," he says "promote a dispersed political authority." He explains that "The integrated economy of the present day does not make the role of States redundant, but rather it commits governments to greater collaboration with one another. Both wisdom and prudence suggest not being too precipitous in declaring the demise of the State. In terms of the resolution of the current crisis, the State's role seems destined to grow, as it regains many of its competences. In some nations, moreover, the construction or reconstruction of the State remains a key factor in their development."
Later in the encyclical (57) he speaks of the opposite concept to one- world government -subsidiarity (the principle of Catholic social teaching which states that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority) - as being essential. "In order not to produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature, the governance of globalization must be marked by subsidiarity," says the Pope....
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In my experience, this is a regular occurrence in the media's dealing with the pope. If you fell for it, then the media had you right where they wanted you. Better wise up, so they won't fool you next time. When hearing any news about the pope that seems odd or unusual, always try to verify it with the Vatican press office, or with an authentic Catholic news source.