Jesus and the Money-Changers
On Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger said in his New Year‘s message that he hoped 2013 would be a year of peace and that the world was under threat from unbridled capitalism, terrorism, and criminality. The 85-year-old pope rang in the New Year with a mass for about 10,000 people in the Papal Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican on the day the Roman Catholic Church marked its World Day of Peace with initiatives around the world. He also spoke of peace after the mass, addressing tens of thousands of people who had followed the service from outside in St Peter’s Square from a balcony overlooking the square, saying, “A new year is like a trip. With the light and the grace of God, may it be the start of a path to peace for every person, every family, every country, and for the entire world”.
He thanked the world’s peacemakers, saying that they deserve praise for working, often behind the scenes, tirelessly, thanklessly and armed only “with the weapons of prayer and forgiveness”. Peace marchers carrying rainbow banners released blue balloons in a sunny but cold St Peter’s Square as the pope spoke. Earlier, in his homily, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics decried “hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor”. He also denounced “the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated capitalism, various forms of terrorism, and criminality”.
Benedict said he was convinced of “humanity’s innate vocation to peace” despite many problems and setbacks. A personal relationship with God could help all believers deal with what he called the “darkness and anguish” that sometimes defines human existence. He pointed up, “This is the inner peace that we want in the midst of events in history that are sometimes tumultuous and confused, events that sometimes leave us shaken”. In his full message for World Day of Peace, the pope called for a new economic model and ethical regulations for markets, saying the global financial crisis was proof that capitalism doesn’t protect society’s weakest members. He also warned that food insecurity was a threat to peace in some parts of the world. The pope strongly reaffirmed Roman Catholic opposition to gay marriage, stating that heterosexual marriage had an indispensable role in society.
Thousands of people took part in a peace march to the Vatican led by the Community of Sant’Egidio, a Catholic peace and charity group, which negotiated the Rome General Peace Accords, which led to the end of the Mozambican Civil War in 1992. Other peace marches took place in Italian cities, and Catholic dioceses around the world held their own events.
1 January 2013
I originally saw this on the Huff Post (see here for their post), as the wording chosen by Benedict Ratzinger was very precise and damning to crapitalism and the warfare state, I wanted to see the original post to make certain that the same emphasis was there. In short, it was. This means that all of the Catholics and Orthodox attempting to link us with rightwing “conservative” movements aren’t only wrong, they’re evil; they’re in opposition to direct teachings from Pope Benedict and HH. Both B16 and HH believe that the crapitalist nostrums of the Hard Right are fraudulent. This means, for us as Orthodox, that Victor Potapov, James Paffhausen, Rod Dreher, Patrick Reardon, Josiah Trenham, Alexander Webster, Terrence Mattingly, and all those who agree with them are outside the ambit of Christ’s Church as far as its social teaching is concerned.
You can’t dialogue with such… you can only oppose them with everything that God has given you. Socialism and Christ are congruent… the Free Market isn’t. Christ drove the merchants out of the temple, he didn’t approve of them. Christ said:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.