Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:59

It has been alleged that the Pope is a globalist. I believe the person who declared this incorrectly derived this notion from the fact that the Catholic Church is, by definition and by history, the universal (meaning world-wide) Church. (As it says in the Creed, the Church is "One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.")

This does not correspond with the common meaning of globalist or globalism, which entails the concentration of political, economic and cultural power in the hands of global elites. Policies of globalism include (1) open borders, or the erasing of national boundaries, followed by the loss of national sovereignty and national character, (2) radical responses to the threats of climate change (as envisioned by the globalists), followed by the concentration of economic power in the hands of global elites, and (3) the control of dialog, reducing or eliminating freedom of thought and freedom of expression, leaving the expression of culture and religion in the hands of global elites.

Satan tempted Jesus with globalism in the sense the term is used today, and even offered to make Jesus the ruler of a global government. See Matthew 4:8-9 and Luke 4:5-7.

Today's globalists may very well have made such a deal.

As for where the Pope stands on these matters, it does seem a bit odd that he turned the Church in China over to the Chinese government in Beijing and that he is espousing many of the talking points of the globalists that involve the concentration of power in their hands.

It's not clear to me whether his policies are based on a rose colored vision of contemporary elites and their policies, whether he is fearful of standing up to them, or whether he is, in fact, in bed with them (so to speak).