Farewell, Pope Benedict

By Catherine Austin Fitts

A governance transition by the largest organization in the world is always important. In a world in which we are encouraged to forgo the sacred or to forget that our freedom and the sanctity of life is ours by divine authority, an institution that encourages us to remember that adds value by doing so – no matter how flawed it may be. The Catholic Church is an enormous, global tent.

There is a lot going on within.

For me, the most inspiring act of Pope Benedict was his first enclyclical on love. Deus Caritas Est (God is Love)
As leaders such as John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcom X have proved, there is no act more dangerous these days than encouraging us to love one another and to commit that love in the service of Justice:

The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper. A just society must be the achievement of politics, not of the Church. Yet the promotion of justice through efforts to bring about openness of mind and will to the demands of the common good is something which concerns the Church deeply… The Church’s charitable organizations, on the other hand, constitute an opus proprium, a task agreeable to her, in which she does not cooperate collaterally, but acts as a subject with direct responsibility, doing what corresponds to her nature. – From Deus Caritas Est

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