The Pope only mentions God once — in the final line of the letter.
The Spring 2021 meeting between the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was held between April 5-11 and was conducted virtually this year due to the pandemic.
The Pope addressed the attendees through a letter dated April 4 — Easter Sunday — that was sent via Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Holy See’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
In it, the Pope writes that due to the pandemic, “our world has been forced to confront a series of grave and interrelated socio-economic, ecological, and political crises,” and he hopes that the discussions during the week-long virtual gathering will create a recovery plan capable of “generating new, more inclusive and sustainable solutions to support the real economy, assisting individuals and communities to achieve their deepest aspirations and the universal common good.” He added that the recovery cannot go back to the same “unequal and unsustainable model of economic and social life, where a tiny minority of the world’s population owns half of its wealth.”
He then explains how he hopes this could be done.
For all our deeply-held convictions that all men and women are created equal, many of our brothers and sisters in the human family, especially those at the margins of society, are effectively excluded from the financial world. The pandemic, however, has reminded us once again that no one is saved alone. If we are to come out of this situation as a better, more humane and solidary world, new and creative forms of social, political and economic participation must be devised, sensitive to the voice of the poor and committed to including them in the building of our common future (cf. Fratelli Tutti, 169). As experts in finance and economics, you know well that trust, born of the interconnectedness between people, is the cornerstone of all relationships, including financial relationships. Those relationships can only be built up through the development of a “culture of encounter” in which every voice can be heard and all can thrive, finding points of contact, building bridges, and envisioning long-term inclusive projects (cf. ibid., 216).
While many countries are now consolidating individual recovery plans, there remains an urgent need for a global plan that can create new or regenerate existing institutions, particularly those of global governance, and help to build a new network of international relations for advancing the integral human development of all peoples. This necessarily means giving poorer and less developed nations an effective share in decision-making and facilitating access to the international market. A spirit of global solidarity also demands at the least a significant reduction in the debt burden of the poorest nations, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Relieving the burden of debt of so many countries and communities today, is a profoundly human gesture that can help people to develop, to have access to vaccines, health, education and jobs.
It’s interesting that the Pope made reference to his recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, which has been described by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò as “blasphemous” in his letter to the globalists.
The Pope then goes on about the “ecological debt” that the world owes to “nature itself” and that he hopes that the World Bank and IMF can calculate the debt so that “developed countries can pay it, not only by significantly limiting their consumption of non-renewable energy or by assisting poorer countries to enact policies and programmes of sustainable development, but also by covering the costs of the innovation required for that purpose.” In other words, he is calling for the same thing as Al Gore and the other environmentalist grifters are — more investment in “Big Green.”
He then goes on to complain about the alleged unfairness of capitalism.
It is time to acknowledge that markets – particularly the financial ones – do not govern themselves. Markets need to be underpinned by laws and regulations that ensure they work for the common good, guaranteeing that finance – rather than being merely speculative or financing itself – works for the societal goals so much needed in the context of the present global healthcare emergency. In this regard, we especially need a justly financed vaccine solidarity, for we cannot allow the law of the marketplace to take precedence over the law of love and the health of all. Here, I reiterate my call to government leaders, businesses and international organizations to work together in providing vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy (cf. Urbi et Orbi Message, Christmas Day 2020).
Source: The Vatican
Wow! That sounds a whole lot like the Marxist, secularist “Great Reset” talk by Charles Schwab and globalist leaders around the world and the “Build Back Better” blather.
He ends the letter, “In offering my prayerful best wishes for the fruitfulness of the meetings, I invoke upon all taking part God’s blessings of wisdom and understanding, good counsel, strength and peace.”
At no point in the letter does the Pope mention Jesus, the Catholic Church, or any relevant Catholic or broadly Christian teaching.
This Pope seems to be embracing the concept of a secular, global government model that puts punitive measures on developed nations in order to redistribute wealth in order to achieve “equity” — the equality of outcomes rather than the equality of opportunity. This same global model is hostile to Christianity, and yet, this socialist-friendly Pope continues to advocate for it.
This is pretty on-brand for this particular Pontiff.
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