Who is it that calls for social justice, equality and legitimate redistribution of wealth while living in luxury and opulence?
As the world attempts to stay in balance during the harshest economic times since the 1929 Great Depression, there are those who believe that wealth redistribution is a good way to end social injustice or to give to those deemed worthy of whatever they supposedly deserve.
For the past 100 years or so, the financial establishment that controls the global economy has succeeded in its plans to steal wealth from nations around the world by implementing monetary and fiscal policies in those countries, which either ‘legally’ rid citizens of their hard earned salaries and pensions, or enabled the financial elite to literally snatch wealth and resources that belonged to those same citizens by stealth and with the compliance of national governments.
Far from condemning such theft, and refusing to send more money to their international handlers, national governments have applauded and cooperated with the growing international centralized control. Instead of calling for investigations to find out who exactly robbed people of their future, in what is known as the largest transfer of wealth — from the poorest to the richest — in human history, governments have allowed supranational, unaccountable agencies to determine what needs to be done.
Complicity of Bureaucrats and Religious Leaders
Unfortunately, what has been done is codifying the crimes that the financial elite committed by stealth, leaving people with no hope to bring the international oligarchs to justice. In fact, THE SOLUTION suggested by the financial criminals was to make people endure harsh austerity programs implemented by institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which commonly asks borrowing countries to cut social spending as a condition to lending them electronic fiat currency.
A fact that has surprised most people, especially those who have been more affected by the financial collapse in western economies, is that both government and religious officials have called for even more wealth redistribution through austerity and government-led efforts to achieve so-called social justice. One of the most vociferous persons in this regard has been Pope Francis, who since arriving to the Vatican, used all kinds of rated G expletives to blame Capitalism for the current state of the global economy.
Pope Francis’ speeches have earned him the title of Washington’s first Pope, as Catholic Church hierarchy and Pope Francis played a central role in sustaining the legitimacy of Washington’s led military coups, among other things. Rather than directly criticizing Wall Street for its abuses against the people, Pope Francis chose to blame Capitalism as a whole, calling it evil and saying that “some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”
Pope Francis’ slip on his criticism of Capitalism and the fact that he equals it to the current corporate-led enslavement model reveals his little knowledge about current affairs. This fact became more evident after he called for ‘legitimate redistribution’ of wealth. The Pope justified such a plan by saying that it would help curb the “economy of exclusion”. He did not stop there with his imprudent opinions and went on to say that this effort to redistribute wealth should be a “legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.”
Has the Pope forgotten about “Thou shall not steal”? How about talking the talk and walking the walk? Let’s not forget that the Vatican is indeed one of the richest institutions in the world. Money passes by the organization’s bank in amounts that are sometimes incomprehensible and whose origins are often unknown. When referring to inequality, Pope Francis said: “The imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation.”Once again, the Pope mixes apples with oranges by linking the free market with the monopolistic financial and corporate sectors and in doing so, demonstrates that he doesn’t know enough on the subject to rant about the evils that a non-existent free market means for the majority.
The Pope’s comments may be well-intentioned, but there is a part of them that simply doesn’t add up. In fact, they seem greatly hypocritical. He said: “Money must serve, not rule! The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but he is obliged in the name of Christ to remind all that the rich must help, respect, and promote the poor. I exhort you to a generous solidarity and to the return of economics and finance to an ethical approach which favors human beings.” Regarding his comments, I have to make the same question I always ask when the Pope, whomever he is, declares money evil and expresses his love for the poor while calling for solidarity. The questions is this: Why haven’t you, Pope Francis, opened the vault of the Vatican to immediately rescue the poor from their dire situation?
More than an ally of the poor, Pope Francis looks and sounds like the traditional establishment shill who speaks one thing and does the complete opposite. Not only is the Vatican one of the richest institutions in the world, but it also profits from some of the nastiest financial schemes in existence, the same ones that Pope Francis calls evil. “The Vatican has large investments with the Rothschilds of Britain, France and America, with the Hambros Bank, with the Credit Suisse in London and Zurich. In the United States it has large investments with the Morgan Bank, the Chase-Manhattan Bank, the First National Bank of New York, the Bankers Trust Company, and others. The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations such as Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric, International Business Machines, T.W.A., etc. At a conservative estimate, these amount to more than 500 million dollars in the U.S.A. alone,” explains NTEB. In other words, the Vatican profits, just as the bankers do, from the pain and the struggle of the poor.
“The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars” expands NTEB.” When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment,” reports Avro Manhattan. The Vatican itself has greatly benefited of the extraordinarily illegal transfer of wealth carried out by the financial elite, but the Pope won’t tell his faithful that.
There isn’t such a thing as ‘legitimate redistribution of wealth’. Not when done by elites to favor themselves, not when done by government to supposedly favor the poor and certainly not when it is demanded by a hypocritical religious leader who sounds and acts more like a Marxist ideologue than an honest religious leader. So how about Pope Francis begins emptying out Vatican bank accounts supplying some welfare to those who so faithfully follow him and his organization. It will be then and only then when the Pope, any Pope, will be in a position to speak against wealth accumulation and in favor of wealth redistribution.