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POPE FRANCIS AND THE POWER OF THE PAPACY

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In October 1978, the visiting CIA analyst teaching my National Security Affairs course at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, began class by asking, “What’s the significance of this new Polish Pope?” Without waiting for an answer he said, “He will hasten the fall of the Soviet Union.” Recalling that experience, I asked myself, what is the significance of this new Argentine Pope?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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22 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Well, I’m not Catholic, and I’m not Hispanic, but I would venture to say he will give more authority to the Hispanic churches? Perhaps the Hispanic folks will feel more vindicated since this is lke, the first Hispanc Pope in forever it seems. Fitting, since the hispaic countries always seem to be the staunchest Catholics, even Spain that was under the Moors (Islam) for so long. But, what I know about Catholism could be put in a shoebox, so I have no real authority to talk about it.

    By Chylene Ramsey

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    On the well-known and often distorted Stalin quote about the Pope -then Pius XII: “According to Stalin’s interpreter, Valentin Berezhkov, during his visit to Moscow in 1944 Churchill told Stalin that the question of Poland, a Catholic state, could complicate the Al-lies’ relations with the Vatican. Churchill was taken aback by Stalin’s response: ‘And how many divisions does the Pope have?’. Churchill later wrote that it was to the French Foreign Minister Pierre Laval [later head of the Pétain collaborationist government] that Stalin posed the question: in 1935 when, in negotiating a pact of mutual assistance, Laval naively asked Stalin, ‘Can’t you do something to encourage religion and the Catholics in Russia?’, Stalin said, ‘Oho! The Pope! How many divisions has he got?'” (From Prof Hiroaki Kuromiya’s “Stalin”, p.160).

    On spite of this quip, Stalin was well-aware of the Catholic Pope’s influence. On Pope Francis, time will tell. Speculation, even informed speculation, is not very useful in such cases, as Francis wasn’t until now a political cleric.

    By Giles Raymond DeMourot

  3. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    He will hasten the fall of Islam?

    By Federico Schiavio

  4. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Nothing else just to keep the Vatican faraway from corruption and scandals .

    By petrit tafili

  5. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    What the Catholic Church needs today is a Pope who will lead the Church not by edict or decree and with pomp and grandeur but by emphasizing the fundamental purpose of faith and religion by example as the early Christians did. They lit a fire in the hearts of men and women that spread around the world.” This quote has true meaning and this can be applied “globally” (not only specific to the Catholic Church…) for all organizations and governments who we rely on for guidance, direction and support…….this concept is key in many wayz 🙂 ❤

    By Pamela Sarikianos

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Pamela I like what you say and it would be nice if it happened but I have my doubts…
    Petrit, the Vatican is a living, breathing, corrupted scandal and will remain so.

    By Federico Schiavio

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    I don’t trust anything that moves in the Vatican. Religion is just the dress they wear. One might remember the concordat (read “deal”) with Nazi Germany where the Vatican became a Nazi ally in return for the papal religin becoming the only recognised religion in Germany (not difficult as ALL the top Nazis had been brought up in that religion. It came in handy when Vatican passports were dealt out like confetti to escaping Nazis.

    By David Howie

  8. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Excellent assessment!!

    By Jim Prouty

  9. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    This election surprised many observers,including “vaticanists”.Hopefully,this shows that the catholic Church is of divine nature beyond its human content.Christians are used to be remembered that the Holly Spirit,as promised ,will never allow the christianity to collapse.

    Pope Francis did not wait for long:he immediately delivered the message which was meeting believers’hopes: Christ is the Church’s raison d’être and poors are its core priority.This message has been immediately understood by everybody.
    Pope Francis ‘to do list’ and challenges are immense,far well beyond any individual capability.This is why christians rely upon the endless support from God.A good choice.

    By Michel Makinsky

  10. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Insightful and sensitively written analysis of the installation of Pope Francis, whose whole demeanor bespeaks a quiet Force the Church and I daresay the world will have to come to grips with.

    By John C. Byler

  11. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    I guess that remains to be seen, Ed. I’ve heard, read and seen on TV numerous opinions, all of which are, of course, pure speculation. It’s going to be interesting to see what transpires.

    Oh, and on the lighter side, I had heard than several members of the conclave had wanted to tap Cardinal Sicola for pope, were later convinced by the other Cardinals that it wouldn’t be too prudent to have a Pope Sicola.

    By Rob Taylor

  12. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    The press is less constrained by doctrine in appealing to its worshippers.

    By Carl Robie

  13. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    I can see that if Catholicism surged in the Eastern bloc up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Iron Curtain.

    But I would be more inclined to give Reagan and Bush the most credit for the fall of the Soviet Union. Both Reagan and Bush brought a new vision toward ending the Cold War by investing heavily in new defense technology which caused an arms race that an already gasping Soviet Union (by the time Reagan took office) could not keep up with. Their economy was spread too far and too thin and Afghanistan had sucked a lot of wind and blood out of their economy. The Soviets were even too powerless to stop Poland’s Lech Walesa’s protest and drive for independence.

    I would be interested to hear your analysis of what Pope John Paul II did to hasten the fall of the Soviet Union.

    As for the new Argentine Pope, it is hard to speculate what his significance will be. I would like to hear what you think. I do not have the benefit of having attended the Naval Postgraduate School and I would like to hear how you were trained and what you think.

    By Brian K. Stephens, MBA, CPA

  14. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    I do not know what influence this man will have as Pope, but for the sake of the Christian world, I hope that he helps guide all Christians, of all faiths, back to the core principles of Christ’s teachings.

    By David Louderback

  15. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    I would hope for a modicum of healing between the Church and the communities it has attacked. I recognize that there has been a power shift in the world where religions play second fiddle and secularists are largely in control. I think that so-called progressives often ignore the relevancy of religion to the life of the individual, particularly where they are facing hardship including their own mortality. I don’t think that this power inversion is a better choice. It ignores the needs of the vulnerable populations which both sides claim to represent.

    I think the fact that the new pope has STEM training is quite hopeful. It has never been clear to me that there ever needed to be a rift between the sciences and religion. Perhaps a Jesuit is able to have some insight into this as others have not.

    By Bonnie C. Brennan

  16. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    The secular materialists will never ‘get it’ as far as spiritual leadership (as opposed to powerful leadership skills)
    all churches have been and always were infiltrated and seduced and/or destroyed.

    All resources that could enable human beings to survive without power-brokers; water food, land, economies and of course that includes spiritual power get commondeered/controlled. Spirituality gives strength to individuals choosing to cooperate, and so various competing powergroups have always fought for control of that resource.

    It can’t be controlled only personally absorbed/subscribed to – hence the anti-religious psy-ops we are seeing speed-up intensely; with the controlling powers in a general and tacit complicity of various agreements to ‘poison the [spiritual] well’ by commercialisation [instamt gratification & trends] or ridicule. Material technology rather than science proper is in the ascendence at present.

    Each competing control group try the usual variant stages and models, seen throughout history, to harness or break what they simply perceive as movement.

    A act of mass hubris on the reductive materialist’s part. Destruction begets destruction – like for like. The harder they ‘hit’ true spirituality the stronger it becomes. As the Romans found out.
    And as Ed’s lecturer evidently realised regarding the Poles.

    By Marina Knife

  17. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Argentina’s German colonists and Italian colonists are getting on well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21835363

    By David Howie

  18. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    A recording of Paul Harvey’s “If I was the devil”
    http://www.infowars.com/paul-harvey-if-i-were-the-devil-infowars-version/ and as the transhumanists – materialists – secularists don’t believe in the devil
    … as AJ adds after the recording
    there may as well be …

    By Marina Knife

  19. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    The fact is fact, the pope is still one of most powerful personality in world .Very soon all the leaders are going to kiss is hand and to take his blessing and for sure a picture with him .The Vatican is more political institution than religious.

    By petrit tafili

  20. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Thought provoking commentary and a global view of the challenges facing a new world leader.

    By T. Michael Walker

  21. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Surprisingly prescient and accurate prediction. I’m afraid I really don’t have any predictions for the new pope except what has already been published–he’ll bring his South American sense of austerity to the church.

    By Harry James Short III

  22. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Here, Here!!

    By JOel Brown

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