move over military-industrial complex
DrMarty | February 17, 2012 at 03:53 amby
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Speaking to seminarians in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI blasted "the power of Evil in finance and in the media, two major powers which in themselves are good, but can be so abused as to become often the contrary of the real intentions."
"Surely we need information," Ratzinger said, "but the power of appearance, an appearance that replaces reality itself, becomes more and more powerful, and man does not see reality any more."
At the end, "the virtual world becomes truer and stronger." Instead, "we want no appearance, but truth, and this gives us real freedom.
"Today we see how the world of finance can dominate man.
Possessing and appearing dominate the world and enslave it." This, because "the world of finance is no longer an instrument to promote the welfare and the life of man, but becomes a power that oppresses him, like worshipping in Mammon the false divinity that dominates the world." The Pope said that Christians must be "non-conformist."
Observers describe the Pope's statements as a reaction to recent media stories involving some Cardinals accusing other Cardinals of plotting to kill the Pope.
If that is true, Ratzinger has raised the stakes in connecting evil media campaigns to the financial powers that are destroying the world, and implicitly calling for finance to become again "an instrument to promote the welfare and life of man."
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