Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wikileaks: Vatican’s Importance Evident.

“Leaked State Department cables are giving insight into the Vatican’s influential role on the world stage and the United States’ efforts to cooperate with the Holy See in advancing common interests,” wrote Catholic News Agency…

The Bible predicts this cooperation in advancing common interests between the two entities. Revelation 13 even tells us that the second beast with lamb-like horns (United States) cooperates so much with the first beast (Vatican) that it actually exercises all the power that the Vatican once wielded and will persecute those who do not accept papal worship. The released cable confirms the ongoing spiritual fornication predicted between the papacy and the U.S.

The released cables also include discussion on how to limit the influence of Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez by Vatican encouragement for the U.S. to conduct exclusive dialogue with Cuba. They also involve discussion about Poland’s influence on the European Union, U.S.-Vatican agreement on U.N. General Assembly initiatives, the Vatican role in securing the release of British sailors detain by Iran in April of 2007, the Vatican’s failed attempts to secure a reference to Europe’s Christian roots in the EU constitution, and Vatican-Irish relations over the sex scandal.

One cable discussed Vatican opposition to Turkey entering the EU because it would weaken the papal case for Europe’s Christian foundations. That would open the floodgates to even more Muslim immigration into Europe, offsetting Catholicism’s influence.

The cables also offer insight into the U.S. government’s interaction with the Vatican. In a letter to prepare President Obama for his July 10, 2009 visit with the pope, “the Holy See noted the Vatican’s appreciation of many of the president’s positions, but also its ‘profound concerns’ about his approach to abortion and embryonic stem cell research.”

The document advised the president that the “Vatican has made a ‘tactical decision’ to allow the U.S. bishops to take the lead in voicing these concerns, and this difference in emphasis ‘should not be interpreted as a divergence of views.’”
This is a classic Vatican operation. The curia can see that President Obama can help the Papacy in certain global affairs, but does not want to mix it’s direct relationship with the U.S. president with opposition to his domestic agenda to promote abortion, gay marriage, human stem cell research, etc. They leave that to the local U.S. bishops to oppose these things, while maintaining a positive tone with the U.S. President.

“One pervasive theme of the State Department cables is the global importance of the Vatican,” wrote CNA.

The Vatican observer mission at the U.N. was ‘always active and influential behind the scenes,’ a December 2009 memo reported. ‘As the spiritual leader of 1.3 billion Catholics worldwide and enjoying respect as well from non-Catholics, the Pope wields an unparalleled moral megaphone,’ the June 2009 scene setter for President Obama said.

Another lengthy 2001 memo “described the Vatican as ‘the supranational power,’ which has presence and reach in ‘virtually every country in the world.’
Papal interaction around the world is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. While it should not surprise students of the Bible, it is nevertheless important to see papal interaction with nation states as a prophetic development.