by Robert Bridge
from RT Website
Pope Francis gestures as he arrives
for the weekly general audience at the Vatican,
November 13, 2019
© REUTERS/Remo Casilli
But is it really
incumbent upon the 'Bishop of Rome' to virtue-signal...?
Any hunches what side that might be?
Yes, you guessed it...
Instead of the poor and destitute - you know, 'the meek who shall inherit the earth' rigmarole - taking their rightful place alongside the Pope to fight against globalization on steroids, the Vatican has announced it will form a "historic partnership" with big business, known as the Council for Inclusive Capitalism.
You can't make this stuff up.
And make no mistake:
In other words, in an apparent act of divine intervention, the Rothschild family (whose wealth is estimated at $20 billion, although nobody really knows for sure), together with other famous brand names of globalization, such as the Rockefellers and Mastercard, will now take up the standard for the world's downtrodden.
Who will be the first one
to hold their breath...?
Really outstanding people, such as,
...will now behave like Good Samaritans, carrying out the will of the Holy See around a ravaged, lockdown-wearied planet.
And here is the catch:
My initial skepticism shot into overdrive when it became clear what acts of charity the council would promote:
Yada, yada, yada...
Pool Photo via AP
Forgive me, 'Holy Father', but that sounds an awful lot like the controversial progressive platform being touted by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris that has divided the United States down the middle.
In other words,
Meanwhile, it is hardly
reassuring that these profit-driven individuals will be allowed to
"hold themselves accountable" to take on unspecified "social and
governance matters" and "other initiatives," whatever those happen
Aside from the absurdity of letting profit-driven corporations play guardian over themselves, we are now living in a time when these out-of-control behemoths are no longer content to just hawk their products to consumers:
Using their profits from consumer spending, corporations such as Coca-Cola can run an extremely controversial Sprite advertisement campaign, for example, that promotes a transgender lifestyle and that will be seen by millions of impressionable children.
Or how about Gillette's massively disappointing (and disliked) commercial that took issue with so-called 'toxic masculinity.'
Personally, I've never heard Pope Francis speak out against these extremely provocative ideas.
Perhaps even more worrying is that many companies, compelled to prove they are taking a stand on behalf of the latest cause célèbre, have enthusiastically jumped aboard the Black Lives Matter juggernaut, which critics - of which there is no shortage, even among the black American population - say works to the disadvantage of other races, not least white Americans, who have become the bane of Western civilization overnight.
After all, the Trump administration was just forced to take executive action against 'critical race theory' inside the government, while academia is now rampant with lectures teaching the evils of the ignoble white man.
Although Pope Francis may have the best intentions at heart in promoting this sort of dialogue between the Vatican and the corporate world, unless there is real involvement by the Church to rein in corporate power, it will become a wasted opportunity in very short order.
The Council for Inclusive Capitalism is nothing more and nothing less than a cynical PR stunt for corporate power that allows their controversial initiatives, heavily steeped in the rapacious accumulation of profit, as well as the promotion of dangerous 'woke' values, to win the seal of approval from one of the most powerful religious authorities on the planet.
Such a program really amounts to an act of mindless virtue-signaling from the Catholic Church, which has fallen out of favor of late, and a cheap opportunity for the corporate world to conceal its behavior behind the shroud of morality and saintliness.
It would have been far more effective and symbolic had Pope Francis committed himself to a contract with the people, with his true followers, in the fight against corporate power.
Instead, he made a pact with the devil...