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Cardinal: 2011 document’s call for ‘global authority’ does not mean world government

May 14, 2013

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told Vatican Radio that the council’s controversial 2011 document, “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority,” did not constitute a call for a world government.

“We never used that word,” Cardinal Turkson said in reference to government. “We’re talking about authority, and that can be regional, or it can be a series of authorities within, for example, the banking sector, the insurance sector, all meant to ensure that the common good is not left out.”

On May 13, the pontifical council hosted “Banking on the Common Good, Finance for the Common Good,” a colloquium devoted to discussion of the document’s themes.


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  • Posted by: Cornelius - May. 14, 2013 4:03 PM ET USA

    I don't why churchmen continually succumb to the temptation to enter what is properly, according to the Second Vatican Council, the layman's sphere of action: prudential matters in politics, economics, law, etc. Our prelates need to evangelize us and then let us evangelize the world.

  • Posted by: dagbat - May. 14, 2013 11:36 AM ET USA

    The Catholic Church should stay out of politics and stick to moral issues of right and wrong. The creation of another man made bureaucracy to administer global wealth re-distribution is folly and besides we already have one called the United Nations. The Church should continue to speak out with moral authority on key issues such as greed, corruption, and abuse of power. Let the Church be a beacon of moral truth and justice, not an extension of a new worldly corrupt government institution.