Reader MGE forwarded today’s L’osservatore Romano article in Italian, featuring the Pope’s statements on globalization. MGE introduces the article:
I have provided a link to a translation of an Italian article about the pontiff’s visit with a group of French Christians. His statements are bit shocking as he seems to drop quite a bit of red pill real talk that could resemble a discussion on this blog, though of course with a more conciliatory tone.
Its English translation is HERE. Here is an excerpt, emphasis added:
“There’s something that bothers me,” the Pope said. “Of course, globalization unites us and thus has positive aspects. But I think there are good and less good globalization. The less good can be represented by a sphere: every person is equal distance from the center. This first scheme separates man from himself, the uniformizza and eventually prevents him to express himself freely. The best globalization would be quite a polyhedron. All are united, but every people, every nation, retains its identity, its culture, its wealth. The stakes for me is this good globalization, which allows us to keep what defines us. This second vision of globalization allows to unite people while preserving their uniqueness, which favors dialogue, mutual understanding.”
“The only continent that can bring some unity to the world is Europe,” the Pope added. “China has perhaps a more ancient culture, more profound. But only Europe has a vocation of universality and of service. ” Francis returns then on the theme of his speech in Strasbourg, on 25 November 2014, when he compared Europe to a grandmother a little ‘tired. “But here is the mother became a grandmother” sorridecon a hint of irony. I think of the biblical stories, the old Sarah who laughs when he learns that gets pregnant. The question may seem strange, but I can not not do it. It’s too late? Grandma can once again become a young mother? “A head of state I have already asked this question,” replies the Pope. “Yes, it can. But under certain conditions. Spain and Italy have a birth rate close to zero. France gets along better because he built a family policy that encourages the birth. Being a mother means having children. ” But the renewal is not only quantitative. “If Europe wants to rejuvenate, he must rediscover their cultural roots. Of all the Western countries, Europe has the stronger and deeper roots. Through colonization, these roots have even reached the new world. But forgetting its own history, Europe weakens. It is then that risks becoming an empty place.”
If of interest to readers, I am a Roman Catholic, though one who observes contemporary popes with a guarded eye for evidence of the Church’s compromises with liberalism. I am also wary of Vatican’s statements on globalization, given a pervious Pope’s endorsements of immigration in excess of small-scale emergency humanitarian hospitality, or another Pope’s critical statements on Islam, for example, followed by a backtracking on his words. And very recently, Pope Francis’ own statements in favor of defacto open borders.
Nonetheless, the Pope’s polyhedron metaphor is remarkable, in that it reconciles Catholic universalism of unity in Christ with particularism of cultures, nations, and races. My own similarly principled objection to the mixing of distinct peoples is rooted in an understanding that the breaking down of social boundaries degrades man and woman to their lowest common denominator—spiritually, culturally, physically. I touched on this idea in my post about John Lennon’s song “Imagine,” the most anti-human song ever written.
There is a lot more from Pope Francis in the article, not all of it good, but his model of the circle and the polyhedron is what I found fascinating, in that it seems to hint toward a new acceptance of nationalism as a key element in human affairs.