Saturday, March 10, 2012

Don't Worry It Doesn't Affect Infallibility!

The U.S. government has (for the first time, remarkably) placed the Vatican on a "list of countries that are a potential hub for money laundering ... ."  (link)  One can speculate regarding the motives of the U.S. government, but is this kind of thing consistent with a theory that the Vatican represents the succession of Peter and Paul?  The article concludes:
The moves are all part of the Holy See's efforts to get on the "white list" of countries that share financial information and shed its long-held reputation as a secretive offshore tax haven whose bank has been embroiled in scandals over the years.
Of course, financial scandals occur everywhere - but that's partly the point.  The Vatican isn't something special.  It's simply a human institution, not a divine one.

I fully recognize that even if Benedict XVI himself were to become linked to money laundering, that would not effect papal infallibility, the way that papal infallibility has been defined.  Moreover, I suspect that as far as popes go, Benedict XVI is one of the more outwardly moral.  I doubt he has been personally involved in money laundering.  That's not the point. I say that just to be clear, because it seems that some people misread my posts when I illustrate the nature of the institution that continued to support Cardinal Law with a job until his 80th birthday.


UPDATE: 3/23/2012

It seems that J.P. Morgan/Chase has lost confidence in the Vatican Bank (link to story).


Natamllc said...

Ha! " conform to international standards"!!!!

Just wait, next they will start conforming to global standards too! :)

And then? :(

And then: Heb 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
Heb 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

It is not clear to me just what is up and coming? What is clear to me is this, though:

"...Job 36:10 He opens their ears to instruction and commands that they return from iniquity.
Job 36:11 If they listen and serve him, they complete their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasantness.
Job 36:12 But if they do not listen, they perish by the sword and die without knowledge.

Prosperity and years in pleasantness anyone?

Despeville said...

A state and a religion which which amplifies the fallen nature of this world and its people.
Great will be its judgment.