Pope Pushing Religion for European Unity

Benedict XVI


The following, which was in the news today, is no surprise:

Pope: Europe must undergo ethical renewal to avoid repeating mistakes

CNS – April 9, 2008

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The future of Europe cannot rest solely on political and economic unity; the continent must also undergo an ethical and spiritual renewal if it is to avoid repeating its past mistakes, Pope Benedict XVI said.

A crucial source for that renewal can be found in St. Benedict, the patron saint of Europe, who is still the best teacher to show people “the art of living true humanism,” he said.

The pope spoke about St. Benedict, the fifth-century father of Western monasticism and “patron saint of my pontificate,” during his April 9 general audience in St. Peter’s Square…

St. Benedict’s legacy created a new kind of unity based on Christian spirituality and culture which the whole continent shared, and in this way “the reality of what we call Europe was born,” the pope said.

Today, Europe again is searching for a new kind of unity and identity after emerging from two tragic world wars and the aftermath of “great ideologies revealed as tragic utopias,” the pope said.

While political, economic and juridical agreements and institutions are important, he said, it is also necessary to foster “an ethical and spiritual renewal that taps into the continent’s Christian roots; otherwise Europe cannot be rebuilt.”

Without drawing from its Christian heritage, he said, people “will remain exposed to the danger of succumbing to the old temptations” of man-made redemption through utopian visions that have so far only set humankind back.

In the search for “true progress, let us listen to the rule of St. Benedict today” and use it to light the way forward, he said. http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0801905.htm

The reality is that Europe will unite under some form of a more ecumenical Catholicism.

This will probably be partially as a backlash against Islam and certain problems associated with secular humanism.  And of course, combined with political and personal ambitions, of a pope and a military leader.

Europe does not yet realize that it will eventually unify under a new order of Roman Catholicism.

Both the Bible and Catholic prophets agree that this will happen.

The main difference is that the Bible indicates that this is NOT a good thing.

More information on these matters can be found in the articles Europa and the Beast of Revelation and The King of the North.

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