February 13, 2016
The historic meeting between Pope
A long history of religious and political tensions between Rome and Moscow has been one of the stumbling blocks to reunification of the Christian churches. Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said “that the meeting comes after ‘long preparation,’ adding that it was always understood the first meeting would take place on ‘neutral’ territory, neither Moscow nor Rome.
A diplomatic representative of the Russian Patriarch suggested persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa provided the necessary momentum to bring about a meeting the Vatican had sought for years. Although persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa by Muslims is relevant, it would be highly unlikely to be the paramount reason for the meeting but rather a front.
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill have signed a joint declaration on religious unity after their historic meeting in Havana. The declaration calls for peace in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine and urges Europe to “maintain its faithfulness to its Christian roots.”
The two religious leaders can best be described as representing two different religious-political alliances. The Vatican/US alliance and the Russian Orthodox/Putin alliance.
“When the United States rules the world, the Catholic Church will rule the world… Nothing can stand against the Church.”
~ Archbishop Quigley, 1903, The Chicago Tribune
When Putin visited Pope Francis on the 11th June 2015 the antagonistic attitude toward the Russian President by Pope Francis was revealed. Pope Francis psychologically harassed Putin tapping his fingers while giving a rather impatient stare from across the table.
United States leaders would be well pleased with the antics of Pope Francis, because of Putin’s geopolitical non-compliance of the American New World Order model. Putin has also been shunned and harassed at G20 meetings and had to dine alone because none of the other leaders would eat with him, tensions at the G20 in Australia arose from the accusation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, though mainstream media neglect the fact that the people of Crimea voted to seperate from Ukraine in a democratic referendum.
Putin has often praised the Russian Orthodox church for boosting patriotism while Patriarch Kirill has condemned persecution of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. The Kiev government is simply a vassal of the United States, so the dispute of religious-political alliances is irrefutable though ignored by mainstream media.
After Russia was slapped with sanctions, Putin pulled off one of the most politically savvy moves in history and has out-manoeuvred NATO and the United States in what became “Putin’s war on ISIS” conducted out of Russian military bases in Syria, authorised by Assad. Putin’s actions left the pentagon and the Obama administration embarrassed showing the West not to be serious about eradicating ISIS.
ISIS is simply a geopolitical tool to reshape the Middle East. Those complicit in this covert war supporting and facilitating ISIS are the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Israel, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
Since Putin’s proven acumen, Pope Francis has had to eat some ‘humble pie’ and reverse his harsh stance making this statement:
“It’s important to join efforts [with Russia] to save Christianity in all regions [of the world] where it’s oppressed,”
Historic relations between the Vatican and Orthodox Church
The Great Schism is the break of communion between what are now the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches, which began in the 11th century. Although there are some theological differences between the Catholic Church and Orthodox Church, the two denominations are almost identical.
The Catholic Pope will be the supreme of the New World Order, inclusive of all subservient religions. Ecumenism is gaining ground on every side. It could be said that Putin’s rhetoric has stated he is not totally against a New world Order, but he has made it clear that Russia will not be a subordinate to the United States but rather an equal.
There are growing tensions between Russia and NATO and perhaps if there is not resolution between the US/Vatican alliance and the Putin/Russian Orthodox alliance there could be war. It is highly probable that Pope Francis has reached out to Patriarch Krill in an effort of reconciliation, and perhaps in the near future Pope Francis might influence Patriarch Krill to sacrifice Russian nationalist goals for Christian unity and peace.
Pope Francis belongs to the Jesuit Order who are politically astute. The Jesuits have caused revolutions, deposed and poisoned kings and have were banned in many countries for their subversive activities in past history. There was also a time of Jesuit suppression.
The official reporting on the historic visit by mainstream media has been portrayed in an ecumenical light, publicising the plight Christians in Syrian and the Middle East. Naturally the geopolitics about the United States, European Union, Ukraine, NATO and other controversial themes if they are discussed will be kept private. The Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church are twins though not identical. It is only a matter of time before the rift is mended.