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Pope Says: Don’t Undermine UN Authority

From those fans of world governance at Reuters:

Pope warns against undermining U.N.

By Philip Pullella

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Countries that act unilaterally on the world stage undermine the authority of the United Nations and weaken the broad consensus needed to confront global problems, Pope Benedict said on Friday.

In a major speech to the U.N. General Assembly, the pope also said the international community sometimes had the duty to intervene when a country could not protect its own people from “grave and sustained violations of human rights.”

The international community must be “capable of responding to the demands of the human family through binding international rules,” said the 81-year-old pope, who spoke after meeting privately with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

He said the notion of multilateral consensus was “in crisis because it is still subordinated to the decisions of a few, whereas the world’s problems call for interventions in the form of collective action by the international community.”

While Benedict did not mention any country, this appeared to refer to the United States, which led the 2003 invasion of Iraq despite a Security Council refusal to approve it.

The Vatican strongly opposed the recourse to war.

Benedict, who met U.S. President George W. Bush during his Washington visit, called for “a deeper search for ways of pre-empting and managing conflicts by exploring every possible diplomatic avenue, and giving attention and encouragement to even the faintest sign of dialogue or desire for reconciliation.”

In an apparent reference to the conflict in the Sudanese region of Darfur, the pope said every state had the “primary duty” to protect its citizens from human rights violations and humanitarian crises but outside intervention was sometimes justified.

If states are unable to guarantee such protection, the international community must intervene with the juridical means provided in the United Nations Charter and in other international instruments,” he said.

The pope called human rights, particularly religious freedom, “the common language and ethical substratum of international relations,” and added that promoting human rights was the best strategy to eliminate inequalities.

“Indeed, the victims of hardship and despair, whose human dignity is violated with impunity, become easy prey to the call to violence, and they can then become violators of peace,” he said in an apparent reference to social causes of terrorism.

Benedict called for religious freedom to be protected against secularist views and against majority religions that sideline other faiths — an apparent reference to Muslim states where some Christian minorities report discrimination.

“It should never be necessary to deny God in order to enjoy one’s rights,” he said.

Diplomats from some 200 states gave him a standing ovation when he ended his speech by reading the phrase “peace and prosperity” in the six official languages of the United Nations — English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian…

So the Pope wants the United Nations to intervene in countries where the citizenry is being oppressed by its government?

It’s going to be very busy. And who will decide what constitutes oppression?

And how is it suppose to change anything without “recourse to war”?

Also one wonders if the Pope (and the folks at Reuters) realize that our troops have been in Iraq for years under a series of United Nations mandates?

Or that in its long history the United Nations cannot point to one single accomplishment. (Unless you count its scams like “oil for food” as accomplishments.)

Of course the Pope is only purported to be infallible on matters of faith.

Still, what dangerous nonsense.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 18th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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