“The Holy see” has a seat in the United Nations. This seat is not for the Vatican city, but for the office of a Global Church.
Many people, including my self, has always believed that the United Nations has recognized the Vatican city as an independent statehood.
That is not the case.
The “Holy See” is the Episcopal Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, in which its Bishop is commonly known as the Pope.
It is the preeminent episcopal see of the Catholic Church, forming the central government of the Church. As such, diplomatically, and in other spheres the Holy See acts and speaks for the whole Catholic Church.
Although it is often referred to by the term “the Vatican”, the Holy See is not the same entity as the Vatican City State.
This state came into existence only in 1929, while the Holy See, the episcopal see of Rome, dates back to early Christian times.
Ambassadors are officially accredited not to the Vatican City State but to “the Holy See”, and papal representatives to states and international organizations are recognized as representing the Holy See, not the Vatican City State.
Why is it important to understand the difference between the “Holy See” and the Vatican city?
Because all churches are not going to come under the command of the Vatican city, but under the command of the “Holy Father”, who also claim to be the ‘Vicar of Christ”.
That the United Nations accept the Roman Catholic Church as the only legalized International and worldwide Church, makes the Holy See the only natural head of the One World Religion.
Catholic literally means “Universal”. Everything will finally be included. All who can accept the Pope, will merge into one global “Peace movement”.
There are simply no other candidates, that the United Nations have enabled for this purpose. And all nations will be able to agree on the “Holy see” being the head.
No one else is like the “Holy see”.
Written by Ivar