The Holy see is the “legal personality” of the worldwide pastoral ministry of the Bishop of Rome as head of the Catholic Church.
Pope Benedict XVI used his address to the new ambassador from the Netherlands to outline how the Catholic Church views its role in diplomatic relations.
“In acting as a voice for the voiceless and defending the rights of the defenseless, including the poor, the sick, the unborn, the elderly, and the members of minority groups who suffer unjust discrimination,” said Pope Benedict, “the Church seeks always to promote natural justice as it is her right and duty to do.”
Although the terms “Vatican State” and “Holy See” are often used interchangeably they are very different things.
According to international law and diplomatic custom, it is the Holy See and not the Vatican City State that is the recognized “legal personality” of the worldwide pastoral ministry of the Bishop of Rome as head of the Catholic Church.
Therefore the Holy See existed for centuries as a diplomatic entity before the creation of the Vatican City State in 1929.
And it is the Holy See, not the Vatican City State, which exchanges diplomatic representations with 179 countries and is also represented at many inter-governmental bodies including the European Union and the United Nations.
Pope Benedict explained to the new Dutch Ambassador, Joseph Weterings, that the relationship between the Holy See and other states was “clearly of a different character from those between nation-states.”
“The Holy See is not an economic or military power,” he said, yet “its moral voice exerts considerable influence around the world.”
The reason for this influence, said the Pope, was precisely because the unchanging moral stance of the Holy See “is unaffected by the political or economic interests of a nation-state or the electoral concerns of a political party.”
Its contribution to international diplomacy, therefore, consists “largely in articulating the ethical principles that ought to underpin the social and political order,” and also “in drawing attention to the need for action to remedy violations of such principles.”
Obviously the opinions of the Holy See are drawn “from the standpoint of the Christian faith,” but “Christianity has always pointed to reason and nature as the sources of the norms on which a state of law should be built,” the Pope said to the ambassador.
Therefore the Holy See conducts its diplomacy not on “confessional nor on pragmatic grounds” but on the basis of “universally applicable principles that are as real as the physical elements of the natural environment,” he said.
Catholics make up about 25 percent of the Netherland’s population of 16 million, making it the country’s largest religious group.
The Pope explains what is its goal, for the “Holy See”s activities on the Global arena:
“largely in articulating the ethical principles that ought to underpin the social and political order.”
Since the Pope is erupting into social and political chaos, the Pope feels he has a role to play in bringing peace to the World.
The “Prince of peace” will come and bring peace to the World, but not inline with the desires of the International community. The Pope has a different agenda, than to preach the gospel about the Messiah. The head of the Vatican has absolutely no ambition to tell people about the blood of Jesus, and that mankind will spend eternity in Heaven or Hell.
The pontiffs makes this known to the 169 nations, who recognizing the “Holy See” as a religious leaders, that participate in politics.
The Holy See has a clear understanding, of what kind of rules and principles the World must be governed.
On the basis of “universally applicable principles that are as real as the physical elements of the natural environment,”.
Jesus the Messiah did not preach “universally applicable principles”. If He had done so, the Whole World would have embraced Him. Since the Messiah preached a very subjective message, a lot of people wanted to kill him. They were the elite in Jerusalem, and probably of the same ambassadorial class that now hails the Pope.
The anti-Chist in flesh in Rome, is truly loved by all nations. The final anti-Christ will be a globally accepted Word leader, that with govern with the approval and blessings of the Pope: Must likely preaching the same universal false gospel.
2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
The final Anti-Christ will be silenced by the splendor of the returning Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. Not before. Lord we miss you. We are awaiting your return. Amen.