A Concordat With the Vatican Is Like Dancing With the Devil
Vatican eyes political control and favors in one world government and one world religion quest
By Greg Szymanski, JD
Dec. 27, 2010
Entering into a concordat with the Vatican makes as much sense as dancing barefoot with the devil on a hot bed of coals.
Most Americans have no idea what a Vatican Concordat entails, but if the truth be known it is like signing your own death warrant.
Right now the Vatican and U.S. have established diplomatic relations for appearance sake, but it might as well be a full-blown concordat.
What is a concordat?
“A concordat is a pact between the Vatican and a nation-state whereby the Vatican gains certain political and financial benefits in return for support of a policy or arm of the national government. Such a concordat in a nation with numerous Catholics is also helpful in getting their allegiance or in curbing opposition to the government.” — Prof. John M. Swomley, St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri
“Concordat: An Agreement made between a pope and a very Christian king, through which both of them dispose of things they never had any right to touch in the first place.” — Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach, Portable Theology, 1768
“[When drawing up concordats] the aims of the Church are always the same: money, influence on education and marriage laws. However, not everywhere can the maximal demands be achieved.” — Wolfgang Huber
“…It were to be desired that the Church should never need concordats, and should always find in civil rulers devoted children….” — “Concordats”, Catholic Encyclopaedia, 1913.
“Each concordat marks a state’s renunciation of its own powers and its assumption of the obligation to contribute to those of the Catholic Church. In exchange for these gifts, authoritarian governments buy from the church hierarchy a kind of legitimacy and support for their power, as being in harmony with the commands of God. In some cases they gain influence in the appointment of senior Churchmen. A democratic system does not need this legitimacy […]. Democracy has been the number one enemy of the Church for two centuries — with a short break, during which it was aggressively atheistic totalitarianism [communism] — and there is no reason to believe that it will change. On the other hand, to grant the Church any privileges violates the foundations of democracy, even if the facade is retained.” — Confidential note (therefore anonymous) for Poland’s President Aleksander Kwaśniewski before the ratification of the Polish concordat revealed by MP Ryszard Zając on 12 September 1996 in the Sejm
Since the fall of communism, which was an orchestrated event by the Vatican-led New World Order, the Vatican State has having a fire sale on concordats, entering into them with countries as fast as you can get a bad burger at McDonalds.
In fact, the Vatican has entered into a total of 172 concordats or some sort of diplomatic agreement world wide, granting the Holy, or should we say Hellish See special favor, with the Ivory Coast, State of Scleswig-Holstein (Germany) and the Federal Republic of Brazil being several of the latest.
The web site Concordat Watch explains why a concordat can sometimes being a confusing term:
“The confusion stems from three main sources. First, there really are different kinds of agreements with the Vatican. Second, ever since Vatican II the Holy See itself has not used the word consistently. And third, sometimes it’s politically advisable to pretend that concordats are something else.
“Why aren’t they all called “concordats?
“First, because some of them aren’t. There are different kinds of international agreements and only one type, the treaty, may be called a concordat. A treaty is enforceable under international law, unlike a non-treaty agreement, such as a diplomatic note or a modus vivendi. A concordat implies diplomatic recognition by the Vatican, and to prevent this, agreements concluded with various Communist countries, avoided the international dimension altogether and took the form of a modus vivendi.
“For instance the modus vivendi with Poland, which was the first of these, was officially between the Polish Episcopate and the Communist government, tactfully leaving the Vatican out of it.
“There’s also terminological confusion in the English-language press when reporters make an honest attempt to explain an unfamiliar word. Since Vatican concordats are almost unknown in the English-speaking world, these are often referred to in the press as accords, bilateral agreements, pacts, settlements, conventions or treaties.
“Another reason is that officially, the word concordat was dropped for a time when, after Vatican II (1962-65), these agreements no longer made the Catholicism the state religion. Franco was the last European dictator who would give the Church exclusive religious rights in a concordat. When Spain became a democracy the new agreement in which they relinquished their role as official state church was called an accord. And the agreement with King Hassan II of Marocco in 1983/84 was tactfully called an Exchange of Letters.
“However, in 1993 the term concordat reappeared as the official title of the Polish concordat and in 2004 with the Portuguese concordat, as well. It may be that this was meant to be a special honour to these two countries, as concordat means literally, “a union of hearts”. Poland, after all, was the homeland of John Paul II and Portugual, the country of the Fatima revelations in which he so fervently believed. But this is speculation based only on two examples from one pope. What future policy will be, we do not know.
“And, finally, there are the attempts to pretend that concordats are something else. Sometimes the word “concordat” is unacceptable politically, when neither the Vatican, nor the local politicians care to alert the citizens. Then these agreements are disguised under names, such as “convention” or “endorsement”.
“Napoleon avoided using this term for his Concordat of 1801, fearing that the would be regarded as a sellout of the principles of the French Revolution. Instead, he called it a “Convention” and this tactful term was used by a restored Bourbon monarch for two further concordats in 1828.
“In 1929 the papal nuncio Pacelli (the future Pius XII) negotiated a Concordat with social-democratic Prussia. When Lutherans objected, Pacelli suggested calling the Concordat a ‘solemn convention.’ Everybody was pleased.* Today it is officially titled a “treaty” (Vertrag).
“More recent concordats with secularist France from 1974 and 1999 are called “Endorsements” (Avenants).
Concordats prove the Vatican uses religion as a front in order to gain political control since they are recognized as a temporal power and a City/State.
What is Vatican strategy, according to geo political researchers at Concordat Watch?
These church-state accords generally give the Church massive state subsidies and other privileges. They also permit Church employees to be hounded about their private lives. Yet as “international treaties”, concordats bypass the democratic process, making parliaments powerless to modify, let alone revoke them.
The Vatican’s triple crown: church, government and state. “The Vatican is inserted into the international community because it is a state; once there, it behaves like a church.” By setting up three legal identities and then adroitly switching from one to another, the Vatican has obtained unprecedented legal rights and international influence.
The right gets a concordat, the left, a modus vivendi
Concordats have traditionally been made with rightwing governments, whether absolute monarchies or fascist dictatorships. However, only a quiet working arrangement has been made with authoritarian governments on the left, as these compete with the Church ideologically, rather than complementing it.
Concordats promote authoritarianism
Authoritarianism concentrates power in one man or group. It tends not to remain at the top, but to pervade society at all levels. Blind obedience comes to be seen as the necessary glue for keeping society together, and it is applauded by the mini-dictators throughout such a society. However, as recent research shows, a lack of power is deeply damaging to the individual.
Concordats control women
Concordats can be a powerful tool for social control. These Vatican “treaties” can prohibit divorce, get a woman fired for remarrying or even deny her access to sex education and family planning. Concordats help keep women married and bearing children for the Church. Yet studies have shown that most Catholics worldwide disagree with many key Vatican doctrines — as do many priests.
Concordat agenda: the “Papal dictation”
This internal Vatican memo was dictated by Gregory VII near the beginning of his papacy. It sets an agenda for increasing papal power, and underlies the pope’s demand that William the Conqueror pay him fealty. The English king’s refusal shifted the focus of the power struggle to Vatican control over bishops, which led to the “investiture controversy” and the earliest concordats.
Perspectives: The Second Coming of papal politics
Christoph Prantner of Der Standard offers this view from Austria, which has long experience of Church involvement in politics. The debate about Islam, he says, is also reviving political Catholicism. In Madrid, Paris and Rome the boundaries between church and state are becoming blurred, raising the danger of a return to theological politics.
This is Catholic religious law, the Vatican’s counterpart to (Jewish) Halakha, Hindu Law and Sharia. Concordats help let this law influence the lives of many who are employed or served by Church social service agencies….
Canon Law can cancel civil rights
A Swiss priest was forbidden to research or publish anything about Opus Dei until its founder was safely canonised. A Polish priest was banned from investigating or writing anything about clerical complicity with the Communist Secret Service. And countless others who never make it into the newspapers suffer the same fate. For they are bound by Canon Law, the Church regulations whose jurisdiction is guaranteed by concordats — often in the very first article.