04/01/2011

Another example of why we need checks on power

The benevolent dictator is one of those dreamy ideas that some see as a better system than democracy and its reliant on politicians. It has its charms but the problem is that not only does power corrupt, but unchecked power attracts those who really aren't benevolent and are just looking for the main chance. This is why we need openess in Government with the separation of executive, legislature and judiciary, civilian control of the police and armed forces and a strong and independent Fourth Estate to ensure that those with ulterior motives do not get into positions of power, or if they do it is checked.

So I wasn't surprised when I read this recent story from Archbishop Cranmer:
Mammon seems to have become a bit of an issue in the Holy See.

Not content with the systematic cover-up of child rape and the sheltering of paedophile priests, it appears that there has been more than a little collusion with the Mafia in money-laundering.

The Vatican Bank (aka the Institute for Works of Religion) has been guarding Peter’s Pence (actually, €1,000,000,000s) since Mussolini cut a deal with the Lateran Pacts in 1929. Its chief exec is accountable to a committee of cardinals, and ultimately to the Pope.
As I say, it shouldn't come as a surprise when you consider:
The Vatican is a sovereign city-state and is not under the jurisdiction of the Godless, secular, anti-Christian, immoral and corrupt EU (despite fervently desiring to foist it upon all other European states). It is all a question of papal sovereignty: the Pontifex Maximus cannot simultaneously be Catholic and subject to a higher temporal authority, especially when that higher authority is somewhat antithetical to Canon Law. The Vatican Bank is not supervised by the IMF and hitherto has not been subject to EU regulations and controls on money-laundering, despite being a member of the eurozone.

Since the Holy See also has no border security, it is perhaps unsurprising that l'Istituto per le Opere di Religione has been a rather useful mechanism for money laundering and tax evasion.
We really should trust nobody, not even, or maybe especially,  those who profess to be so righteous they can moralise about the way the rest of us lead our lives. Ronald Reagan summed it up beautifully: Trust and Verify.

*Some will argue a written constitution as well but that's for another day







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