"LORD OF THE WORLD"
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
The Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church have just elected Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as their new Pope, and he has taken the name Benedict XVI. While many will disagree with him on various religious issues, it is worth noting how his papacy will view the "new world order" and Socialism.
On February 8, 1992 Cardinal Ratzinger delivered a speech at the Catholic University of Milan that was critical of President George H. W. Bush's "new world order." In the speech, Cardinal Ratzinger recalled Robert Hugh Benson's 1907 book LORD OF THE WORLD and said it described "a similar unified civilization and its power to destroy the spirit. The anti-Christ is represented as the great carrier of peace in a similar new world order."
Therefore, a closer look at Benson's book is in order. Not only was Benson prescient in terms of writing about "the Volor" (a fast silent aircraft that could hover), but he also wrote: "In 1917...Communism really began....The new order began then....(After 1989) the final scheme of Western Free Trade....Esotericism is making enormous strides---and that means Pantheism....Humanitarianism is becoming an actual religion itself. It is Pantheism....Patriotism has been dying fast....(There is) this European parliament....(They believe) cooperation is the one hope of the world....(There will be) the alliance of Psychology and Materialism....With the Release Act in 1998...(there were) the ministers of euthanasia....Julian Felsenburgh (Lord of the World) had a magnetic character...rising out of the heaving dun-coloured waters of American Socialism like a vision....Felsenburgh's running the whole thing now....It will mean free trade all over the world....(His) speech consisted of a brief announcement of the great fact of Universal Brotherhood....The new era has begun....Party must unite with party, country with country, and continent with continent....Felsenburgh was called the Son of Man...the Savior of the World....Persecution was coming....It involved all the stupendous force of Socialism directed by a brilliant individual....America was powerless: the balance of power was overwhelmingly against her....This appearance of peace has deceived many....The press was engineered with extraordinary adroitness....The world is one now, not many. Individualism is dead. It died when Felsenburgh became President of the World....For any one to say that they believe in God---it is high treason....The Humanity Religion was the only one. Man was God....No actual point of light breaking the appalling vault of gloom."
Note how in 1907 Benson correctly described the Communist movement coming to the fore in 1917, the final scheme of Western Free Trade in 1989, and ministers of euthanasia (e.g., Dr. Jack Kevorkian) in 1998. Note also that Benson referred to "the stupendous force of Socialism," and that is why Cardinal Ratzinger's choice of the name Benedict XVI is of interest. The last Pope by that name, Benedict XV, on July 25, 1920 delivered an encyclical BONUM SANE, in which he warned: "The coming of a world state is longed for, by all the worst and most distorted elements. This state, based on the principles of absolute equality of men and a community of possessions, would banish all national loyalties. In it no acknowledgment would be made of the authority of a father over his children, or of God over human society. If these ideas are put into practice, there will inevitably follow a reign of unheard-of terror." Pope Benedict XV then went on to warn of the contagion of Socialism.
Look at how many other things about which Benson wrote have come to pass: Esotericism making enormous strides (the New Age), a European parliament, an engineered press, the death of Individualism, the Humanity Religion (John Dewey's humanism or "common faith"), and "point of light" (President George H. W. Bush's famous term). John Dewey was the "father of progressive education" and a member of the American Society for Psychical Research, as were other notables such as President Theodore Roosevelt, William James ("father of American psychology"), author Mark Twain, attorney Clarence Darrow, and environmentalist Clifford Pinchot (a member of Skull & Bones). Robert Hugh Benson's father was the Archbishop of Canterbury whose second wife was Mary Sidgwick, sister of Henry Sidgwick, who was Bertrand Russell's tutor and a co-founder of the Society for Psychical Research in England with prominent members such as Prime Ministers William Gladstone and Arthur Balfour, John Ruskin (Cecil Rhodes' mentor), as well as Lord Alfred Tennyson (who desired a Parliament of Man in the Federation of the World) and famous author Lewis Carroll.
Could it be that Robert Hugh Benson wasn't just amazingly accurate in his predictions in LORD OF THE WORLD, but rather he was relating what he had heard these powerful and influential members of the Society for Psychical Research discussing when he was just a young boy---the power elite's plan for a World Socialist Government? John Dewey in his 1929 book, INDIVIDUALISM, OLD AND NEW, predicted: "We are in for some kind of socialism, call it by whatever name we please, and no matter what it will be called when it is realized."
In Dewey's A COMMON FAITH (1934), the year after he co-authored the first HUMANIST MANIFESTO, he expressed his desire for the "surrender of the conception of the basic division (the saved and the lost) to which supernatural Christianity is committed." In other words, the teaching of Christ should be ignored ! This is one reason the reaction of the liberal media and press to Cardinal Ratzinger's election is so revealing. Almost all of them upon hearing of his election expressed grave concern because in a paper titled "Dominus Iesus" (2000), he claimed other faiths were "deficient." Why the shock and horror? A Baptist or a Muslim chooses to become a Baptist or a Muslim precisely because they believe other faiths are lacking something (deficient). This is unless the media and press, like John Dewey, believe in a humanistic "common faith" comprised only of values upon which all can agree. In other words, the "engineered press" and media are facilitating the "Humanity Religion" with "Man as God" as predicted by Robert Hugh Benson.
The liberal press and media prefer Man as his own god, humanistically determining what is right or wrong for himself based upon situation ethics, rather than the judgmental God of THE HOLY BIBLE. That is why Cardinal Ratzinger is so disliked by them, because he dared to say communion could be denied to politicians (and their supporters) who support abortion rights, contrary to Biblical teaching. Just wait and see. The liberal press and media along with their leftist allies in the Catholic Church as well as in academia will immediately begin a campaign to undermine the new Pope, just as they have been waging war against fundamentalist Protestants in the U.S. and around the world.
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Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.
Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.
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at how many other things about which Benson wrote have come to pass: Esotericism
making enormous strides (the New Age), a European parliament, an engineered
press, the death of Individualism, the Humanity Religion...