The topic here is one that few Catholics give much "mental space" to, but I've heard is well worth considering. I listened to the entire lengthy presentation this evening, and I'm convinced there's more to the issue than usually meets the eye. The best part of the presentation, in my view, was after he begins discussing Cecil Rhodes and his Freemason-inspired vision for the world, which takes him all the way up to the Council on Foreign Relations and the United Nations.
Here are three quotations. The first is from a 1922 Foreign Affairs article:
“Obviously there is going to be no peace or prosperity for manking as long as the earth remains divided into 50 or 60 independent states and until some kind of international system is created. The real problem today is that of the world government."The second is from a 1952 speech by John Foster Dulles to the American Bar Association, in which he addresses how international treaties supersede national laws:
“They are more supreme than ordinary laws... treaty laws can override the Constitution. They can cut across the rights give to the people by their constitutional Bill of Rights.”The third is from a book entitled Kissinger on the Couch, by retired Navy Admiral Chester Ward:
“The goal of the CFR is submergence of the US sovereignty and national independence into an all-powerful one world government ... this lust to surrender the sovereignty and independence of the United States is pervasive throughout most of the membership ....”All of this reminds me of the overheated fantasies of Auguste Comte, who thought he could enlist the help of Rome's Jesuits in his quest for an international "scientific" religion replacing God with Man (maybe now he could have succeeded), or Charles Maurras's Action française, which did manage to enlist the tacit support of both Pope St. Pius X and neo-scholastic Thomist Garrigou-Lagrange, despite the anti-supernaturalist fantasy at its humanist core.
A funny world we live in.
Related -- an interesting Canadian example:
The "tour guide" here, Bro Frank Albo, is himself a Freemason.