It's simple Popenomics – Catholic Church must turn to New World
Published 20/02/2013 | 15:30
ACCORDING to Stalin's interpreter, in 1944, when the Allies were carving up the soon to be post-Nazi world, the Soviet leader responded to Churchill's concern about the fate of Polish Catholics in a Soviet sphere.
When Churchill mused whether it might not be sensible to provoke a conflict with the Vatican over Poland, Stalin is alleged to have dismissed the threat of Rome with the put down: "The Pope? How many battalions does the Pope of Rome have?" To which Pius XII later retorted: "You can tell my son Joseph that he will meet my divisions in heaven."
Whatever the precise veracity of these great lines, it is clear that the position of the pope has always been, and will continue to be, as much geo-political as spiritual.