Populorum Progressio 78: Toward an Effective World Authority

Did Pope Paul VI have a hope they were moving Toward an Effective World Authority in 1967? Today, what could we say? Corruption is still overwhelming in many nations. Maybe most of them. Here in the US, more and more we have celebrities vying for national office and at the state and local level, we have many, too many subpar persons involved in elective office who have less of a sense of public service.

Let’s face it: the powerful have abandoned, superceded, or taken over nations. They do not believe in any authority other than themselves.

78. Such international collaboration among the nations of the world certainly calls for institutions that will promote, coordinate and direct it, until a new juridical order is firmly established and fully ratified. We give willing and wholehearted support to those public organizations that have already joined in promoting the development of nations, and We ardently hope that they will enjoy ever growing authority. As We told the United Nations General Assembly in New York: “Your vocation is to bring not just some peoples but all peoples together as (sisters and) brothers. . . Who can fail to see the need and importance of thus gradually coming to the establishment of a world authority capable of taking effective action on the juridical and political planes?”

This encyclical letter is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and can be found in its entirety at this link.

The image is of Lady Justice at the Central Criminal Court of London.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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