Pope’s Audacity in calling for Sympathy,Solidarity,Healing of Wound & Revolution in Historic TED Talk

April 29, 2017


Convened annually, TED, Technology Entertainment Design, conferences have become extremely popular and influential, especially in this digital era where social media has taken over. This year’s conference had a surprising guest speaker (April 26), who gave, not such a surprising address, at least not surprising for students of Bible Prophecy. Although not in present personally, Pope Francis’ message, which was taped at the Vatican and shown at the conference, to some of the greatest thinkers and innovators of our time, according to worldly standards that is, rang loud and clear: “Empower yourselves, unite in solidarity and influence people with that collective power;” which by interpretation means “use your power and platforms to broadcast the Pope’s message to  give him greater power, and force the people to accept that message and method and influence politicians.”


A portion of the Pope’s message, titled “The Future You” reads as follows: “First and foremost, I would love it if this meeting could help to remind us that we all need each other, none of us is an island, an autonomous and independent ‘I,’ separated from the other, and we can only build the future by standing together, including everyone…Even the harsh judgment I hold in my heart against my brother or my sister, the open wound that was never cured… is only going to hurt me…How wonderful would it be if solidarity, this beautiful and, at times, inconvenient word, were not simply reduced to social work, and became, instead, the default attitude in political, economic and scientific choices, as well as in the relationships among individuals, peoples and countries. Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the ‘culture of waste…’ Solidarity is a term that many wish to erase from the dictionary…We have so much to do, and we must do it together…When there is an ‘us,’ there begins a revolution.”[1]


A major theme running throughout Pope Francis’ speech was the idea of healing open wounds. This was the same message that he carried as he traveled to Egypt in the very same week. This should make Seventh-day Adventists’ antennas go up.  The primary wound that Pope Francis is so desperate to have healed is the deadly wound inflicted upon the Roman Catholic Church in 1798 when the church lost its political power and its standing as the ruler of the world (Revelation 13:3). He further elaborates on his point about healing wounds by referencing the parable of the Good Samaritan, not failing to mention the man’s wounds being healed.  However, Pope Francis realizes that in order for the Papacy’s wounds to be healed, there must be a collective call favoring such, hence Pope Francis’ call for solidarity, oneness, a united “us.”


Along with his frequent references to healing wounds, another recurring theme in Pope Francis’ public addresses is his urging of solidarity to affect a revolution—a radical change ideologically, socially and politically. His TED speech was no exception as he expressed the importance of individuals becoming educated in “true solidarity,” which means solidarity according to the Roman Catholic Church, which poses itself as a noble undertaking, but really serves the interest of Roman Catholicism. The principle of solidarity happens to be a major pillar of Roman Catholic social teaching that coincides perfectly with the concept of “the common good”—the surrendering of individual rights for the well-being of society.  Along with other Roman Catholic social teachings, the foundation of this concept was laid by Pope Leo XIII in his 1891 encyclical letter, Rerum novarum (revolutionary change). From the Roman Catholic Church, it is defined thus, “Solidarity is one of the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching… it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.’”[2] It was Roman Catholic “solidarity” united with revolution that overthrew communism in 1989 under the union of Roman Catholicism and the United States of America, and thus it will be those very elements that will bring about the overthrow of the Papacy’s most hated enemy—true Protestants. The solidarity movement is also intimately connected with Sunday observance as seen in this Yahoo News article headline: “Poland’s Solidarity union to table Sunday shopping ban.”[3]


Pope Francis’ message concludes with the following words of appeal: “The future of humankind isn't exclusively in the hands of politicians, of great leaders, of big companies. Yes, they do hold an enormous responsibility. But the future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a ‘you’ and themselves as part of an ‘us.’ We all need each other. And so, please, think of me as well with tenderness, so that I can fulfill the task I have been given for the good of the other, of each and every one, of all of you, of all of us. Thank you.”


This is the very last thought that Pope Francis wants the listeners to leave with. He wants them to have sympathy for him so that he can fulfill the task given him.  What is Pope Francis’ task as firstly a Jesuit and secondly as Pope? It is his goal to overthrow Protestantism, reestablish Popery and utterly demolish all who oppose Roman Catholicism. One only has to read the extreme Jesuit Oath of Induction to realize the insidious and deadly tasks and purposes of Pope Francis. Francis realizes that in order for a revolution to take place, which will sweep the Papacy into supremacy, which he called for in this very speech, the people must be united, have tenderness or sympathy with Roman Catholicism so they can be indoctrinated with Roman Catholic social teachings and principles and then they can influence politicians and great leaders to do whatever they demand; yea even impose a National Sunday Law. It is Sunday sacredness that creates this tenderness or sympathy with Rome and then the restriction of civil liberties.


“Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.”[4]




[1] http://time.com/4755663/pope-francis-ted-talk-transcript/


[2] http://www.catholicsocialteaching.org.uk/principles/glossary/#Solidarity


[3] https://www.yahoo.com/news/polands-solidarity-union-table-sunday-shopping-ban-181300540.html


[4] White, Ellen.  The Great Controversy (1911), page 588

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