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Rome to Regain Control of the World
The Elusive Constitution
Lord John Acton, a Roman Catholic, wrote toward the end of the nineteenth century, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." He was speaking of the papacy, whom he called "the fiend skulking behind the Crucifix."
Strong words coming from a Roman Catholic, but he was by no means alone in holding these sentiments. Many Catholics felt this way.
Have things changed in the last 120 years? Does the Vatican now have a constitution that guarantees freedom of conscience to all, and does it avoid placing absolute power into the hands of a single individual? If so, then perhaps we can discount Ellen White's prediction of the Vatican's eventual world supremacy and a revival by it of the persecutions of the past.
The closest thing we can find to the "Apostolic Constitution of 1967" is the 1967 Apostolic Constitution entitled "The Doctrine of Indulgences." But an ecclesiastical endorsement of a doctrine that teaches that you can get an early release from purgatory in exchange for certain works is hardly the type of constitution we are looking for.
Before continuing, we need to take a look at a little more of Ellen White's prediction. At the time the following was written, Protestants were seeking to enforce Sunday rest, and were asking for the help of Rome in accomplishing this:
"It is the boast of Rome that she never changes." This is acknowledged to be the case even by the ecumenically minded, who have chosen to put past opposition to the papacy behind them:
It is interesting to note to what extent the present form of American government is a reaction to the abuses of the papacy of years gone by:
Have the principles of the papacy changed? Does it now have a constitution that protects the minority? Does its system of government now have a separation of powers, impeachment proceedings, and free elections? If not, if there have been no changes and no reforms, what impediment exists to prevent a revival of the abuses of the past? Just a promise? Can it really be so that in this modern era of civil and religious freedoms that the head of Vatican City is still an absolute dictator for life, accountable to no one, unelected by the people?
The very fact that after so many centuries there are still no safeguards in place to prevent the abuses of the past from occurring again gives us no assurance that Ellen White's prediction will not take place.