In a interview with CNBC Jan. 5, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that Barack Obama’s most important, or defining task would be the creation of “a new world order.”

“The president-elect is coming into office at a moment when there is upheaval in many parts of the world simultaneously,” said Kissinger. “He can give new impetus to American foreign policy partly because the reception of him is so extraordinary around the world. I think his task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when, really, a new world order can be created.”

Some commentators have suggested that the highly escalated conflicts in the Middle East and the world financial crisis have made the time ripe for a long-anticipated and foreshadowed ‘New World Order’ to come to fruition. Michael O’Brien, who has written extensively on the ‘new world order,’ spoke with about Kissinger’s statement.

“Only in one sense is Kissinger’s analysis correct,” said O’Brien. “The current world situation is presently one of a multitude of crises and at the same time a moment of opportunity. However, positing a leap towards what he calls a ‘new world order’ is fraught with difficulties.

“What does the term mean? In all likelihood it can only mean an imposed top-down global social-political revolution.  In other words, solutions would then come from a reigning authority over all nations putting aside individual conscience and principles of national self-determination.”

O’Brien added: “A true and healthy order in the human community can only arise from an internal revolution of the moral order. It cannot be imposed without imposing greater ills.”

For pro-life advocates, the proposal of a ‘new world order’ has been linked to the anti-life principles promoted at the United Nations. Pope Benedict, while still a Cardinal, expounded on this matter in the introduction to Michel Schooyans’ 1997 book, The Gospel: Confronting World Disorder. Cardinal Ratzinger denounced the ‘new world order’ describing it as more or less a culmination of Marxism.

“The typical character of this new anthropology, which is at the basis of the New World Order, is revealed above all in the image of woman … proposed at Beijing,” he wrote. “The goal is the self-realization of women for whom the principle obstacles are the family and maternity.”


A longer version of this article originally appeared Jan. 7 at and is reprinted with permission.