94 – Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are (II): “It is strange but, if I talk about this, some say that the Pope is communist”

As everyone knows, the famous saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” insinuates an adaptation to the customs and culture of the places we visit, in order to feel more at ease and be more easily accepted by the inhabitants. This norm is applied, obviously, to those practices that don’t offend good morals, for it’s also true that as good Catholics we should never frequent places where this could occur. Even more, in places where our faith might be put at risk.
Now, in the previous entry of this study, we had taken a look at the protagonists of the two events of the World Meeting of Popular Movements celebrated in Rome and in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, under the auspices of Pope Francis and promoted by the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace in collaboration with the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences. In light of these considerations, any Catholic should have the chills to participate in such events, which are no more than turbulent political rallies. Nonetheless, even graver than the error of participating, would be letting oneself be influenced by the subversive ideas that were proclaimed during the varied speeches that took place.

Now, what would we think of someone who presents himself at such an encounter, and perhaps, inebriated by the incendiary revolutionary speeches, unites himself to them with his words? It would be bringing to the extreme a poor adaptation of the old saying: “When in Rome…”
And us, what do we chose? The revolutionary speeches of social leaders, or the words of the Magisterium?

Francis

“It is strange but, if I talk about this, some say that the Pope is communist.”

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

ContentsAuthors
 I – Agitation, hatred toward higher classes, rebellion, thirst for justice: instruments for struggle to change the system
II
– Economic failure and oppression: typical fruits of communism and socialism
III
– Illusions, utopias and fantasies of a ‘better world’ are always propagated by Marxists, Socialists and Communists


I – Agitation, hatred toward higher classes, rebellion, thirst for justice: instruments for struggle to change the system


Leo XIII

Communists and socialists urge the popular passions on to lawlessness and sedition

Pius X

When defending the cause of the poor avoid using language that might inspire aversion toward the upper classes of society
Christians may not foster enmities and dissensions between the classes of civil society

Benedict XV

The fallacies of the agitators drive the poor against the rich
The enemies of the Church insidiously incite to make immoderate demands, fostering hatred amongst classes
The poor should be wary of the enemies who teach to violate the rights of others
The errors of Socialism should be overcome by brotherly love, which is not calculated to get rid of the differences of conditions and classes
Socialists present themselves as offering ‘better conditions’, employing acrimonious language to incite the multitudes to social revolution
The distinction of social classes proceeds from nature, and so from the very will of God, since ‘He himself made both small and great’

Pius XI

This organized and militant atheism works tirelessly through its agitators, promoting special expositions and conferences
Communists put the Holy Cross together with the symbols of modern imperialism, associating the war against God with the battle for bread, land possession, adequate salaries and respectable habitation
The enemies of all order take advantage of the economic crisis to spread destructive delirium of their opinions
With the dialectical aspect of their materialism, Communists claim that conflict carries the world forward - class struggle becomes a ‘crusade’ for the progress of humanity
The apostles of Communism take advantage of the needs of the poor to kindle their hearts to envy the rich

Pius XII

Inequalities of culture, wealth and social position do not constitute any obstacle for the existence of an authentic spirit of community and fraternity
To expect the absolute equality of all would be the same as seeking to give identical functions to the diverse members of a single organism
The attempt to rupture the links between managers and workers is the pretension of blind and irrational despotism

John XXIII

Anyone who ventures to deny that there are differences among social classes contradicts the very laws of nature and God’s command

Paul VI

The illusion and danger for a Christian to enter into the practice of class struggle
The Church cannot adhere to Marxist social and political movements: they hold false notions of man, of history, and the world
Class struggle, promoted by false and dangerous ideologies, fatally leads to violence and oppression, conducing to an authoritarian and totalitarian system

John Paul II

Cases where the ‘option for the poor’ led to a ‘politicization’ of the consecrated life, leading to conflicts, violence and partisan choices

Benedict XVI

Marxists reject true charity since they consider it a means of preserving the status quo and slowing down a potential revolution

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The ‘marxist analysis’ proffers that an intolerable and explosive situation requires ‘effective action’: something that ‘cannot be put off’
A marxist axiom: class struggle is the fundamental law of history – to preach love for the poor is to maintain an illusion with bad faith to favor capitalism
Another marxist axiom: the ‘driving force of history’ is class struggle, bringing about the ‘self-redemption’ of man – this is opposed to the faith of the Church
A political policy conceived as a purely temporal messianism – their ‘option for the poor’ with class struggle, the driving force of history
Class struggle demands that the rich class is viewed an enemy to be fought. The love of neighbor is only for the ‘new man’, who arises out of the victorious revolution
The ‘theologies of liberation’ create disastrous confusion between the ‘poor’ of the Scripture and the ‘proletariat’ of Marx: fight for the rights of the poor within the ideological perspective of the class struggle
The ‘theologies of liberation’ seek to ‘conscientize’: the people must ‘take conscience’ that it is being oppressed in the light of the organized struggle for freedom

II – Economic failure and oppression: typical fruits of communism and socialism


Leo XIII

Not only temporal possessions but also morality and religion threatened by the great error of socialism

Pius XI

The Communist doctrines are full of illusions and have shown to be incapable of giving the worker a true and lasting material and spiritual wellbeing

Pius XII

Capitalism of the State (communism) always ends up compressing and subduing the workers within a giant work machine
Marxism promises workers the factories and the peasants the earth - but after having sowed hatred, they impoverish the poor and make terror reign
The Church rejects communism as a social system in virtue of natural law and Christian doctrine

COMMUNISM: a failed utopia.
CAPITALISM: at the level of its basic principles is conformed to natural law, and so according to social doctrine of the Church, though its abuses are condemnable.
THE THIRD WAY between Communism and Capitalism: another utopia


John Paul II

Communism: a failed utopia. Capitalism: at the level of its basic principles is conformed to natural law, and so according to social doctrine of the Church, though its abuses are condemnable. The third way between them is another utopia
In the name of justice and equality Marxism violated the liberty and the dignity of the individual and civil society: making him a slave
The economic failure of communism resulted in a tragic utopia – the pretension of building a new world without God has proven illusory
The course of world history itself is showing the fallacy of the solutions proposed by Marxism

Benedict XVI

Marxist panacea: collectivization of the means of production as the remedy for all social problems

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Communism: in the name of the liberation of the people, keeps whole nations in conditions unworthy of mankind

III – Illusions, utopias and fantasies of a ‘better world’ are always propagated by Marxists, Socialists and Communists


Leo XIII

Socialists make foolish promises to the people, so as to advance toward the fulfillment of the most criminal proposals
Working on the poor man’s envy, socialists vainly contend that individual possessions should become the common property of all
Many attempt to spread the hideous deformities of communism and socialism, under the pretext of helping the multitude

Pius X

Jesus exhorted love of our neighbor without instilling sentiments of rebellion – He did not respect false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared
The true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries, nor innovators

Benedict XV

The cause of justice and truth is not defended with violence nor with disorder
The Church, unlike the adversaries, doesn’t offer deceitful things - She is affectionate mother of the rich and the poor

Pius XI

Communism, long since rejected scientifically and proved erroneous by experience, spreads by making the most extravagant promises to the working classes
The Communists’ perfidious tactic: worming their way even into the Church by inviting collaboration from Catholics in the realm of so-called humanitarianism
The poor, while trying to better their condition, should always remain ‘poor in spirit’

Pius XII

The false pastors, who boast of friendship with the people, call the good bad, and the bad good
The ‘People’ live a life of their own; the ‘masses’ are an easy plaything in the hands of the manipulators who know how to take advantage of their instincts

John Paul II

An erroneous ideal: the only hope to improve society is to promote conflict and hatred between social groups, in the utopia of a society without classes
The error of interpreting the problem of the poor in a Marxist key: misguided ideology and utopias that succumb to violence
The communist utopia dragged many into a lie that deeply wounded human nature: they sacrificed family, energies and even human dignity
Faith based on Revelation and the Magisterium preserves evangelization from human utopias: a social transformation with violence leading to class struggle
Communism: a very great injustice, a destructive utopia which did not achieve ‘the paradise of absolute justice’
Systems that auto-proclaimed themselves as scientific social renovations proved to be tragic utopias. Faith in Christ has shown that, far from being the opium of the people, it is the best guarantee and the stimulus of their liberty

Benedict XVI

Marx’s real error is materialism – it was and still remains an endless source of fascination. But it is not possible to redeem man only through the economy
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