For the past century the world has been submerged in terrible chaos. All of the conflicts experienced by humanity until this point were nothing in comparison with the warfare of the twentieth century. And it wasn’t just because of military apparatus, but also cruel ideologies employed with the intention of oppressing humanity.
How often were ideas launched by Karl Marx in the 19th century to be found at the root of these abuses, later to spread throughout the entire world under misleading disguises. Many of those who lived during this period did not comprehend the necessity of practicing vigilance as the Divine Master had directed (Cf. Mt 26:41), and, forgetting that the children of light must also be as shrewd as serpents (Cf. Mt 10:16), they witnessed the errors of Russia spreading throughout the world, just as predicted by the Virgin of Fatima.
One hundred million deaths, the greater part of them occurring among the poor, was the sinister price paid for the lack of preparation before the steadily advancing evil… Among the dead were an unending list of priests, religious men and women, fathers and mothers of families, children, elderly, etc., people who anonymously or shining by their example, suffered atrocious persecutions especially for professing the Catholic religion.
Can a Christian find something good about an “intrinsically perverse” communist doctrine, a doctrine which is not only directly opposed to the teachings of Jesus, but also intends to finish off with natural rights, something that even the most decadent of ancient civilizations never attempted? Is there any similarity between this appalling doctrine and the works of mercy that the Church has undertaken for centuries? What “benefits” does communism bring to the world, besides the dubious effects of atheism and generalized poverty? Does the supposed standard of the poor hoisted by the communists (sic!!!) mean casting into poverty all of those who cry out under the yoke of Marxism? It must be, because to help the poor, communism is of the theory that “misery loves company”…
It has been a century, as we noted above, since the persecutions began, but let us not forget that the theory came to light many decades before… A lesson that we cannot overlook for the future of a humanity that, unfortunately, no longer has Almighty God in the heart.
[Francis]: I say only that the Communists have stolen the flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel. The poor are at the center of the Gospel. Let’s take Matthew 25, the protocol on which we will be judged: I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was in prison, I was sick, naked. Or, let us look at the Beatitudes, another flag. The communists say that all this is communist. Yes, right, twenty centuries later. Now when they speak one could say to them: but you are Christians. (Interview with Franca Giansoldati, June 29, 2014)
[Francis] Her materialism had no hold over me. But learning about it through a courageous and honest person was helpful. I realized a few things, an aspect of the social, which I then found in the social doctrine of the Church. (Interview with Eugenio Scalfari, October 1, 2013)
[Francis] The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.
[Andrea Tornielli] The most striking part of the Exhortation was where it refers to an economy that ‘kills’…
[Francis] There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church. I wasn’t speaking from a technical point of view, what I was trying to do was to give a picture of what is going on. The only specific quote I used was the one regarding the ‘trickle-down theories’ which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist. (Interview with Andrea Tornielli, December 14, 2013)
Enter the various parts of our study
I – The devastating communist doctrine versus the divine Christian doctrine
II – Intrinsically perverse system condemned by the Church
III – Communist sophisms attempt to deceive Catholics
IV – The communist ‘openness’ toward Christians is inhuman persecution
V – Helping the poor is not an ideological standard, but rather a normal trait of the Church’s charity