Neither socialism or
communism are acceptable.
In the Encyclical of
Pope Leo XIII, "Quod Apostolici Muneris", Communism is called...
"the fatal plague which
insinuates itself into the very marrow of human society only to bring about its
Anno", Pope Pius XI, said the following regarding socialism...
considered as a doctrine, or an historical fact, or a movement, Socialism, if it
remains truly Socialism... cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the
Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to
Christian truth... [N]o one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true
"Communism is intrinsically
wrong, and no one who would save Christian civilization may collaborate with it
in any undertaking whatsoever." (Pope Pius XI)
"Communism by its nature is
anti-religious. It considers religion as 'the opiate of the people' because the
principles of religion which speak of a life beyond the grave dissuade the
proletariat from the dream of a...paradise which is of this world." (Pope Pius
"Where Communism has been able
to assert its power...it has striven by every possible means, as its champions
openly boast, to destroy Christian civilizations and the Christian religion by
banishing every remembrance of them from the hearts of men, especially of the
young." (Pope Pius XI)
"[Communism] strips man of his
liberty, robs human personality of all its dignity and removes all the moral
restrains that check the eruptions of blind impulse. There is no recognition of
any right of the individual in his relations to the collectivity; no natural
right is accorded to human personality, which is a mere cog-wheel in the
Communist system. In man's relations with other individuals, besides, Communists
hold the principle of absolute equality, rejecting all hierarchy and divinely
constituted authority, including the authority of parents." (Pope Pius XI)
"Hence, it is clear that the
main tenet of socialism, community of goods, must be utterly rejected, since it
only injures those whom it would seem meant to benefit, is directly contrary to
the natural rights of mankind, and would introduce confusion and disorder into
the commonweal." (Pope Leo XIII)
"There would be today neither
Socialism or Communism if the rulers of the nations had not scorned the
teachings and maternal warnings of the Church. On the bases of Liberalism and
laicism they wished to build other social edifices which, powerful and imposing
as they seemed at first, all too soon revealed the weaknesses of their
foundations, and today are crumbling one after another before our eyes, as
everything must crumble that is not grounded on the one cornerstone which is
Christ Jesus." (Pope Pius XI)
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