What the Popes Really Say About Socialism

By Gustavo Solimeo   
April 08, 2010

"Hideous", "destructive", "wicked", and "perverted" are only some of the adjectives used by the Popes to describe socialism.  From Pius IX to Benedict XVI, the popes have thoroughly and consistently condemned socialism.  Given the advance of socialism in America, TFP Student Action is glad to offer its readers a brief selection of thought-provoking quotes from the Popes on the topic.



 

Pius-IX

PIUS IX (1846-1878)

The Overthrow of Order

“You are aware indeed, that the goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism, by confusing them with perverted teachings.”
(Encyclical Nostis et Nobiscum, December 8, 1849)


 

 

Leo-XIII

LEO XIII (1878-1903)

Overthrow is Deliberately Planned

“... For, the fear of God and reverence for divine laws being taken away, the authority of rulers despised, sedition permitted and approved, and the popular passions urged on to lawlessness, with no restraint save that of punishment, a change and overthrow of all things will necessarily follow. Yea, this change and overthrow is deliberately planned and put forward by many associations of communists and socialists.”
(Encyclical Humanum Genus, April 20, 1884, n. 27)

Debasing the Natural Union of Man and Woman

“They [socialists, communists, or nihilists] debase the natural union of man and woman, which is held sacred even among barbarous peoples; and its bond, by which the family is chiefly held together, they weaken, or even deliver up to lust.
(Encyclical Quod Apostolici Muneris, December 28, 1878, n. 1)

The Harvest of Misery

“...there is need for a union of brave minds with all the resources they can command. The harvest of misery is before our eyes, and the dreadful projects of the most disastrous national upheavals are threatening us from the growing power of the socialistic movement.”
(Encyclical Graves de Communi Re, January 18, 1901, n. 21)


St-Pius-X

SAINT PIUS X (1903-1914)

The Dream of Re-Shaping Society will Bring Socialism

“But stranger still, alarming and saddening at the same time, are the audacity and frivolity of men who call themselves Catholics and dream of re-shaping society under such conditions, and of establishing on earth, over and beyond the pale of the Catholic Church, ‘the reign of love and justice’ ... What are they going to produce? ... A mere verbal and chimerical construction in which we shall see, glowing in a jumble, and in seductive confusion, the words Liberty, Justice, Fraternity, Love, Equality, and human exultation, all resting upon an ill-understood human dignity. It will be a tumultuous agitation, sterile for the end proposed, but which will benefit the less Utopian exploiters of the people. Yes, we can truly say that the Sillon, its eyes fixed on a chimera, brings Socialism in its train.”
(Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique ["Our Apostolic Mandate"] to the French Bishops, August 15, 1910, condemning the movement Le Sillon)

Benedict-XV

BENEDICT XV (1914-1922)

Never Forget the Condemnation of Socialism

“It is not our intention here to repeat the arguments which clearly expose the errors of Socialism and of similar doctrines. Our predecessor, Leo XIII, most wisely did so in truly memorable Encyclicals; and you, Venerable Brethren, will take the greatest care that those grave precepts are never forgotten, but that whenever circumstances call for it, they should be clearly expounded and inculcated in Catholic associations and congresses, in sermons and in the Catholic press.”
(Encyclical Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, November 1, 1914, n. 13)


 

 

Pius-XI

PIUS XI (1922-1939)

Socialism Cannot Be Reconciled with Catholic Doctrine

“We make this pronouncement: Whether considered as a doctrine, or an historical fact, or a movement, Socialism, if it remains truly Socialism, even after it has yielded to truth and justice on the points which we have mentioned, cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth.”
(Encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, May 15, 1931, n. 117)

Catholic Socialism is a Contradiction

“[Socialism] is based nevertheless on a theory of human society peculiar to itself and irreconcilable with true Christianity. Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.” (Ibid. n. 120)

Pius-XII

PIUS XII (1939-1958)

The Church Will Fight Socialism to the End

“[The Church undertook] the protection of the individual and the family against a current threatening to bring about a total socialization which in the end would make the specter of the 'Leviathan' become a shocking reality. The Church will fight this battle to the end, for it is a question of supreme values: the dignity of man and the salvation of souls." (“Radio message to the Katholikentag of Vienna,” September 14, 1952 in Discorsi e Radiomessaggi, vol. XIV, p. 314)

The All-Powerful State Harms True Prosperity


"To consider the State as something ultimate to which everything else should be subordinated and directed, cannot fail to harm the true and lasting prosperity of nations." (Encyclical Summi Pontificatus, October 20, 1939, n. 60)


John-XXIII

JOHN XXIII (1958-1963)

“No Catholic could subscribe even to moderate socialism”

“Pope Pius XI further emphasized the fundamental opposition between Communism and Christianity, and made it clear that no Catholic could subscribe even to moderate Socialism. The reason is that Socialism is founded on a doctrine of human society which is bounded by time and takes no account of any objective other than that of material well-being. Since, therefore, it proposes a form of social organization which aims solely at production; it places too severe a restraint on human liberty, at the same time flouting the true notion of social authority.” (Encyclical Mater et Magistra, May 15, 1961, n. 34)

 

Paul-VI

PAUL VI (1963-1978)

Christians Tend to Idealize Socialism

“Too often Christians attracted by socialism tend to idealize it in terms which, apart from anything else, are very general: a will for justice, solidarity and equality. They refuse to recognize the limitations of the historical socialist movements, which remain conditioned by the ideologies from which they originated.” (Apostolic Letter Octogesima Adveniens, May 14, 1971, n. 31)

 

John-Paul-II

JOHN PAUL II (1978-2005)

Socialism: Danger of a "simple and radical solution"

“It may seem surprising that ‘socialism’ appeared at the beginning of the Pope's critique of solutions to the ‘question of the working class’ at a time when ‘socialism’ was not yet in the form of a strong and powerful State, with all the resources which that implies, as was later to happen. However, he correctly judged the danger posed to the masses by the attractive presentation of this simple and radical solution to the ‘question of the working class.’" (Encyclical Centesimus Annus - On the 100th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum, May 1, 1991, n. 12)


Benedict-XVI

BENEDICT XVI (2005 - 2013)

We do not Need a State which Controls Everything

“The State which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself, would ultimately become a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person - every person - needs: namely, loving personal concern. We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need. … In the end, the claim that just social structures would make works of charity superfluous masks a materialist conception of man: the mistaken notion that man can live ‘by bread alone’ (Mt 4:4; cf. Dt 8:3) - a conviction that demeans man and ultimately disregards all that is specifically human.” (Encyclical Deus Caritas Est, December 25, 2005, n. 28)

 

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    +90 # Mark Berg 2010-05-24 15:57
    Beautiful- The only reliable thing between good and evil, between rich and poor, the strong and the weak, is the Catholic Church.
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    -19 # Peter Olney 2012-10-30 16:46
    Mark misses the fact that there is more than the "Catholic Church" which stands between good and evil. There are many other good people called Christians who love God and do good from a heart that is in tune with the Almighty. It is time the Catholic Church stopped being short sighted in relation to matters of faith and began to teach the whole truth of the gospels of Jesus Christ without any call to belong to it to be saved, etc.
    There are many in personal Christian work who espouse proper family values and personal life and freedom without State control - or socialism.
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    +31 # Raymond Barnett 2012-10-31 11:42
    For your information there is only one true Church, as instituted by Christ, that is the Catholic Church. It does and always has preached the full truths of the Gospels, and has been the only Church to do so. That is why, many are against it, because they do not wish to hear the full truth, because they will accept only that which is acceptable to themselves. A term that aptly applies to them is "cafeteria catholics", this is one truth some will not like to hear.
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    +10 # Carlos Poblet 2014-01-07 13:45
    The Catholic Church is the Body of Christ, unfortunately divided by heresies from the very beginning of Christianity on earth. The enemy attacks the True Faith mainly. Christians are the Journey to the True Faith, growing in understanding of it's unity. The Holy Spirit is not responsible for more than 30,000 denominations and non-denominations. If I did not believe that The Roman Catholic Church teaches the Truth I would leave and join the "Church of Nice" The truth is that not all of us will be saved. We need to humble ourselves not only to God, but most important on earth to The Church. And there is only one!!!
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    +12 # Rich 2014-01-07 13:58
    Peter
    Remember that the Catholic church goes all the way back to the apostles and was instituted by the Lord JESUS CHRIST from there it has followed the full truth of JESUS CHRIST. ALL other Christian churches started later after the Reformation, for example: The only way for salvation is stated in the Gospel of JOHN 6:52-58
    The only way you can still receive his flesh and drink his blood is ONLY thru the Catholic church. There is no other way.
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    +18 # erin 2012-11-01 09:52
    AMEN TO THAT!!!!! When there is confusion all one really has to do is look to the one true church for truth!!!! The same church Jesus Christ promised He would be with till the end of time. The same church that the Holy Ghost leads. Be aware that a pope has said "the smoke of Satan has entered the church and that is why we see so many nuns who are pro choice into new age, ditching their habits and priests who teach error of socialism! When in doubt refer to the catechism, scripture for the true teachings of salvation!
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    +18 # Teresa 2012-11-05 14:40
    Erin & Raymond couldn't have said it any better. "Catholic" means "Universal" - the Catholic church is well over 2000 years old and others have taken only whatever appeals to them and branched off. Do what Erin says. Check the Catechism and Scripture for the Truth.
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    +80 # K.Dunn 2010-05-24 17:31
    If all Catholics would vote according to our faith, those who are pushing these "changes" would not be in office to put them on the tail end of laws and bills...WAKE UP. We can do all things in Him.
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    +68 # Gil Bastien 2010-05-24 19:26
    I am so impressed and pround that our Popes are solidly against socialism and the danger of big government take over and control.
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    +63 # Dave Mattozzi 2010-05-25 03:42
    Let us all pray for an end to socialism in the world.
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    +18 # Albert H. Wigchert 2010-06-20 22:31
    The intentions of socialism are awesome, yet it cannot work because it is based on wrong assumptions about human nature. Unfortunately, some even among the ranks of priests do no see that. My wife and I personally know a priest who describes himself as a pro-life socialist.
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    -35 # Jan 2011-01-28 10:23
    But we now have gotten socialism confused with religious state -- even Benedict substituted the word state for socialism. They are not the same! Up to the Council, Catholics could hope for a religious state and still had them in five nations; there are similarities between the Catholic state and some features of socialism. Some of the hardships of life are ameliorated by the public recognition of God and the charity -- and regulation! -- that often accompanies it, even among other religions. I myself think it no accident that Liberation Theology sprang into life when the Church abandoned the dream of the Restoration at VII. Of course we dream of something better than our secular nightmare! The Church should restore our dream of the religious state. It is a more feasible political reality now than before, thanks to islam.
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    +7 # Rich 2014-01-07 14:04
    As Catholics we are in the world not of the world. Which means the life to come is what we are striving for, all this world is passing away. So while we are here we are to be leading people to heaven not to a socialistic state which takes the place of GOD. This has been the problem since the fall of Adam and Eve.
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    +42 # Michael Colondrillo 2011-01-28 10:25
    This is quite newsworthy and very gratifying to read. I am a practicing Catholic and many of the priests I know and many of the Sisters I know believe strongly in Socialism. Some Sisters are even Pro-choice!! Shameful!
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    +33 # Jeanne Hamilton 2011-01-28 10:31
    Apparently no one has shown these quotes to the USCCB who haven't seen a tax increase that they didn't approve of. They are constantly buying into the lies of socialism that the state can redistribute wealth for the better good of society.
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    +27 # Judy 2011-01-28 10:53
    Thank you so much for putting this together! It was a labor of love. I am sharing it on facebook and hope many others do the same.
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    +34 # MGeilin 2011-01-28 10:58
    As a practicing Catholic, I am happy to see our Popes clear messages regarding Socialism throughout the years. Glory be to God!
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    +26 # Richard Fuegner 2011-01-28 11:01
    Socialism is still very much a concern by those who promote it. Thus, it should also be a real concern by those who oppose it. But in order that opposition to socialism be supernaturally effective it must be underscored by personal prayer and by promoting the belief that our Catholic religion is not nor has it ever been a private or personal matter, but rather openly discussed with others and in public forums.
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    +45 # Sambuca 2011-01-28 11:10
    We have been tricked by the media into believing the good intentions of president Obama’s Socialistic Policies. His motives and ideals are disastrous to our country.
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    +2 # S. Gorman 2014-01-07 16:55
    You are so right, K! If all Catholics (including those "of the cloth") would truly learn the teachings of our Church and then vote in accordance with them, we could actually control this country entirely! There would be no abortion, homosexual marriages, liberal/progressive/socialist agenda, relativism, etc., etc, etc.
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    +39 # Jennifer 2011-01-28 11:28
    Our Lady of Fatima has said that only the daily Rosary and 1st Saturdays (confession and worthy Communion) will bring peace to the world. Our Lady of America (fully approved by the church) www.ourladyofamerica.org is also calling for faithfulness to the indwelling of the Holy Trinity (being aware of God within at all times and listening to His voice) and for purity. Let's be faithful to the family Rosary, confession and turning off all impure TV. and offering it up for our country. Try www.familyland.tv and Family retreats at www.familyland.org
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    +5 # rebecca 2012-07-03 16:31
    Thanks Jennifer. I'm going to check out the web sites you listed. God bless you as you continue to fight the good fight!
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    +29 # Steve Jurjevic 2011-01-28 11:46
    Communist countries try socialism and nothing works. Poverty after poverty, slavery, misery and dissatisfaction. America wake up! Love and charity always. Poverty, slavery and misery NO. God Bless America!
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    +24 # Jo the Housewife 2011-01-28 12:12
    I would love to print these as posters and post them at our pastoral center!
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    +29 # Don Antinore 2011-01-28 12:28
    Let us all kneel in solidarity and pray that socialism and those who propose it as "the Way of Life" be bathed in the Precious Blood. The only way of life and the only path to eternal salvation is to embrace the out stretched Arms of Jesus. It is, indeed, the evil one who is turning our heads away from the reality of God's Divine Teaching through the Profits and the Gospels!
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    +35 # Robert F albert 2011-01-28 12:40
    And we need to defend American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam.
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    +35 # Speedy 2011-01-28 12:51
    How to defeat "Socialism and Communism"
    Answer: Our Blessed Mother's own words, "To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world."[20]
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    +19 # A. Terranova 2011-01-28 13:31
    Scripture tells us that we are in a battle, perhaps a final battle, between the powers and principalities who are waging war against Our Lord for the souls of mankind. Even though Christ defeated Satan for all eternity by his death on the Cross, Satan is still permitted to tempt us into denying Jesus' total victory over sin and death. The Immaculate Heart of Mary will prevail and Russia will be converted. If anyone is truly interested in knowing the truth about what occurred historically to cause such apostasy within our faith, they should read, "The Jesuits: The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church", by Malachi Martin. Available on Amazon.com
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    +1 # Jack McGrath 2012-10-30 17:03
    I agree with A. Terranova. about reading "The Jesuits: The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church", by Malachi Martin, if you want to understand what has happened within our Church. It is an amazing book. "The Keys of This Blood", also by Malachi, cites an Italian intellectual, Antonio Gramsci, who understood "how the Christian bulwark could and would be undone.."
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    +16 # terry miller 2011-01-28 14:21
    Father Corapi also has a good talk about Socialism. I recommend it.
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    +30 # Diane 2011-01-28 17:45
    Thank God yet again for our good and courageous Popes.
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    +39 # J.NormanSayles 2011-01-28 18:26
    The foundational truth is that Socialism is the step-child of Marxist Communism. A foot in the door will eventually let the real Monster into the living room.
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    +38 # Teri 2011-01-28 18:49
    It is great to hear from the Popes. We are a strong majority that CAN change these concepts if we stay steadfast to the Catholic teachings.
    Let us pray the rosary as Our Mother asks and Kneel to OUR LORD for Communion since its the greatest item on earth.
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    +29 # Dori 2011-01-28 18:52
    I concur with the Popes' teachings. Marxism is by definition a system which in entirely secular and denies any spiritual answer to the human condition. Just ask the soon to be Blessed John Paul II (Santo Subito!)who had to live under a Marxist regime. It advocates violent revolution to bring about social change. The only solution to the human condition is obedience to Christ.
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    +17 # Paul Hrabsky 2011-01-28 22:52
    Let there be no mistaking, obama is a horn of the devil. We are in the "End Times" and those Catholics who adhere to the principles of socialism without an act of contrition upon their death will be cast into the fiery depths of hell.
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    +20 # Dennis J Weber 2011-01-29 16:40
    Socialism, Communism and Islam and terrorism are tactics to destroy the morality and success of the world in coming to God. The real war we should be fighting is not just against these tactics but against the forces that are trying to destroy the world. Unless our government understands who is the real enemy and destroys it, we are in mortal danger.
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    +29 # otto olsen 2011-01-29 18:36
    nobody needs socialism
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    +38 # Judith A. Croxton 2011-01-30 00:45
    Who would have ever thought our American people would have voted for someone as blatantly socialistic as Obama? Our only help is in the Lord and His Blessed Mother. The consecration of Russia, BY NAME, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, by the Pope and all the Bishops of the world must be done NOW !
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    +36 # Pat B 2011-01-31 00:46
    I have always believed that one cannot embrace a liberal ideology (socialism) and justify calling themselves a Christian. Oil and water do not mix.
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    -90 # Ninja 2011-01-31 10:29
    I think one of the best things that could have happened to this country was Obama. Still even from a Gospel stand point aren't we supposed respect our leaders. This country was disliked and was in a mess before he became president. As Christians we are supposed to care for the sick and poor and if we wait for the Christian mindset to start working and reach out to those in need of health insurance, we would still be waiting. Stop focusing on the negative of whats happening & thank God that at least now this country has some semblance of respect because of the current choice of its president.
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    +32 # Donald Maxwell 2011-01-31 16:53
    While Our President has obvious Socialist leanings the real problem is we as a country. The fact that we put him in office in the first place does not speak well of this countries chances to survive unless there is a miraculous change in our attitude.
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    +17 # Nicole L. 2011-02-01 13:58
    Many protestants like Irving Baxter, Al Lindsey, Doug etc accuse the catholic church of being pro-socialist and communism. I have seen and heard them continue their tirades against our church, our popes to be the devil, the beast describes in the bible. Irving Baxter himself called pope John Paul the great a true communist. He continued to explain that, "the Vatican assassinated 2 previous popes to elect someone from Poland, a communist pope and the catholic church is trying to force the world into a socialist state, that's why the church is preaching globalization." I wish they would read true writing about the popes' beliefs on socialism and communism instead of reading the hateful and inaccurate presentation of their bias brothers.
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    +20 # Wes Lisitza 2011-02-07 01:08
    It has been said that Americans hate outright Socialism/Communism, but when parts of it are introduced through politics and legislation, they approve it. It's shocking to see how similar this country is becoming to abortive China and euthanistic Europe. The Church has always foreseen the coming tide of secular progressivism - progress for the sake of progress without God, and many people who purport to approve don't even know what it is. The craftsmen behind these ideologies count on the ignorance of people to approve and propagate it. It is necessary for all Christians to know how the Catholic Church truly stands and why, and its message must not be allowed to be drowned out in the tide of opposition. Our Popes are too knowledgeable to ignore, and our Faith is too important to be called merely social work and hippie love.
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    -4 # Jacqueline 2011-09-23 12:47
    Clearly, I am disappointed in the explanation given by Pope Benedict XVI. He speaks about the "right kind of state" that is interpreted to mean that he is all for a one world government as long as it is compassionate and generous to the poor. I was always under the impression that the poor were helped by the church and loving charitable contributions made by the faithful. How will Jesus be able to assess our charitability if the government takes over that role???????
    I pray that the Pope will give us clarification on his statement and I hope he does not believe in a one world government.
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    +5 # Richard Keys 2011-09-27 16:35
    JAcqueline
    The statement of Pope Benedict XVI given here is different than what you say, and actualy agrees with you. He said the state should support charitable oragnizations, not try to provide everything and control everything. There is no mention of a one world government in his statement here. He said " ...state which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need.
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    +2 # Jacqueleen 2012-07-05 14:25
    Read Caritas in Veritate.
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    0 # Isabelle Verret 2012-03-01 00:58
    Quoting Jacqueline:
    How will Jesus be able to assess our charitability if the government takes over that role???????

    I agree, he might mean giving tax breaks to the poor, as opposed to taxing the rich to give to the poor (welfare).

    I think the real question here is, is the government supposed to tax the "rich" to donate to the "poor"?
    I think you have a valid question Jacqueline, I ask the same thing.

    Just trying to clarify, tell me if i'm wrong!
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    +9 # Isabelle 2012-03-04 17:46
    Quoting Speedy:
    How to defeat "Socialism and Communism"
    Answer: Our Blessed Mother's own words, "To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world."[20]


    We're in the "persecution" stage right now thanks to the unconstitutional socialistic HHS mandate!!!
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    +7 # Isabelle 2012-03-06 02:01
    Quoting Ninja:
    I think one of the best things that could have happened to this country was Obama. Still even from a Gospel stand point aren't we supposed respect our leaders. This country was disliked and was in a mess before he became president. As Christians we are supposed to care for the sick and poor and if we wait for the Christian mindset to start working and reach out to those in need of health insurance, we would still be waiting. Stop focusing on the negative of whats happening & thank God that at least now this country has some semblance of respect because of the current choice of its president.


    Ninja, Obama's regime has recently enacted the freedom-stealing HHS mandate. See Obamacare. they stole our MONEY and our FREEDOM and forced us to pay for violating our CONSCIENCE that's our FIRST FREEDOM

    God Bless!
    Isabelle (shootingstar)
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    -14 # OFOLON 2012-05-24 00:13
    Are you for real? The Catholic Church has been promoting Socialism for over one hundred years, especially in the United States. They (yes the Popes and the Bishops)have been battling Capitalism with the promotion of Socialism. In a speech given by the newly elevated Cardinal Dolan in New York,he embraces the need to take the good parts of socialism and combine them with the good parts of Capitalism. "The good parts of Socialism"? Is this some kind of bad joke? In a nutshell, the Catholic Church has been quietly pushing socialism for the past hundred years or so. They are much more vocal about it lately, "Dream Act" anybody? Now, what they have been pushing for,"a more socialist state", is biting them in the backside we are supposed to be surprised and appalled. Really!? All your comments here will not matter anyway. Spanish is the language of the Catholic Church now.
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    +9 # Jacqueleen 2012-07-05 14:23
    Amen, brother. It took a mandate to cost the Bishops more money and egg on their faces to start voicing an outrage. My prayers are being answered that the Bishops would wake up after Vatican II, when they took the catechism out of Catholic Schools which resulted in the great apostasy that we are witnessing today. Catholics do not feel the need to go to church, confession,communion or anything because they DON'T KNOW THEIR FAITH! Big error on the part of the LIBERAL BISHOPS. Thank you, Lord for taking the veil off their eyes.
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    +1 # Germain Salazar 2012-10-30 16:03
    This comment clearly indicates to me that this person does not know the basic definition of "Socialism", and he only parrots what he hears. Christ very clearly indicated that HE did not come to bring PEACE, but WAR. War on human ambitions to own and control other human beings. Our behavior should always be tempered by the spiritual tenets of our faith. After all, as St Francis Xavier said, "What good it is for man to won the world if he loses his soul? The Church has a very important, I would say, the most important role to play in the development of the physical and intellectual elements of the human being, by reminding us often of the role we play in society as a whole.
    If the teachings of the Church conflict with your own, and you cannot balance these points of view, I would suggest to look somewhere else to appease your soul.
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    -2 # alberto Ricaurte 2012-07-03 13:11
    America is America,let's keep it FREEDOM works.
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    +1 # Judy Capistant 2012-07-14 10:05
    Thanks, guys, for putting these up like this. I have passed it on, and know it will be of great help to many.
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    +6 # Richard Haymaker 2012-08-09 13:50
    For anyone questioning the Church's position, perhaps, thought should be given to the historical consistency of the Church's teaching at the highest level - The Popes. Even if only considering the Papal commentary for the past 100 - 150 years, it is quite clear that Socialism in its applied state is an evil to be avoided at all costs. We have only to view the past 50 years of its perverted attempt at consoling and improving the state of the Soviet people to understand the utter failure of Socialism as a positive way of life. We should pray for its absolute demise for all peoples.
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    +5 # Francine Tussey 2012-10-30 13:14
    Thank you so much for these comments from our beloved Popes. Hail to our King and Creator Jesus Christ for watching over us. May our Heavenly Father continue to do so and open the hearts of all people in the United States to vote for a good man of God.

    Francine
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    +3 # Raymond J. Olley 2012-10-30 17:50
    Years ago, at the end of Mass the priest knelt at the foot of the alter and led us in the beautiful (Prayers after Mass). This was before we rush out, as now, trying to be "good fellows", while the choir is trying to deliver some modern day hymn. One of those wonderful prayers was the prayers for the conversion of Russia. I have never heard anyone attribute those prayers to the implosion of the communist regime or to the tearing down of the Berlin wall.
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    +2 # James T Smith 2012-10-30 18:47
    There are three books I recommend to all Catholics who do not wish too jeopardize their soul. They are 1: Is liberalism a sin 2: The Harbinger and 3: Can a Catholic be a Democrat
    Jim
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    0 # don 2012-10-30 21:11
    some good news amoung sooooooooooo much bad news
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    -8 # James Farrell 2012-10-31 13:53
    All the political work of this article is done in the third sentence. The author assumes a premise as a “given” and then simply relies on the acquiescence of an agreeable audience. But, this is a classic example of “begging the question." In this case, the essay pretends that the teaching of the Popes is somehow the disputed issue ("What the Popes Really Say About Socialism,” etc.) When actually, the disputed issue is the one this article takes for granted: “Given the advance of socialism in America.” In this case, the question is: “HAS socialism advanced in America?”

    If one looks at the first third of the twentieth century, and the political influence and success of the American socialist party then, one can hardly maintain that socialism has advanced in America since that time. Rather, from a wider historical perspective it has dramatically retreated, and is nowhere afforded the attention or respect it once had as a political program prior to WWII.
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    +7 # bob martin 2013-11-19 03:43
    Are you serious? Who cares about the Socialist Party as an electoral power? What is important is that all the priorities of the socialists and progressive intellectuals in the early 20th century have been adopted by the Democratic party. Read your history.
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    +6 # mike 2012-10-31 17:22
    So, in plain English, if you like to be told how to live, where to live, and what your self-worth is, socialism sounds great. UNTIL the money is gone, then you have an immoral, Godless, broke society and a nation in CHAOS desperate for guidance.
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    +9 # Kenyi 2012-11-02 09:02
    Please pray the rosary everyday as Our Lady of Fatima requested!!!
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    +4 # PB 2014-01-05 15:49
    Many US bishops are practical socialists espousing Marxist economic principles. The Nationalized Healthcare movement highlights this stark reality which is prevalent in the USCCB.
    Here is but a sample from my bishop:

    "The importance of understanding access to decent health care as a fundamental human right should not be underestimated. This means that access to health care be seen in a way similar to other fundamental human rights, for instance the right of every American to a free and tax supported public education-instead of as a commodity to be profited from. It also means that ensuring the profits and revenue streams of insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, doctors and stock investors must be subordinate to guaranteeing the fundamental right of access to health care."

    Bishop Anthony Taylor
    Diocese of Little Rock

    http://www.arkansas-catholic.org/news/article/1813#sthash.Uf12DPyG.dpuf
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    +2 # Maggie 2014-01-07 12:53
    I am thinking that we are already in a totalitarian country.
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    +2 # Dom Cangelosi 2014-01-07 12:55
    I wonder what Pope Francis has to say about socialism? Seems he has some rather obscure opinions on everything else.
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    -2 # ichthusthree 2014-01-07 12:56
    methinks sometimes people do not understand the difference between "socialism" and "social justice" -- they are Not the same
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    0 # Theodore Seeber 2014-01-07 13:01
    The trouble is, capitalism is a communist plot.

    Everything that the Popes find wrong with socialism, is equally wrong with a centralized market where all profit flows to New York City and all labor flows to those elsewhere.
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    +8 # Sylvia Kordish 2014-01-07 15:47
    I am waiting and watching.....I have some concerns about this new pope. Seeing where he is from and his remarks about Marxism..... He seems to be doing an about face with outward signs... much humility and association with the poor (all good things, but all must pay close attention, because something in my gut is not at a comfortable place with this pope...may God bless us all......but it is not inconceivable that we may live in a time of a bad pope.....look at our history.......pray God that I am wrong.....
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    +4 # Donna Cummings 2014-01-07 19:52
    Thank you Sylvia for speaking up. I have had similar concerns. I am still holding my breath on this one. Will he succumb to a popularity contest and give people what they want to hear, instead of what they need to hear?
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    +4 # Don 2014-01-07 17:35
    God Bless the Catholics for speaking the Truth here, and the rest: Ask God for the Grace of Salvation Through His Church the Traditional Roman Catholic Church. return to the Baltimore Catechism for a start.
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    +2 # Brandon Thompson 2014-01-07 17:40
    The Popes are extremely well educated people, and some of them lived in these systems, like John Paul the Second (lived in Communist System). These Systems promised freedom to the masses and instead they ended up in slavery. We truly have to hold on to the Truths brought to us by Christ and His Apostles.
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    -1 # FrJeffrey Stephaniuk 2014-01-13 10:05
    "... a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person - every person - needs: namely, loving personal concern." Pope Benedict XVI. This quote makes me think of the stories from my post-abortion healing ministry where repeatedly people say they wish even the doctors or nurses would have stopped the abortion when they changed their mind; stop hiding behind the non-responsibility of bureaucracy and show concern for the individual.
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