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12 Hard-hitting facts about socialist ideology

 

The socialist ideology can be summarized in twelve main points:

 

1. Metaphysical Egalitarianism

The foundation of the socialist ideology is metaphysical egalitarianism. This means that the idea of absolute equality is the fundamental assumption of the socialist view of man, society and the universe. All other principles of socialist ideology stem in one way or another from this fundamental principle.

 

2. Atheism

The assertion of an infinite, omnipotent and omniscient God clashes head-on with the principle of absolute equality. It must therefore be rejected. Indeed, what greater inequality is there than that between the Creator and simple creatures?

 

3. Materialistic Evolutionism

Socialism holds that there is an obscure force from which we cannot escape that leads humanity step by step to higher planes of social and moral being. History is a progressive process of purification. Socialism - in its full-fledged expression of communism - is the end of this process. Although socialism is the inevitable outcome of the forces underlying social, political, cultural and economic life, we can accelerate progress and evolution through class struggle, cultural warfare, or legislation. In fact, every new fashion, school curriculum, artistic style, law, and the like takes us closer to the socialist worldview. Every effort in this regard is progress; every contrary measure is a setback.1

 

4. Secularist and Materialistic Worldview

In the universe, there is nothing but matter. God, the soul, and the next life are only chimeras. Thus, what matters is to seek complete happiness in this life. With the help of science, socialists hold that all must strive toward the largest possible amount of pleasure, and avoid any effort or suffering. As a result, all obstacles to happiness must be removed, be they religious, moral, cultural, or any other. 2

 

5. Contempt for Religion: "The Opium of the People"

Karl Marx explained his contempt for religion in his famous expression that religion is "the opium of the people." 3 His staunch devotee Lenin developed this idea. He said: "Religion is opium for the people. Religion is a sort of spiritual booze [or hard liquor], in which the slaves of capital drown their human image, their demand for a life more or less worthy of man." 4

In his view, religion leads men astray from the present struggle because it promises them the prospect of a future life. By preaching restrictive moral standards, religion hampers absolute freedom. Above and beyond this, religion has a transcendental character which is totally incompatible with science, progress and the material world.

 

6. Secular Messianism

Socialism is much more than an ideology. It has a messianic character, i.e. it offers a message of "salvation;" not eternal salvation, but merely temporal "salvation," a "salvation" on this earth, achieved not by supernatural but human means. 5

 

7. From Idolatry of the State to Anarchy

Socialists teach that, at the present stage of human evolution, it is already possible to abolish private property, social hierarchy and the family. They seek to make the State the sole proprietor of all rights. This State, led by workers and peasants, will maintain complete equality among men. In the future, the universe and man will evolve in such a way that even the State will wither away. 6

 

8. Ethical and Cultural Relativism

There are no absolute truths or revealed morals that establish immutable standards of conduct that apply to everyone, everywhere, and always. Everything evolves, thus right and wrong, good and evil depend on the socio-economic development of mankind.

 

9. Social, Political and Economic Egalitarianism

All inequalities of wealth, prestige, or culture are unjust in themselves. Socialists especially attack the system of wage earning in which an employer, based on the right of private property, "exploits" workers, demanding part of the product of their work as his profit when it should be entirely theirs.

 

10. Abolition of Private Property and Class Struggle

The Communist Manifesto defines communism as the abolition of private property: "The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property." The Manifesto calls for the violent overthrow of all existing social institutions: "Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!"

 

11. Hostility to Marriage and the Traditional Family - Free Love

Sexual intercourse is simply a physiological function, like any other. 7 Consequently there is no reason for restricting it to marriage. 8 This applies even less to the "present form of marriage" between one man and one woman which is monogamous and indissoluble. 9

 

12. Education

Two questions and answers from Engels' Communist Catechism illustrate well the socialist view of education.

  • "18. What will be the course of this [communist] revolution?
  • "(viii) Education of all children, from the moment they can leave their mother's care, in national establishments at national cost. Education and production together." 10
  • "21. What will be the influence of communist [socialist] society on the family?
  • "It [communism/socialism] will transform the relations between the sexes into a purely private matter which concerns only the persons involved and into which society has no occasion to intervene. It can do this since it does away with private property and educates children on a communal basis, and in this way removes the two bases of traditional marriage – the dependence rooted in private property, of the women on the man, and of the children on the parents." 11

 

How Catholicism and Socialism Are Incompatible

The final conclusion could not be clearer: socialism is incompatible with Catholic doctrine, both because of its conception of the universe and man, and because it attacks two institutions which are pillars of Christian civilization: private property and the family.

This finding is timely and significant because some socialist proposals may seem to be "moderate" and therefore less alarming. However, by understanding the final goals of socialism, we see how it harms the family, private property rights, free initiative, legitimate interests, in a word, the true freedom of God's children.

If Catholics do not have a clear notion of the socialist ideology in all of its applications, they might feel tempted to compromise with some socialist initiatives that seem harmless at first glance. However, even the so-called moderate socialism is incompatible with Catholic doctrine and natural law. 

 


Footnotes

1. For instance, laws that protect traditional values - such as the family, private property and religion. [back]

2. Hence, the notorious "liberation movements": Women's Liberation Movement or Women's Lib (feminism as a form of socialism), homosexual "liberation” movements, Liberation Theology & so forth. [back]

3. "Die Religion ... Sie ist das Opium des Volkes" - Karl Marx. Kritik des hegelschen Staatsrecchts (Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right). [back]

4. V. I. Lenin. Socialism and Religion, article published in Novaya Zhizn, No. 28, December 3, 1905. From Marxists Internet Archive. (Our emphasis.) [back]

5. Just a sample: "Finland emerges [1905-06]with, proportionately, the largest socialist party in the world ... Ehrnrooth emphasizes the importance of emotional dynamics based on class hatred and envy, a sense of injustice, and the hope for salvation on this earth. Instead of waiting for a paradise in the afterlife, Finnish workers [i.e. socialists] saw salvation in the redistribution of property and in the distribution of property and incomes, the leveling of human conditions to create a classless new socialist society.” (Pekka Kalevi Hamalainen. Review of Power of the Word, Force of Hatred: Socialist Revolutionary Doctrines and Their Effect in the Finnish Workers' Movement, 1905-1914 by Jari Ehrnrooth. In The American Historical Review, Vol. 99, No. 4 (Oct., 1994), p. 1339 Available at https://www.jstor.org/stable/2168860) [back]

6. It will be the reign of anarchy, which these utopians conceive as being possible, without causing disorder or confusion. [back]

7. "In a book published in Leipsic we find the following thought expressed: 'Sexual impulse is neither moral nor immoral; it is simply natural like hunger and thirst. Nature knows nothing of morality.' But organized society is very far from recognizing the truth of this sentence." (August Bebel. Woman and Socialism, Chapter VII: Woman as a Sex Being, #1.  [back]

8. "Woman may love whom she pleases and as long as she pleases. If she is not satisfied with one alliance, she may loose the knot and bless some other with her love. Married or unmarried, she is to enjoy perfect equality with the sterner sex.” (August Bebel, Die Frau, p. 192, as summarized by Fr. Cathrein, S.J, Socialism Exposed and Refuted. Retrieved from

https://www.archive.org/stream/socialismexposed00cathuoft/socialismexposed00cathuoft_djvu.txt [back]

9. "Man should be free to dispose of the strongest instinct of his nature as of every other natural instinct. The gratification of the sexual instinct is just in the same way the personal affair of every individual as is the satisfaction of any other natural appetite. Therefore no one is obliged to render an account of such gratification; nor is any uncalled-for intermeddler permitted to interfere in this matter. Prudence, education, and independence will facilitate and direct the proper choice. If disagreement, disappointment, or disaffection should arise, morality [!] demands a disruption of the unnatural and, consequently, immoral alliance." (August Bebel, Die Frau, p. 192, quoted by Fr. Cathrein, S.J, Socialism Exposed and Refuted, op., cit.)

https://www.archive.org/stream/socialismexposed00cathuoft/socialismexposed00cathuoft_djvu.txt [back]

10. Frederick Engels, The Principles of Communism (1847), q. 18. Retrieved from https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm [back]

11. Frederick Engels, The Principles of Communism (1847), q. 21. Retrieved from https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm [back]

 


 

 

 

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Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer. When   ...

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April 2

Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer.
When the Lord intends
to bestow a particular virtue on us,
He often permits us first to be tempted by the opposite vice.
Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation
to grow in a particular virtue and
a promise by God that you will be successful,
if only you stand fast.

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St. Francis of Paola

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St. Francis of Paola

Born in Paola, a small town in Calabria, Francis’ parents were humble, industrious people, dedicated to the service of God. Childless after several years of marriage, the couple prayed earnestly for a son, and when, at last a boy was born to them, the grateful parents named him Francis after the Poverello of Assisi.

At age thirteen Francis was placed in the Franciscan friary of S. Marco where he learned to read and where he began to tread the austere life he was later to live.

Two years later, after a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome, and with his parents’ consent, Francis retired to a remote location by the sea where he lived in a cave. Before he was twenty, he was joined by two others who also sought a life of prayer in solitude. With help from some neighbors, they built for themselves three cells and a chapel where they sang the divine praises.

Seventeen years later a church and monastery were built on the spot for them with the approval of the bishop of Cosenza. The hermits were so beloved of the people that the whole countryside joined in the work.

Penance, charity, humility. This trinity formed the foundation of Francis of Paola’s rule, which was particularly austere. In addition to the vows of obedience, poverty and chastity, he imposed a fourth binding them to observe a perpetual Lent, abstaining not only from meat, but also from eggs and milk products.

The community received Papal approval in 1474, and in 1492 from being called Hermits of St. Francis of Assisi, they became the “Minims” from their founder’s desire to be known as the least (minim) in the kingdom of God.

Francis of Paola became universally renowned as a wonderworker and prophet. In 1481, King Louis XI of France, who was slowly dying, sent a messenger to the saint begging him to hasten to France to heal him. Francis only acquiesced at the command of the Holy Father to whom the monarch ultimately appealed. At the French court the king fell on his knees before the humble hermit begging for his healing. Francis explained that the lives of kings are in the hands of God and have their appointed limits; prayer should be addressed to God. Ultimately, changed in heart, the king died resignedly in the saint’s arms. In gratitude, his son, Charles VIII, became a great sponsor of the Order.

Francis spent twenty-five years in France and died there on Good Friday of the year 1507 at the age of ninety-one. He was canonized in 1519.

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Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayer?

Question:  I pray and pray, but I feel as if God is not listening. We always had a good, peaceful family life, but these last years have been tough. We don’t seem to be getting along and our finances have taken a turn for the worse.

I am so anxious about this situation that, not having anyone to turn to, I turned to God.

But God seems to remain deaf to me. Why is that? In addition, what do I say to certain people, agnostics and atheists, who laugh at prayer, saying it is nonsensical and only a figment of the imagination with no real value?

Answer:  God is faithful to His promises, and God promised to answer our prayers. “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Luke 11:9–10).

If God promises to answer our prayers, He will do so infallibly. But in prayer there are two sides: he who asks and He Who gives.

Our part is to ask. How must we ask?

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, a Doctor of the Church, teaches in his book Prayer, the Great Means of Salvation that prayer must be persevering and humble.

So many times we hear people saying: “Oh, I used to ask God for this and that and the other, but He never gave it to me. Now, ten years later, how glad I am that He didn’t!”

One thing is certain: God will not fail to answer a humble and perseverance prayer. Whether He chooses to grant what we ask immediately or make us wait, we must trust that He, regardless of appearances, is doing us good. What we think is good and what He thinks is good may be two different things: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways My ways” (Isa. 55:8), but here is where we must abandon ourselves to His beneficent will. Our part is to be patient, calm and, above all, faithful, because this is the time for testing and later will come the time for full enjoyment.


Answering Atheists and Agnostics
As for atheists and agnostics, their skepticism proceeds from the fact that they, respectively, deny God’s existence or deny men’s capacity to know God.

In this case, we can only express our regret over their ignorance of this Supreme Being, our omnipotent Creator and loving Savior.

We may direct them to a few sources that may help in their search for the truth of His existence. Atheism and agnosticism can only be sustained in ignorance or ill will because the evidence of God’s existence is overwhelming.

Moreover, God will not hide Himself from those who seek Him sincerely and unconditionally.

Another consideration pertaining to non-believers is this: If God were to grant us absolutely everything we ask at a moment’s notice, such people might start believing purely out of self-interest.

They would look at God as a wand-wielding wizard. And God Our Lord is infinitely more than that. He wants us to know, love, and serve Him for Himself so that He can treat us as children and heirs and grant us unending happiness in Heaven.

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