Pope Francis’s Vatican has been advocating Leftist politics from day one, much to the chagrin of Catholics everywhere.
From calling for open borders to bashing President Trump, the Pope has made his Leftist views known, and has received a tidal wave of backlash over it.
That’s why he was ecstatic when he read what this Jesuit article said about communism and Christianity.
An article in the Jesuit magazine, America, just defended communism outright, calling capitalism, “a global political order responsible for the ongoing suffering of millions”.
It responds to a 1933 editorial in the same publication that (rightly) argued communism is antithetical to the Catholic Church and causes insufferable human atrocities.
The article makes the typical arguments that capitalism is an evil force of oppression.
Then it says true Christianity has zero private property rights.
The article says:
“From each according to ability, to each according to need,” Marx summarizes in “Critique of the Gotha Program,” a near echo of Luke’s description of the early church in Acts 4:35 and 11:29. Perhaps it was Day, not her young communist neighbor, who misunderstood communism.
It is true that Marx, Engels, Lenin and a number of other major communists were committed Enlightenment thinkers, atheists who sometimes assumed religion would fade away in the bright light of scientific reason, and at other times advocated propagandizing against it (though not, as Lenin argued, in a way that would divide the movement against capitalism, the actual opponent). That should not be so scandalous in itself. They are hardly alone as modern atheists, and their atheism is understandable, when Christianity has so often been a force allied to the ruling powers that exploit the poor. Catholics have found plenty of philosophical resources in non-Christian sources in the past; why not moderns?
This article goes beyond the pale.
Communist countries throughout history are replete with poor and suffering masses.
There ruling elite control the wealth while the people are left fighting for table scraps.
By contrast, Capitalism has lifted over 700 million people worldwide out of poverty according to Pew Research.
If capitalism is such an oppressive force of the rich, then how come it made more people rich and improved the standard of living across the board than any other economic system?
Do you think Christianity is communist?
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