Pope Francis and the Cardinal Mindszenty Treatment in China

Pope Francis and the Cardinal Mindszenty Treatment in China

, FEBRUARY 12,2018

Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty was a hero of the Cold War, persecuted by communists and ultimately abandoned by his Church. Beginning in 1956, after Red Army tanks rolled into Hungary, Mindszenty spent 15 years in voluntary confinement at the U.S. embassy in Budapest. He spurned repeated requests to leave Hungary and his flock. In 1971, he finally relented, particularly through the urging of President Richard Nixon, who paid homage to the golden calf of détente, and through the orders of his pope.

The presiding pontiff was Paul VI, a prophetic and wise pope, particularly on cultural-sexual issues. But it was hard to find comfort or wisdom in what he did to Mindszenty. Along with Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, Paul VI pursued a policy of Ostpolitik, a Western European-version of détente. He and Casaroli reluctantly had come to accept the Cold War division of Europe as the prevailing geopolitical situation into the far-foreseeable future. Thus, they sought to engage the communist world and work with it for a better relationship and improved human rights, including religious freedom.

This Paul VI-Nixon approach stood in contrast to that of John Paul II and Ronald Reagan. Of course, as we know, the latter pair would have far greater success liberating the communist world. And yet, as George Weigel notes, there are Vatican officials to this day who believe the Paul VI-Casaroli approach was not only preferable but successful, and that that approach won the day, not the John Paul II-Reagan approach.

Weigel, as John Paul II’s biographer, notes that Cardinal Karol Wojtyla never doubted Paul VI’s good intentions, sympathizing with the decidedly anti-communist pontiff’s torment, “torn between his heart’s instinct to defend the persecuted Church and his mind’s judgment that he had to pursue the policy of salvare il salvabile—which, as he once put it to Archbishop Casaroli, wasn’t a ‘policy of glory.’” Salvare il salvabile—to salvage the salvageable.

It certainly wasn’t a policy of glory. Paul VI’s Ostpolitik meant occasionally succumbing to Marxist demands. Like détente, it frequently entailed compromise and accommodation. It often appeared that the Vatican cared more about offending the Kremlin than defending religious believers. Of course, the opposite was the goal; but the actual effect sometimes looked timid, craven, self-defeating.

As a shameful case in point, in December 1973, Paul VI stripped the 81-year-old Mindszenty of his titles. The cardinal suddenly found himself retired from his Church posts. The pontiff declared the Archdiocese of Esztergom officially vacated. To his credit, he refused to fill the seat while Mindszenty was alive. Paul VI would never dream of, say, allowing communist officials in Moscow the right to fill the seat with handpicked bishops. That would be outrageous.

Communists were thrilled with Pope Paul VI stripping Mindszenty. To them, the dressing down was a delicious slap in the face of the cardinal, perhaps reminiscent of Mindszenty’s nightly naked beatings at 60 Andassy Street in Budapest in the winter of 1948-49. But this lash was even better for communists, because it came from the cardinal’s pope in Rome.

There would be similarly embarrassing byproducts of Ostpolitik with communist tyrants from Soviet Bloc dungeons like Bulgaria, where Casaroli cooed in the presence of tyrant Todor Zhivkov in June 1975. The Bulgarians reciprocated that love several years later, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1981, when they and their Moscow masters hired Mehmet Ali Agca to murder Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square.

History Repeats Itself?
So, why revisit this painful history now? Because to some it smacks of what might be unfolding with the current pope, his advisers, and communist China. And no doubt, the Mindszenty tragedy haunts me as I read reports. The closer I look, the uglier it appears. And I say this, as readers here know, as someone who has long defended Pope Francis. Above all, as I’ve written here at Crisis several times, I’ve been pleased with our pope’s bold statements on sexuality, the “demon” of gender ideology, same-sex “marriage,” abortion, transgender insanity, on evil, on Satan, on the Western forces of “ideological colonization,” and more. I’m bothered at how traditional Catholics seem to forget all of this when the pope expresses a view that doesn’t align with Donald Trump’s view of a border wall.

But as for this China thing? Well, it looks bad. There is surely much I don’t know, but here’s what we’ve learned so far:

The Vatican appears to be in the process of replacing two loyal, long-suffering Chinese bishops with two state-backed bishops who had been excommunicated when they were consecrated illicitly. The two that have been reportedly asked to step aside are 88-year-old Peter Zhuang Jianjian and 70-year-old Joseph Guo Xijin. As for the two bishops of the Chinese Politburo—again, both illicitly ordained—their names are Huang Bingzhang and Vincent Zhan Silu, handpicked by the Chinese Communist Party.

Charles Collins of Crux reported the situation as “a request by a Vatican diplomat visiting China that two bishops belonging to the underground Church loyal to the pope step down in favor of two bishops belonging to the state-sanctioned Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA).” The People’s Republic of China broke off relations with the Vatican in 1951, two years after Mao’s takeover, and not long thereafter established the farcical “Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association,” a communist-front to monitor Catholics. As Collins notes, “the CPCA does not recognize the authority of the pope, and a parallel ‘underground’ Church exists which recognizes papal authority.”

According to Collins, Zhuang—one of the two bishops the Vatican is abandoning—was in tears when the request was made for him to step down.

There has been widespread condemnation.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 86-year-old retired bishop of Hong Kong, who wrote an open letter posted on Facebook, believes the Vatican is “selling out” struggling Catholics. The Vatican, he said, has deferred to a “fake” Chinese structure. As Robert Royal reported, Zen felt compelled “to go to Rome without an appointment, stand outside the Casa Santa Marta, and ask to be allowed to present a letter from the underground believers—who are willing to resist despite personal costs—to Pope Francis. Reliable sources say the pope received the letter and promised to read it.”

Especially upset is Steve Mosher, who has decades of experience with the communist Chinese, including being tossed in jail by them. “Why should the Catholic Church participate in its own dissolution and destruction?” Mosher asks: “Why would we do this?”

Mosher told EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo that the Vatican’s negotiating strategy is “simply negotiating the surrender of the underground Church” to a false church created by China’s atheists.

Even secular sources are alarmed. Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, an analyst for Foreign Policy magazine writing in the Washington Post, says Francis “is giving in to the Chinese Communist Party” and warns that the Vatican risks losing its spiritual authority and dampening the spirit of Catholics.

The whole sorry episode leaves many questions. Who’s behind this move? What’s the pope thinking? Who’s advising him on China?

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives to speak at a conference on Catholic social teaching at the Vatican April 15, 2016. At right is Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, who invited Sanders. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Well, a disturbing answer may have come last week:

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, an Argentinian who stands as no less than chancellor of Pope Francis’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, just gave an interview to Vatican Insider gushing over communist China. In a stunning assessment that leaves one staring at the page, Sorondo asserted that the nation universally known for the one-child policy and performing countless millions of forced abortions (among innumerable other crimes) happens to “best realize the social doctrine of the Church.”

That, of course, is a jaw-dropper. You couldn’t find a radical leftie at the Huffington Post or even The Nation who would dare drop that whopper.

Sorondo noted that he recently visited China, where (surely lavished with the Potemkin Village treatment) he found that communist rulers everywhere “seek the common good.” The bishop was smitten by “an extraordinary China … the central Chinese principle is ‘work, work, work.’” He was inspired to invoke St. Paul: “As Paul said: ‘He who does not work does not eat.’ You do not have shantytowns; you do not have drugs; young people do not have drugs. There is a positive national consciousness.”

This “positive national consciousness,” Sorondo might want to know, for decades has included the world’s highest suicide rate of women, with China annually accounting for over half the world’s female suicides.

But need we waste time giving such examples? No, because no sane person buys the bishop’s assessment.

Sorondo heaped praise on this nation of banned speech, religion, assembly, press, elections, glowing at how it upholds “the dignity of the human person.” Getting to what really warms his heart about this 69-year-old one-party dictatorship, Sorondo hailed China’s work on “climate change.” The bishop marveled that China is allegedly implementing Pope Francis’s Laudato Si better than other countries and “is assuming a moral leadership that others have abandoned.”

Bishop Sorondo basked at the despotism’s “extraordinary” achievements. It’s so unlike awful places, such as America: “the economy does not dominate politics, as happens in the United States.” (Actually, the economic ideology of Marxism dominates all of China’s politics.)

Overall, the bishop assures, “China is evolving very well.”

The Need to Speak Frankly
Let’s be candid about this, as this is a dire moment that demands frank talk: These are the thoughts of a person who is ideologically unhinged. Pope Francis has warned of the corrupting force of ideology; our always-candid pope condemns ideological “fanatics.” Well, here’s a bishop close to Francis whose ability to comprehend reality has been corrupted by ideology.

I say that carefully, not as a blithe passing insult. A Google search of Sorondo understandably yields accusations of everything from a “laughingstock” to an “out and out Marxist.” I’m trying to be fair to the man. A friend of mine who has interacted with Sorondo was impressed. This friend, a European, is an unwavering advocate of the free market and an orthodox Catholic. He found Sorondo “very amenable to reason.” The problem, he hastened to add, is that Sorondo, like too many Latin American officials in the Vatican, is steeped in class and redistributionism. He drank deep from the socialist chalice. Can he overcome those roots? Not in the case of China, apparently.

One person not surprised is George Neumayr, former editor of Catholic World Report, who tells me: “I wrote about the pope’s capitulation to the Chinese communists in my book, The Political Pope. The most recent developments were telegraphed by the pope years ago.” As to Sorondo, Neumayr adds: “I also wrote about the bishop…. He has been a Vatican gateway for the Soros crowd and very much reflects the pope’s thinking. He is the one who set up the Bernie Sanders invite to the Vatican and made a point of telling everyone that Sanders was the only presidential candidate invited…. His academy is overflowing with socialists and communists.”

Neumayr has long been highly critical of Francis, but he might stand vindicated in this China-Sorondo fiasco.

Bishop Sorondo’s appraisal of China isn’t merely wrong but dangerous, and its painful emanating from a Church that for two centuries has issued trenchant admonitions about the errors and evils of socialism and communism. Sorondo’s views might be too far left for a junior faculty position at the Department of Social Sciences at Cal-Berkeley let alone heading the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Pope Francis ought to consider replacing Sorondo before replacing the two Chinese bishops who truly lived Chinese communism.

But Francis has not made that replacement, which brings us to the most troubling aspect of this whole scenario.

Bishop Sorondo is an old Argentinian friend of Francis who’s part of his inner circle. One assumes that Sorondo just returned from China on behalf of Francis. This would suggest that Francis not only will not be releasing Sorondo but, rather, is being influenced by his ideologically fanatical ideas.

In short, Sorondo’s testimony in all of this is crucial. Without it, one might be tempted to think that Pope Francis could be seeking a form of Paul VI Ostpolitik or Nixonian rapprochement based on “constructive engagement” with China, which has been U.S. policy. But Sorondo’s loving enthusiasm for the Chinese system seems to belie that possibility. The Sorondo mindset reveals Pope Francis’s team more along the lines of oblivious dupes to China than shrewd Machiavellians.

The Mindszenty Parallel
Finally, let’s bring this back to the Mindszenty parallel.

Cardinal Zen says that Pope Francis doesn’t want “another Mindszenty case.” Francis doesn’t have another Mindszenty case here. He might have something worse.

In the 1970s, Pope Paul VI and Cardinal Casaroli knew they were dealing with tyrants; they held their noses. That pontiff’s accommodating of communists stemmed from his belief that not trying to work with them was counterproductive. The Church could have no influence inside communist countries if barred altogether. Casaroli called it “the martyrdom of patience.”

What I fear with Pope Francis and China is nothing of the sort.

For one, Paul VI and previous popes wouldn’t dare allow communist regimes to choose preferred bishops. They drew a hard line there. If Francis reverses that, then this would be a humiliating capitulation.

But above all, there seems to be a total naivete and lack of comprehension of a genuinely malevolent regime. The likes of Sorondo display an embarrassing foolishness—a bishop who strokes the back of the tiger as it pretends to purr through its fangs.

Is Pope Francis surrendering to a Sorondo-politik?

We should continue to pray for Pope Francis. I truly will. I respect him. Again and again, I often see kneejerk responses to much of what he does or says. But from what I can tell thus far, Francis’s actions toward China look bad. Really bad.

Editor’s note: In the lead photo, Pope Francis is pictured with retired Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen who said January 29 that he had flown to Rome to meet the pope on behalf of Bishop Zhuang. (Photo credit: L’Osservatore Romano / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Paul Kengor

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Paul Kengor is Professor of Political Science at Grove City College, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, and author of many books including The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor and Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage (2015). His new books are A Pope and a President and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism (2017).

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BISHOP MARCELO SANCHEZ SORONDO PRAISE OF CHINA’S ADHERENCE TO CATHOLIC SOCIAL DOCTRINE FLIES IN THE FACE OF FACTS

COMMENTARY: The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Science’s astonishing comments could be dismissed if they were not so damaging.

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“Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” stated Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He had just returned from a trip to China.

In an interview published in the Feb. 2 Spanish edition of Vatican Insider, he extolled the Chinese government, stating: “I found an extraordinary China; what people do not know is that the central Chinese principle is ‘work, work, work.’ As Paul said: ‘He who does not work does not eat.’ You do not have shantytowns …”

The bishop went on to say that “China has defended the dignity of the human person.” In the area of the environment and climate change, China is “assuming a moral leadership that others have abandoned.  … China has evolved very well.”

Bishop Sorondo’s astonishing comments could be dismissed if they were not so damaging. Because they have caused widespread confusion and consternation, they require a response.

In stating that China is “the best at implementing the social doctrine of the Church,” has the bishop somehow forgotten that the social doctrine of the Church is founded upon belief in God? In contrast, the Chinese Communist Party is officially atheistic. It persecutes believers of all religions, including Christians, whether Protestant or Catholic.

In just the past couple of months, the Chinese government has demolished both Catholic and Protestant churches. It has torn down crosses, leaving “decapitated” churches in conformance with President Xi Jinping’s edict that all religions must be “Chinese without foreign influence.”

According to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China report, more than 2,000 crosses have now been torn down. In 2016, a pastor’s wife was buried alive taking a stand against bulldozers demolishing her church. God only knows how many Christians, including Catholics loyal to Rome, are suffering incarceration, forced labor and torture for their faith at this moment.

At a high-level conference on religion held in 2016, President Xi stated that all religious groups must “merge religious doctrines with Chinese culture, [as well as] abide by Chinese laws and regulations.” These laws and regulations restrict times and places of worship, the kind of literature that can be distributed, and whether minors can receive religious instruction.

In Zhejiang Province, it is reported that authorities have compelled all churches, including Catholic churches, “to install surveillance cameras for the purported purpose of “strengthening anti-terrorism efforts.” How does regarding Christian churches as potential terrorist cells conform to Catholic social doctrine?

Also absent from Bishop Sorondo’s comments is the current controversy over the fact that the Vatican has asked two legitimate bishops to step aside to make way for two “patriotic” bishops, hand-picked by the Chinese government. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has questioned whether Vatican officials making these decisions “know what true suffering is.”

Because it is officially atheistic, the Chinese Communist Party does not believe in God-given “inalienable rights.” Rather, it places itself as the ultimate power, with the authority to confer or dispense with human rights as it sees fit.

Contrary to Bishop Sorondo’s assessment, therefore, China has not “defended the dignity of the human person,” one of the primary social doctrines of the Church. The Chinese government has boasted of “preventing” 400 million lives through its one-child policy. In so doing, women have been forcibly aborted up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Some of these forced abortions have been so violent that the woman died, along with her full-term baby.

China has also sterilized hundreds of millions of women. Some of these forced sterilizations have butchered the women, destroying not only their reproductive health, but their overall health, as well. Gendercide, the sex-selective abortion of baby girls, remains in China.

It is a matter of public record that China’s human-rights record has not “evolved very well,” but in fact has deteriorated.

According to the heavily documented 2017 report of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, under the two-child policy that in 2016 replaced the one-child policy, “officials continue to enforce compliance with population-planning targets using methods including heavy fines, job termination, arbitrary detention and coerced abortion.”

Because of the one-child policy, there is not enough of a young population to support the elderly. Many elderly are left destitute, and elder suicide in China is on the rise. And the 2017 death from liver cancer of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who was serving an 11-year prison sentence for his pro-democracy efforts and was denied repeated requests to seek medical attention abroad, highlights the shameful treatment of political prisoners in China.

How is any of this consistent with respecting “life and the dignity of the human person” — a doctrine absolutely central to Catholic social teaching?

In brief response to several of Bishop Sorondo’s other statements:

  • Regarding the bishop’s lauding of the “work, work, work” ethic in China, does he not know of the appalling system of forced labor in China, providing the world with artificially inexpensive products?
  • Regarding the bishop’s statements that there are “no shantytowns,” is he not aware that, in 2014, more than 82 million Chinese were living on less than $1 a day? Is he aware of the intense suffering caused by grinding poverty in rural areas, where parents often have to leave their children in order to make money in another city?
  • Regarding the bishop’s statement that China is “assuming a moral leadership” in the area of environmentalism, is he uninformed that China’s air pollution has at times reached levels at which planes cannot land? Does he know that lung cancer is on the rise and that China’s air pollution is so bad that 29% of San Francisco’s pollution is estimated to come from China? It has similar problems with toxic water and soil.

Bishop Sorondo’s trip to China was no doubt tightly controlled and highly choreographed. His hosts likely did not inform him of any of the information outlined above. It is baffling, however, that the bishop would have taken this highly deceitful regime at its word, and then unwittingly served as a powerful mouthpiece to transmit their propaganda to the world.

Bishop Sorondo’s highly publicized praise of the Chinese government as the epitome of Catholic social teaching in action is a betrayal of faithful Chinese Catholics who are suffering severe persecution for their loyalty to Rome. His remarks can be used as a smoke screen by the Chinese government to cover those who are being crushed beneath the fist of this brutal, totalitarian regime. As a senior Vatican official, his comments are causing the Catholic Church to lose credibility.

According to Cardinal Joseph Zen, capitulation to the ever-increasing demands of the Chinese Communist Party only makes them clamp down harder on faithful Catholics. Regarding the attempt “to find mutual ground to bridge the decades-long divide between the Vatican and China,” Cardinal Zen asks, “But can there be anything really ‘mutual’ with a totalitarian regime?”

Appeasement diplomacy has never worked with China’s repressive regime. It will only serve as a smoke screen, beneath the cover of which they can continue and escalate their human-rights abuses. We would do better to obey the wise biblical command in Ephesians 5:11: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but, rather, expose them.”

Reggie Littlejohn is the founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. She is an internationally acclaimed authority on coercive population control in China.

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The Man Who Knew Communism Best by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/10/the-man-who-knew-communism-best-by-bishop-fulton-j-sheen/

THE VORTEX: UNDERMINING THE CHURCH – Resisting and beating back the enemy  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/03/16/the-vortex-undermining-the-church-resisting-and-beating-back-the-enemy/

The Iron-Fisted Tyranny of Political Correctness  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/03/10/the-iron-fisted-tyranny-of-political-correctness/

Democratic Socialism is Still Socialism – Steven Crowder http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/02/26/democratic-socialism-is-still-socialism-steven-crowder/

The Man Who Knew Communism Best by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/10/the-man-who-knew-communism-best-by-bishop-fulton-j-sheen/

Unmasking Saul Alinsky, a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/26/unmasking-saul-alinsky-a-wolf-in-sheeps-clothing/ 

CIA: (CCHD) Catholic Campaign for Human Development & Saul Alinsky http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2014/04/27/special-report-cchd-catholic-campaign-for-human-development/ 

Saul Alinsky and the IAF http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2014/06/19/saul-alinsky-and-the-iaf/ 

Millennials Should Read Solzhenitsyn: “Socialism of any type leads to the destruction of the human spirit” http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/21/millennials-should-read-solzhenitsyn-socialism-of-any-type-leads-to-the-destruction-of-the-human-spirit/

Is Socialism Making a Comeback? – Despite Bernie Sanders’s best efforts, socialism is still as bad an idea as it ever was http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/10/is-socialism-making-a-comeback-despite-bernie-sanderss-best-efforts-socialism-is-still-as-bad-an-idea-as-it-ever-was/

TRUTH EXPOSED! Hitler was a Socialist…WATCH!  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/05/truth-exposed-hitler-was-a-socialistwatch/

[Watch]Hitler Survivor Warns Americans: “Keep Your Guns And Buy More Guns” Don’t Listen To Commies http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/20/watchhitler-survivor-warns-americans-keep-your-guns-and-buy-more-guns-dont-listen-to-commies/

Socialism’s Bloody History Shows Millennials Should Think Twice Before Supporting It http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/06/socialisms-bloody-history-shows-millennials-should-think-twice-before-supporting-it/

Why socialism always fails? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/27/why-socialism-always-fails/

Why Are Young People Cheering for Socialism? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/13/why-are-young-people-cheering-for-socialism/

What Do the Popes Truly Say About Socialism? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/13/what-do-the-popes-truly-say-about-socialism/

The True and False Meaning of “Social Justice”  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/30/the-true-and-false-meaning-of-social-justice/

Unmasking Saul Alinsky, a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/26/unmasking-saul-alinsky-a-wolf-in-sheeps-clothing/

Love Your Enemy, But Know Him Too http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/10/love-your-enemy-but-know-him-too/

New survey reveals that young Americans have little understanding of collectivism and its dark and deadly history  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/25/new-survey-reveals-that-young-americans-have-little-understanding-of-collectivism-and-its-dark-and-deadly-history/

“GEORGE SOROS’ FORMULA FOR KILLING AMERICA” Watch the Viral Video that Exposes Soros’ Attack on the Church http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/17/george-soros-formula-for-killing-america-watch-the-viral-video-that-exposes-soros-attack-on-the-church/

A Populist Election and Its Aftermath http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/17/a-populist-election-and-its-aftermath/

5 Reasons the Church Condemns Communism as “Intrinsically Wrong”  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/28/5-reasons-the-church-condemns-communism-as-intrinsically-wrong/

Fidel Castro’s War on Religion: From 1959 to 2006 the world’s longest-running Marxist dictator http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/12/04/fidel-castros-war-on-religion-from-1959-to-2006-the-worlds-longest-running-marxist-dictator/

Gloria Alvarez: Immigrants! Don’t Vote for What You Fled http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/12/28/gloria-alvarez-immigrants-dont-vote-for-what-you-fled/

The Catholic Church vs. Liberation Theology http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/12/14/the-catholic-church-vs-liberation-theology/

“A theory that makes profit the exclusive norm and ultimate end of economic activity is morally unacceptable. The disordered desire for money cannot but produce perverse effects. It is one of the causes of the many conflicts which disturb the social order. A system that ‘subordinates the basic rights of individuals and of groups to the collective organization of production’ is contrary to human dignity. Every practice that reduces persons to nothing more than a means of profit enslaves man, leads to idolizing money, and contributes to the spread of atheism. ‘You cannot serve God and mammon’”(CCC: 2424).

“The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modern times with ‘communism’ or ‘socialism’. She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of ‘capitalism,’ individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor. Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds; regulating it solely by the law of the marketplace fails social justice, for ‘there are many human needs which cannot be satisfied by the market.’ Reasonable regulation of the marketplace and economic initiatives, in keeping with a just hierarchy of values and a view to the common good, is to be commended” (CCC:2425).

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