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The Evils of Socialism by Fr. John Corapi

April 8, 2010

From Fr. Corapi’s newsletter:

An excerpt from Father’s latest book, “Letters.”

At a time when it surely seems that capitalism has run amuck and poised the world on the edge of economic ruin, the temptation is very strong for the pendulum to swing too far left into the failed and immoral territory of socialism. Historically pure socialism has never worked, philosophically it cannot work, and morally it is inherently evil (because it undermines the right of private property ownership, an inherent human right) and hence should not be given a chance to work.

The response might be that what we have at the moment isn’t pure socialism. The problem is that the moment is incredibly fluid and the direction toward a more radical form of socialism is under way with frightening speed. Unless, of course, you believe the politicians and their appointees whose stock-in-trade has become lies, deception, and self-interest.

The common error is to think that socialism helps the poor and disenfranchised. As Pope Leo XIII pointed out as long ago as 1891 in his Encyclical “Rerum Novarum”, socialism does not help the poor. Rather, it reduces everyone to the same lowest common denominator of poverty and misery, while at the same time drying up the very sources of capital.

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  1. June 28, 2010 7:56 pm

    “socialism does not help the poor. Rather, it reduces everyone to the same lowest common denominator of poverty and misery, while at the same time drying up the very sources of capital.” This sounds a lot like the pratices of the Catholic Church. Swindling believers of their money by claiming they will recieve salvation.

    • catholicwideweb permalink
      June 28, 2010 9:34 pm

      thank you for your wise thoughts 😉 but you must have the Catholic Church confused with some other church. sure the Catholic Church has its faults, but then so does any other church, religion, movement, government, etc. in its defense, the Catholic Church has created many hospitals and orphanages and soup kitchens.

    • Craig permalink
      January 23, 2011 3:16 am

      Hmmm. The Catholic Church does not have “faults” as it is the body of Christ. PEOPLE have faults. People swindle. But the idea that even the imperfect people the Catholic Church have ever told people that they must give their money for salvation is obviously wrong.

      You can not buy salvation. In fact, you can not even earn it. Only your assent to Christ’s will can let HIM grant you absolution and salvation and unity with his Body, the Church (both visible – the Church we see, and invisible – the Church that goes beyond that through the heavens and other separated faithful.)

      People can do wrong. But you are never acting as the Church unless you are doing the will of God. Because the people who do these actions KNOW they do them not for God and his Church, but for themselves. No sin can therefore be attributed to the Church, as sin is always attributable to people(s).

    • January 25, 2012 9:38 am

      The Catholic Church does not steal half my income under threat of decades of imprisonment if I don’t pay it, does not make me pay for the right to live in my own house nor steal my house and property if I cannot pay property tax. The Catholic Church does not print excessive amounts of dollars effectively destroying the value of my savings and buying power making me work twice as hard for half as much…….etc…..

  2. Maria Dominguez permalink
    June 5, 2016 5:10 pm

    We miss you on t.v seeing you gave us strength to go on with the teachings of Christ and Mary please pray us Antonio Dominguez God bless you

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