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"Socialism (is) the most bitter enemy of Christian principles." -Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922)

 

The Catholic Church has condemned Socialism in all its forms - so-called Christian Socialism as well as atheistic Socialism - without exception.  But why?  What is the error of socialism?

 

Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) said, "The fundamental error of socialism is ... (it) considers the individual person simply as an element, a molecule within the social organism, so that the good of the individual is completely subordinated to the functioning of the socio-economic mechanism."  However, Christianity holds the belief that each individual must be free to assume responsibility for his own choices.  Jesus came to save each person individually and not a collective called "people."

 

In 1891, Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) wrote, “It is clear that the main tenet of socialism, community of goods, must be utterly rejected, since (it is) directly contrary to the natural rights of mankind and would introduce confusion and disorder into the commonweal.” Socialism advances the error that private property is not a human right but can be taken away from individuals by the state and given to others.   

 

Pope Pius XI (1922-1939) explained, "Just as it is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is injustice and a grave evil to assign to a higher association (big organization or government) what a lesser and subordinate association (local organizations or government) can do."

 

"No Catholic could subscribe even to moderate socialism (since) Socialism is founded on a doctrine of human society which ... takes no account of any objective other than that of material well-being.  It proposes a form of social organization which aims solely at production; it places too severe a restraint on human liberty," wrote Pope John XXIII (1958-1963) in his 1961 encyclical Mater et Magistra.)

 

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"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.” -Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013)

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Click here to learn one example of why and how we protect religious freedom and the choice for life.

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Whether Americans pray and act for life and religious liberty at the Washington March for Life, at the Pilgrimage to Montauk, NY for Life and Religious Liberty, at their state's capitol for their state's March for Life or in their own parishes, the prayers and attention cannot waiver.  Let us keep the safekeeping of innocent life and the maintenance of religious freedom always in our prayers and action

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12 RULES FOR CHRISTMAS
STUDENTS MAY PRAY IN SCHOOL  
PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ARE NOT “GOD-FREE ZONES”

America’s children need not leave their faith outside the school house door.

​For students to be silenced or disciplined by a school authority for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…

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Educational resources for parish members who work to support Religious Freedoms.

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AT WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: DEFENDING FREEDOM OF RELIGION

Barbara Samuells, president of Catholics for Freedom of Religion and a parishioner at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, shares her experience at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RALLY 2018
IN SERVICE TO THE CHURCH

Click here to watch Barbara on TeleCare TV.

Pope Francis has observed that “religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.” Evangelii Gaudium. . . , no. 183. In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, Pope Benedict XVI said that this work belongs to “an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture.” Therefore, catechesis on religious liberty is not the work of priests alone. If religious liberty is not properly understood, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that individuals make every day, both here at home and overseas.

CATHOLICS FOR FREEDOM OF RELIGION
MISSION STATEMENT

America’s First Amendment guarantees its citizens five freedoms, the first of which is Freedom of Religion. Freedom of Religion includes the freedom to worship according to one’s beliefs as well as the freedom to practice that faith in everyday life according to one’s conscience.

 

So that this First Amendment freedom may be practiced and preserved for generations yet unborn it is essential that Americans understand this freedom and the circumstances from which it came. A fitting place for the development of this understanding and protection of Religious Freedom is inside all faith communities.

Catholics for Freedom of Religion offers resources to parish members who work to support Religious Freedom by initiating parish laity groups with these suggested goals:

  • To educate and inspire for Freedom of Religion

  • To remain non-partisan, advocating for no candidate or party

  • To invite and include other faith communities

  • To become a permanent group within each parish to educate every generation of Catholics about our Freedom of Religion…how rare it is, how dearly it was purchased for us and how certainly it is being lost.

  • To recognize and oppose attacks on Freedom of Religion from any source

 

“We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right.” James Madison

“While Americans presume that the Constitution guarantees their rights, in practice our rights survive or disappear based on how firmly we defend them.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

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