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Five Popes Reflect on the Philosophy of Socialism and Communism

March 29, 2020

"We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist.”

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, 1976

American Heritage Dictionary:  "Socialism is any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy."

Catholic Social Teaching (catholic.org):  "Only persons are made in the image of God...  The dignity of man, the concept of personhood, cannot be built upon agnostic or atheistic foundations."

Pope John Paul II (1978-2005)   "Socialism 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."

 

Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013)   "We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which ... generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from (those)...closest to those in need (government power ought to reside at the local or regional level and least centralized competent authority.)

 

Pope Paul VI (1963-1978)   "Too often Christians attracted by socialism tend to idealize it in terms which are very general: a will for justice, solidarity and equality.  They refuse to recognize the limitations of the historical socialist movements, ..."

 

Pope John XXIII (1958-1963)   "Pope Pius XI emphasized the fundamental opposition between Communism and Christianity, and made it clear that no Catholic could subscribe even to moderate Socialism.  The reason is that Socialism is founded on a doctrine of human society which ... takes no account of any objective other than that of material well-being... it places too severe a restraint on human liberty..."

 

Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903)  "To remedy these wrongs (in society) the socialists, working on the poor man's envy of the rich, are striving to do away with private property, and contend that individual possessions should become the common property of all, to be administered by the State or by municipal bodies.  They hold that by thus transferring property from private individuals to the community, the present mischievous state of things will be set to rights, inasmuch as each citizen will then get his fair share of whatever there is to enjoy.  But (if) their contentions ... were carried into effect, the working man himself would be among the first to suffer." 

 (tfp.org; catholic.org; catholic365.com; dr.taylormarshall.com)

Rights of Students to

Pray in School

Protected by President Trump 

 

On Religious Freedom Day, Jan. 16, 2020 the president announced an updating of the federal regulations on students’ rights to prayer and religious expression in public schools. 

Guidelines to religious expression in school were first issued under President Clinton and have not been updated since 2003.

This updating does not create new law but clarifies existing law as it applies to students and to teachers. 

Students, parents and educators will have the current information so that students’ rights to live their faith in school are known and respected.  Students growing faith will not be suppressed,  allowing students to live and grow in their faith in many, appropriate ways each school day.

READ PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REMARKS HERE:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-announcement-guidance-constitutional-prayer-public-schools/

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High School in

Myrtle Beach, SC. 

The students were praying the monthly Patriotic Rosary for our country

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.

AT WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: DEFENDING FREEDOM OF RELIGION
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RALLY 2018
IN SERVICE TO THE CHURCH

Click here to watch Barbara on TeleCare TV.

NATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY

Click here to view a video about National Religious Freedom Day 2014.

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.

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