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About the "Improved Relations" Between Rome and the Karl Marx

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PURPOSE and INTRODUCTION

We have received news through a cooperator about the efforts to pave the way, by the Roman Catholic Church Administrators, to enthrone Karl Marx, the father of the Soviet Union, as the misunderstood "Saint" of Social Justice. Another effort to "sell" the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate to as many people as possible.

First the Vatican ignores Heaven (1) and allows the greatest genocide known to humanity to take place - World War II. As if that were not enough, their oh-so-prudent inaction allows the Soviet Union to spread its errors throughout the world at a cost of millions upon millions of lives. Now they are washing Karl Marx's face to appropriate his philosophies and use them in their version of the One World Government.

But that is not the worst; the worst is that there are hundreds of millions of innocent - and completely under-Evangelized and over-Catechized faithful -  who are heading straight into the abyss as they, like zombies, follow "the rock" (2), the claimant of the Chair of Peter, instead of following The Rock - Jesus Christ, upon Which His Church was founded.


DETAILS

In a Times On-Line Article (3) we read....

Vatican thumbs up for Karl Marx after Galileo, Darwin and Oscar Wilde

by Richard Owen in Rome

Karl Marx, who famously described religion as “the opium of the people”, has joined Galileo, Charles Darwin and Oscar Wilde on a growing list of historical figures to have undergone an unlikely reappraisal by the Roman Catholic Church.

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, said yesterday that Marx’s early critiques of capitalism had highlighted the “social alienation” felt by the “large part of humanity” that remained excluded, even now, from economic and political decision-making.

Georg Sans, a German-born professor of the history of contemporary philosophy at the pontifical Gregorian University, wrote in an article that Marx’s work remained especially relevant today as mankind was seeking “a new harmony” between its needs and the natural environment. He also said that Marx’s theories may help to explain the enduring issue of income inequality within capitalist societies.

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With reassessments such as these it may be wondered which formerly unacceptable figure could be next. Last year the Vatican erected a statue of Galileo as a way of saying sorry for trying the astronomer in 1633 for his observation that the Earth moved around the Sun; in February a leading official declared Darwin's theory of evolution compatible with the Christian faith, and in July L’Osservatore praised Oscar Wilde, the gay playwright, as “a man who behind a mask of amorality asked himself what was just and what was mistaken”.

Professor Sans argues that Marx’s intellectual legacy was marred by the misappropriation of his work by the communist regimes of the 20th century. “It is no exaggeration to say that nothing has damaged the interests of Marx the philosopher more than Marxism,” he said.

This overturns a century of Catholic hostility to his creed. Two years ago Benedict XVI singled out Marxism as one of the great scourges of the modern age. “The Marxist system, where it found its way into government, not only left a sad heritage of economic and ecological destruction, but also a painful destruction of the human spirit,” he told an audience in Brazil.

Then again the Pope has been busy reappraising modern capitalism. Benedict’s latest encyclical, Charity in Truth, offers a direct response to the recession, arguing that global capitalism has lost its way .....
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Professor Sans’s view of Marx was not without criticism. He argued that Marx’s “materialist” view of history had wrongly reduced man to no more than a product of his material, economic and physical circumstances.
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Marx was baptised as a Christian but he remained an atheist all his life. He once observed that “religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

Marx was expelled from several European countries for his radical espousal of a working-class revolution. He moved to London in May 1849 and lived there until his death in 1883.

Note: Professor Sans’s article was first published in La Civiltà Cattolica, a Jesuit paper; then in L'Osservatore Romano. Both papers are vetted in advance by the Vatican Secretariat of State. The decision to republish it in the L'Osservatore Romano,  the official Vatican newspaper,  gives it an stronger endoresement of Benedict XVI's Administration.

Now, let us review a sample of what Marx (not Lenin nor Stalin) professed:

Quote from the Communist Manifesto:
(4)

These measures will, of course, be different in different countries.  Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c.


Now, let us focus on the words used in the article's Abstract used to begin the white-wash in earnest of Karl Marx: (5)

[our highlighting]

WHAT REMAINS OF MARX AFTER THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL – Georg Sans S.J.

Twenty years after the end of the “Cold War” and the end of real socialism, it seems necessary to distinguish between the philosophical thought of Marx and the political ideology that is derived from it.  Marx’s relation with Engels made him a critic of capitalism and the theory of socialism.  But his early writings dealing with political economics bring to light his original philosophical reflections before its application to the proletariat revolution.  If the image of Marx as a revolutionary is no more, today one recognizes the still valid part of his philosophical thought – particularly, the principle that economic problems have to be connected to social and anthropologic ones.  On the other hand, the question of the economic surplus has not lost any of its legitimacy.  The author teaches the History of Contemporary Philosophy at the Università Gregoriana.

© La Civiltà Cattolica 2009 IV 127-136         issue 3824


COMMENTS - CONCLUSION

Let us remember that Liberation Theology (led by some priests with Marxist inclinations in Latin America, and which the Vatican has been fighting vehemently), sprang up back in the mid-18th century (6) . Said movement has continued until our days precisely because of the "'social alienation' felt by the 'large part of humanity' that remained excluded" in Latin America; a situation nurtured precisely by the Ecclesiastic authorities throughout Latin America for centuries - up to today.

These Administrators have no shame.  Babylon the great, the mother of the fornications, and the abominations of the earth [Rev. 17:5] does not even bother to be subtle about her unbridled passion for power.

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(1)  A deaf ear to Heaven
(2)  The true Petrine Ministry
(3) 
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(4)  Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto
(5)  Source
(6) The birth of the Theology of Liberation


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