Skip to comments.Leo XIII Knew Socialism Would Fail Because it was Evil
Posted on 01/10/2013 8:08:23 AM PST by marshmallow
It is generally held that Catholic Social Teaching begins with Pope Leo XIIIs masterly encyclical, Rerum Novarum (1891). That, as Ive tried to show, is a dreadful mistake. Pope Leo considered it his duty to apply to current concerns the constant teaching of the Church and of the word of God. Like Thomas Aquinas, the study of whose works he promoted vigorously, he would have considered originality a vice, not a virtue.
Perhaps we are misled by the title, Rerum Novarum. In our anti-society of rapacious consumption of the new and improved, and the unease instilled in us by mass marketers and politicians who cry that if we do not act now we will be lostAwake, arise, or be forever falln! cries the Prince of Politicians to his fellow devils in Miltons hellwe are apt to credit Pope Leo with seeing the light of novelty. No such thing. The ancient Romans held the political innovator to be a plague. Res nova means revolution, and the spirit of revolutionary change, rerum novarum spiritus, writes Leo, has been disturbing the nations of the world.
What are the elements of this upheaval? Leo names five: The vast expansion of industrial pursuits and the marvelous discoveries of science; the changed relations between masters and workmen; the enormous fortunes of some few individuals, and the utter poverty of the masses; the increased self-reliance and closer mutual combination of the working classes; the prevailing moral degeneracy. The first is a neutral datum; it is the stage. The next three are social conditions with deep moral implications. The fifth is a moral sickness which would, unchecked, vitiate any attempt to solve the problems of the working classes by monetary or juridical meanswe might say, by mechanical means.
How did matters come to this pass? Leo blames the....
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Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in "our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places" (Ephes. 6:12). Come to the assistance of men whom God has created to His likeness and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector; to thee, the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into heaven. Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us; take hold of "the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan," bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit "so that he may no longer seduce, the nations" (Rev. 20:2).
I would venture that anything that seeks to make itself more important than God, is either unknowing of the Truth, or is evil.
As always, thanks for the ping.
The Archangel’s name means “who is like God?”
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