Saturday, June 26, 2010

Alleged Catholic makes case for Socialism

Professor Emeritus of Puerto Rican Studies, Anthony Stevens-Arroy stated in his op/ed in the Washington Post that Catholics are obliged to embrace a political system that has been renounced by Popes for well over 100 years.

Stevens-Arroyo wrote, "Catholics in America are bound to embrace a redistribution of wealth, even if it goes contrary to ranting from groups like the Tea Party or Wall Street."

Since the mid-1800, no less than eight Popes have issued encyclicals (official teaching letters) against both Socialism and political Liberalism.


Blogger Simplex Vir said...

The stupidest Catholics always get the spotlight. This moron has no concept of the Church's long history of battling communism, socialism, and Despotism. That this person represents himself as a Catholic is reprehensible. I am sure the USCCB will puff its chest and them breath out!!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Old Bob said...

Obviously Stevens-Arroyo thinks he is wiser than popes. I doube he can walk on water, though.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Al said...

You can tell he hasn't actually read any of the documents he refers to, just the MSM outtakes that spin them to mean something totally different from what the Pope was talking about. In particular notice he ignores the fact that Papa Benedetto mentions abortion as the worst threat out there.

& it is clear he hasn't read the catechism, let alone any of the documents of the last 100 or 1000 yrs that would totally counter all he has said.

fortunately, 1 of those commenting on the article put up some of the same quotes I have used before to counter Moonbattery like his (saving me the need to look them up).

So here they are:

Catholic teaching on Socialism: ”…Socialism…cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth.” QUADRAGESIMO ANNO, 117, Encyclical of Pope Pius XI Reconstruction of the Social Order, May 15, 1931

“…no Catholic [can] subscribe even to moderate Socialism.”MATER ET MAGISTRA, 34, Pope John XXIII On Christianity and Social Progress, May 15, 1961

“Socialists…debase the natural union of man and woman…the [family] bond they…deliver up to lust. Lured…by the greed of present goods…they assail the right of property. While they seem desirous of caring for the needs and satisfying the desires of all men, they strive to seize and hold in common whatever has been acquired either by title, by labor, or by thrift.” QUOD APOSTOLICI MUNERIS, 1, Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII On Socialism, December 28, 1878

3:02 AM  
Blogger Athanasius contra mundum said...

Its amazing how the same errors and heresies never seem to go away.

8:40 AM  
Blogger JLS said...

Hey, only 8 popes out of about 260 popes hardly looks like a well supported opinion.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Hey, 8 Popes in the past 150 years. Pretty well supported opinion.

BTW, since when is the truth dependant on opinion polls?

6:01 PM  

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