WESTERN EUROPE: Socialism & the Vatican

The socialists wrongly assume the right of property to be of mere human invention . . . and, preaching up the community of goods, declare that ... all may with impunity seize upon the possessions and usurp the rights of the wealthy. More wise and profitably, the Church recognizes the existence of inequality amongst men.

—Leo XIII, Dec. 28, 1878

No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true socialist.

—Pius XI, May 15, 1931

From socialism's earliest beginnings down through the years to the present, the Roman Catholic Church has branded the Marxist doctrine of socialism with...

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