“Always moved by religious motives, the Church has condemned the various forms of Marxist Socialism; and she condemns them today, because it is her permanent right and duty to safeguard men from currents as thought and influences that jeopardize their external salvation. But the Church cannot ignore or overlook the fact that the worker in his efforts to better his lot, is opposed by a machinery which is not only not in accordance with nature, but is at variance with God’s plan and with the purpose He had in creating the goods of earth.

In spite of the fact that the ways they followed were and are false and to be condemned, what man, and especially what priest or Christian, could remain deaf to the cries that rise from the depths and call for justice and a spirit of brotherly collaboration in a world ruled by a just God? Such silence would be culpable and unjustifiable before God, and contrary to the inspired teaching of the Apostle, who, while he inculcates the need of resolution in the fight against error, also knows that we must be full of sympathy for those who err, and open-minded in our understanding of their aspirations, hopes and motives.

When He blessed our first parents, God said: “Increase and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.” And to the first father of a family, He said later: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.” The dignity of the human person, then, requires normally as a natural foundation of life the right to the use of the goods of the earth. To this right corresponds the fundamental obligation to grant private ownership of property, if possible, to all. Positive legislation regulating private ownership may change and more or less restrict its use. But if legislation is to play its part in the pacification of the community, it must prevent the worker, who is or will be a father of a family, from being condemned to an economic dependence and slavery which is irreconcilable with his rights as a person. Whether this slavery arises from the exploitation of private capital or from the power of the state, the result is the same.”

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Venerable Pope Pius XII

Christmas Address Radiomessage, 1942

Pedro Gabriel

Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.

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  1. chris dorf says:

    Reading this, you may appreciate this group in the USA

    http://www.cesj.org/about-cesj-in-brief/

    The Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), all-volunteer educational center, grassroots think-tank and social action catalyst established in 1984 to advance liberty and justice for every person through equal opportunity and access to the means to become a capital owner.

    CESJ members are part of a growing global network of citizen-activists, servant leaders and social entrepreneurs. While we come from different backgrounds, countries and faiths, we share a vision of human freedom and empowerment based on universal moral principles. Membership in CESJ is open to all who share our Core Values and Code of Ethics. Read more>>
    WHAT WE DO.

    CESJ studies, teaches, promotes and applies the Just Third Way. Applying its principles of economic and social justice, and the logic of binary economics, we develop practical solutions to systemic problems at the enterprise, community, national and global level, empowering directly every man, woman and child with the means of acquiring productive capital as an independent source of income. Read more>>
    OUR MISSION.

    CESJ’s mission is inspired by design-scientist Bucky Fuller’s “Challenge” — to make “the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”

    Our mission is to advance liberty and justice for every person through equal opportunity and access to the means to become a capital owner. To achieve this, we promote understanding of the principles of economic and social justice and the free market theory of binary economics; develop practical applications, policy reforms and comprehensive strategies; and work with servant leaders, citizen-activists and other organizations to build justice-based enterprises, communities and nations of economically independent citizen-owners. Read more >>

  2. Pat says:

    When a great pope talks, the holiness and the glory of God oozes from the very words. It is not hard to see how this man could have convinced so many to risk martyrdom at the hands of the Nazi’s for hiding Jews etc just by asking for it to be done.

    • Pedro Gabriel Pedro Gabriel says:

      Agreed. But also, when a great pope talks, the Devil does everything in his reach to destroy his image. In this case, vile propaganda has made people see this holy Pope as a weak pontiff.

      I see the same holiness and glory of God oozing from every single word from Pope Francis. And the same vile propaganda directed against him to try to put down his holy teachings.

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