I heard the quote below a long time ago, but couldn’t remember who said it. I thank Brenda Bowers for finding it for me. http://brendabowers.wordpress.com/
Quote from Nikita Kruschev:
We will take America without firing a shot . . . We will BURY YOU! We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism. We do not have to invade the United States; we will destroy you from within.” (From an address to Western Ambassadors at the Polish embassy in Moscow on November 18, 1956)
I don’t know that it is Russia destroying us, but it is at least socialism that is destroying the United States. Socialism is an evil in this world. It seeks to deprive us of our God-given rights and it has been infiltrating our society little by little for over 100 years. I believe many Americans have finally woken up, but there are still too many who are still sleeping or walking around with blinders on. One of the ways it tries to accomplish its infiltration is through social justice and this has confused many Catholics because social justice is one of the things taught in the church. However the social justice taught by Socialist is not the same thing as the social justice taught in the Catholic Church.
The principles of Catholic Social teachings has its foundations laid by Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical letter entitled “Rerum Novarum” which is subtitled “On Capital and Labor”. Pope Leo set out the Catholic Church’s response to the social instability and labor conflict that had risen in the wake of industrialization and that had led to the rise of socialism.
Some of the principles include:
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The Church teaches that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching.
Call to Family, Community, and Participation
The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society – in economics and politics, in law and policy – directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. People have a right and duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. (No where does it state that the government should do it)
Rights and Responsibilities
Human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. We have a duty to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. (Not by the government, but by Christians)
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected – the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to private property and to economic initiative.
We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.
Higher levels of community, such as the government, should only perform functions not better performed by lower levels of community, such as families and charities. The church teaches that the wealthy have an obligation to the poor, but that this is a PERSONAL DUTY, not something the government should mandate or control. The obligation should be personal in nature (i.e. get involved), whereas government programs separate the giver from the receiver. The church discourages class welfare and contends that envy of the rich is a violation of the 9th commandment.
Care for God’s Creation
We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan; it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental, moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored. (It is not talking about global warming and carbon emissions – smart people now know that is all bogus)
The Catholic Church as well as all churches know that socialism is evil and goes against the liberty of man. But Christians need to be vigilant and aware that it walks around the United States as a wolf in lamb’s clothing parading itself as social justice when in actuality it is government wanting to control every aspect of people’s lives.
Below is an interesting video about the evil of socialism put out by RealCatholicTV.com.
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