Friday, April 3, 2009

Fr. Corapi-Socialism is "Inherently Evil"

In his weekly newsletter Father John Corapi, SOLT, reminds us that socialism is "inherent evil" and corrupt:

At a time when it surely seems that capitalism has run amuck and poised the world on the edge of economic ruin, the temptation is very strong for the pendulum to swing too far left into the failed and immoral territory of socialism. Historically pure socialism has never worked, philosophically it cannot work, and morally it is inherently evil (because it undermines the right of private property ownership, an inherent human right) and hence should not be given a chance to work.

The response might be that what we have at the moment isn’t pure socialism. The problem is that the moment is incredibly fluid and the direction toward a more radical form of socialism under way with frightening speed. Unless, of course, you believe the politicians and their appointees whose stock-in-trade has become lies, deception, and self-interest.

The common error is to think that socialism helps the poor and disenfranchised. As Pope Leo XIII pointed out as long ago as 1891 in his Encyclical “Rerum Novarum”, socialism does not help the poor. Rather, it reduces everyone to the same lowest common denominator of poverty and misery, while at the same time drying up the very sources of capital.

I recently prepared a half hour video presentation for the “Fullness of Truth” conference in Corpus Christi, Texas that speaks of the Church’s social teaching relative to socialism. This is a brief synthesis of some of the problems we face economically and how socialism is not the answer to these problems.

We are making this half hour DVD available to our customers free with a regular purchase of $50.00 or more for a limited time only.

God Bless You

Fr. John Corapi

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Always On Watch said...

Socialism -- or any other form of Statism for that matter -- is filled with hollow promises of utopia. Those promises never come to fruition, of course. Instead, the people get oppression. Unfortunately, they won't believe what the real outcome is until they experience it.

Carlos Echevarria said...

That is right Always.

You are right about experiences...for example 67 % of Hispanics voted for Barry Hussein.

But a majority of Cuban Americans, Venezuelan Americans and Nicaraguan Americans voted for McCain!!!!

walt said...

…and what has capitalism done for the poor? Look at the disparities of opportunity, income and well-being that have been created in the richest country in the history of the world. We can’t even make a moral commitment to make full health care available to all who need it…for whom has capitalism worked.
If he’s so much against that which is perceived as socialism, he might want to consider doing away with monasteries and convents, often the epitome of both communism and autocracy. What did Christ say about “ownership” and worldly goods and “these, the least of my brethren.”?
Would he also rant as evil the “socialist” aspects of Medicare (government provided & government paid)? How about the Veterans administration? What about the corporate socialism that exists through government contracts, subsidies, tax breaks and bribery and kickbacks? Perhaps he would like his own tax exempt government protected status removed.
The social democracies of Europe have realized that our common fate depends on our common welfare, that government can be a source of well-being and protection that insures the common good. Finally, he apparently doesn’t understand that social welfare policies have nothing to do with the elimination of private property, or even the encroachment on private property.
He’s another example of the worst of priests who use their collar and skirt to promote division, disinformation, fear and hate. Part of a systemic, and institutional effort to keep the poor powerless and helpless. If you look carefully at the pictures and paintings of the past (especially the Western past), you’ll see a priest or bishop standing next to history’s most despicable autocrats, endorsing oppression, class and privilege. This priest is another example of a TV mongering demagogue who makes it clear why the church continues to lose its moral authority. Tell him to read the Corporal Works of Mercy. When was the last time he worked among the poor instead of in front of a Catholic channel TV camera.

Craig Dennis said...

You would have to be stunningly ignorant of Fr Corapi to really, REALLY think that he is trying to hurt the poor. There are not many people who have walked the walk while talking the talk about helping the poor as much as he.

He CONSTANTLY advocates REAL charity to the poor. Which is helping people YOURSELF instead of saying that "the government will do it."

Helping people is not "the government's" job. It is your job. Your job to ACTUALLY get up and go and give your time, money, and treasure, and MOST IMPORTANTLY your love and affection to your fellow man in need. The government can not give love, no matter how much socialism you demand, and in fact socialism and communism foments warfare between groups in society.

Fr Corapi, as has the whole church since it's beginning, advocates loving charitable giving. And they denounce the evil of selfish socialism, whether for rich, poor, aristocrat or pauper.

And bringing monasteries into this is ridiculous, since UNLIKE COMMUNISM they share with each other by CHOICE as a FAMILY shares. Which is why they call each other "brother." Which anyone can figure out if they were to visit a monastery for about 2 hours. PLEASE learn something about the Church before spreading absurd calumnies about it