Regína sacratíssimi Rosárii, ora pro nobis!

Fourth Sunday after Easter—29 April A.D. 2018
Ave Maria!


    Please pray for the family of Alfie Evans, the 23 month old child who died at 2:30 AM British time on April 28.
    British socialized medicine could not diagnose his problem, refused to let him go elsewhere, and took him off life support.  Remarkably, Alfie lived from Monday to Saturday without the use of his ventilator.
    I ask you to pray for the family and not for little Alfie, who died in his baptismal innocence, and is most certainly in the bosom of Almighty God.  They can kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul.


    Tuesday, May 1, we will celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, a relatively new feast in the Catholic calendar, going back only to May of 1955, during the pontificate of the saintly Pope Pius XII.  Some ill‑informed Catholics hold that Pope Pius was giving in to the Marxists by recognizing May 1 as a worker’s holiday—but that could not be farther from the truth.

    The Catholic Popes have condemned socialism since the time of Karl Marx (1818-1883).  Leo XIII (1810-1903) and Marx were contemporaries, and Leo’s encyclical Rerum novarum is a devastating critique of socialism in all its forms, written in May of 1891, just shortly after Marx’ death.[1]  You can read Leo’s encyclical in several places around the internet, and it is in print in a great book, The Popes Against Modern Errors.[2]

    Leo’s major premise is that Socialism is unjust because it deprives workers of the right to sustain and improve their living their conditions by amassing private property, and by invading the rights of the family.  Thirty years later, the Russian revolution proved Leo correct as many starved to death.  Saturday, Leo was again proved correct as a child died as the result of the invaded rights of a little boy’s parents.

    Today there are people who claim that a moderate socialism is possible under a benevolent government—they miss the point socialism is based on theft of property and disruption of families and communities.  Leo XIII put it this way:

    Socialists, therefore, by endeavoring to transfer the possessions of individuals to the community at large, strike at the interests of every wage-earner, since they would deprive him of the liberty of disposing of his wages, and thereby of all hope and possibility of increasing his resources and of bettering his condition in life.[3]

    The socialists, therefore, in setting aside the parent and setting up a State supervision, act against natural justice, and destroy the structure of the home.[4]

    Leo favored the establishment of labor unions as long as they observed Christian principles—he compared them favorably to the medieval gilds.[5]  He wrote several paragraphs about the right of workers to organize themselves.

    In Quadragesimo Anno, forty years later, on the anniversary of Rerum novarum, Pope Pius XI would renew the condemnation of socialism, with the “benefit” of seeing how Lenin and Stalin actually implemented the false doctrines of Marx.  Pope Pius would write:

    Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true Socialist.[6]

    Both Leo XIII and Pius XI favored labor organizations, although Pope Pius advocated that specifically Catholic unions be formed.[7]

    The Italian Christian Workers' Association has enjoyed mixed success in organizing Catholic workers in Italy.  It was to this organization that Pope Pius XII was speaking when he instituted the feast of Saint Joseph the Workman.[8]  Pope Pius’ intention was to Christianize the observance of May first—much as the early Church Christianized the pagan celebration of the Roman Sun god, Sol invictus by celebrating Christmas rather arbitrarily on the same day.

    As might be expected, Pope Pius renewed the papal condemnation of Marxism:

    ... always by religious reasons, the Church condemned the various systems of Marxist socialism, and condemns them again today, as is his permanent right and duty to preserve the currents and influences men, who they endanger their eternal salvation.

    Jesus Christ does not wait for … the way to penetrate the social realities, with systems that are not derived from Him, be they called "secular humanism" or "socialism purged by materialism." His divine kingdom of truth and justice is present in the regions where the opposition between classes incessantly threatens to have the upper hand.[9]

    The position of the Church is clear: “One cannot be a socialist and a Christian.”  It is up to us as workers, employers, citizens, parents, and Christians to work for its elimination wherever possible.

    Join us for Mass on Tuesday if possible.  Pray to Saint Joseph.  Pray to Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard.  Pray that, if nothing else, the “death panels” be abolished!



[2]   TAN (Now St. Benedict Press)  Available at Amazon:

[3]   Rerum novarum, #5

[4]   Rerum novarum, #14

[5]   Rerum novarum, #49

[7]   Quadragesimo Anno #32-38

[9]   Address of Pope Pius XII, toward the middle—the paragraphs are not numbered.



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