Jesuit Magazine Makes ‘Catholic Case for Communism’


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“Many of my friends in the Party for Socialism and Liberation, for example, a Marxist-Leninist party, are churchgoing Christians or folks without a grudge against their Christian upbringing,” Dettloff declares, “as are lots of people in the radical wing of the Democratic Socialists of America.”

The writer then describes Christianity as just another ideological “faction” alongside other factions, such as communism.

“The history of communism, whatever else it might be, will always contain a history of Christianity, and vice versa, whether members of either faction like it or not,” he proposes.

Citing Marxist arguments, Dettloff makes the bizarre claim that the ownership of private property necessarily leads to slavery, since property owners come to see other people as just another form of property to be owned.

Capitalism emerged through “the privatization of what was once public, like shared land,” Dettloff declares, paraphrasing Marx. “As time went on, human beings themselves would become the private property of other human beings.”

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Actually, this is nothing really new; Jesuits have been making this case for centuries (even before Communism was a word on Marx or whoever's lips).

To my mind, this view comes from three places. First, it's a grossly wrong misreading of the early chapters of Acts (of the Apostles). Second, it reflects the temperament of the kind of person drawn to being a Jesuit. And third, this worldview is very much to the advantage of (in this case) the Catholic Church (as in, like the Communist Party (a necessary management feature of Communism) the Church holds everything in trust for its faithful).

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