Sure, Zamagni said that no economic system is a “guarantee of happiness.” But that simply means that the Vatican does not give carte blanche support to every single aspect of Marxism. It adapts it, tweaks it, and thus conforms it to its own ends. But at heart, Rome is pro-Communist in its policies today, just as it has been since John XXIII.
And then this wily professor showed the pro-Red colours of the encyclical clearly when he said the “Church” looks at the roots of social conflicts. For example, he said, “If we were to cancel debt but not change structures, in another 15 years, there would be debt again. It is necessary to attack the structures of sin.” This is classic “liberation theology” (i.e. Roman Catholic Communism)! In liberation theology, sin in the human heart is not emphasised as much; they prefer to speak of “sin” being in the “structures of society”. And they believe that when these structures are changed, from Capitalistic to Communistic ones, then “salvation” is achieved. This is Marxism in a religious disguise.
Couched in religious-sounding terminology, the encyclical criticises the current economic system, “where the pernicious effects of sin are evident”, urging financiers to “rediscover the genuinely ethical foundation of their activity.” All very nice-sounding, but this is Roman Catholic “liberation theology”. He writes: “In the search for solutions to the current economic crisis, development aid for poor countries must be considered a valid means of creating wealth for all.” The phrase, “creating wealth for all”, comes straight out of Marxism. And such “development aid” has to be paid for by someone! Thus the rich nations would have to pay for the upkeep of the poor, regardless of whether they worked hard or were lazy, whether the aid went to fill the pockets of corrupt dictators or not, etc.
No wonder the New York Times, in commenting on the encyclical, admitted: “Indeed, sometimes Benedict sounds like an old-school European socialist, lamenting the decline of the social welfare state and praising the ‘importance’ of labor unions to protect workers.” Clear enough!
And this regulation of the global economy would be under the control of the United Nations if the pope of Rome had his way. But regulation of the economy is, of course, classic Marxism again. “One of the things he’s saying is that the global economy is escaping the power of individual states to regulate it,” said John Sniegocki, a professor of “Christian ethics” at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. In other words, it should no longer be regulated by individual states, but by a world body.
Urging “greater social responsibility” from business, Benedict wrote: “Once profit becomes the exclusive goal, if it is produced by improper means and without the common good as the ultimate end, it risks destroying wealth and creating poverty.” Note how “the common good” is emphasised – this is a favourite Papal term, but also fits perfectly into Communist ideology: wealth must be “shared”, even “redistributed” to the poor if not handed over voluntarily. A true Christian, of course, seeks to earn money for the purpose of meeting his own needs and then of voluntarily helping those in need (Eph. 4:28); but no man should be forced to “share” his wealth with others for “the common good”. This is Communism, and it has proven itself to be disastrous wherever it has been implemented. The moment one forcefully takes from the wealthier to give to the poorer, the incentive for the wealthier to continue to work hard and generate wealth is gone – and then everyone suffers, and the system collapses. It is State theft, nothing less.