The title of the Catholic League press release is: “Should Obama Swear on Das Kapital?”
You can read the Catholic League press release here: catholicleague.org/should-obama-swear-on-das-kapital/
The followers of Marx worked to establish Social Justice and the Universal Brotherhood of Man by use of dictatorship and state terrorism.
The followers of Jesus Christ work to establish Social Justice and the Universal Brotherhood of Man by the preaching of the Gospel of Christ, and particularly by the implementing of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
Yet, as I see it, many or most of the “conservative” activist lay Catholics in the America of today reject BOTH Marxism and Catholic Social Doctrine.
Marx and his followers were opponents of Capitalism. Marxists are mostly extinct now. Yet, for sure, there are still a few lunatics and eccentrics long to return to the days of the “glorious” Soviet Union. In one of his books, Obama notes how in college he saw and felt sorry for the pathetic people still trying to distribute the Communist party newspaper on sidewalks.
But Catholics are supposed to be opponents of what Pope Benedict XVI called “unregulated financial Capitalism” in his New Years World Peace Day Message on January 1, 2013.
Yet, as I see it, most of the “conservative” activist lay Catholics in the America of today are fiercely devoted to the political conservative cause of re-establishing in the USA the unregulated Capitalism that existed from 1776 until about 1933.
It seems to be that the 1930s of Europe is being played out in the America of today. All this fervent anti-Socialism and anti-Marxism is EXACTLY what one sees when one reads books about the history of the various right wing movements in the Weimar Republic in Germany (1919 to 1933). All this makes my heart ache. We seem poised on the edge of unthinkable tragedy once again.
I am not upset about this, not much. Just sad. It is human nature. It is the Fall. It is Original Sin. The great conflicts of the world are not generally between the Holy Ones and the Wicked Ones, but between two factions of the Fallen.
I think of the famous poem by W.B Yeats, “The Second Coming” (1919). Here are the key lines to me:
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
I wish I could enter a monastery and just pray half of the day and hoe the community garden the rest of the day, until the time for my soul to leave this corrupt world.