Part 1 CONSPIRACY THEORIES! To Believe or Not to Believe? That is the Question!
Are You A Conspiracy Theorist? The list of conspiracy theories grows every month! You can take your pick from literally hundreds of conspiracy theories that are circulating the internet! You could study a different one for each day of the year! Some of the most popular ones being: The assassination of President Kennedy; Nine-Eleven; Freemasonry; the Global Elitists; the death of Pope John Paul I; the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI; the overturned election of Cardinal Siri being replaced by Pope John XXIII; the infiltration of the Church by Satanists and Masons; the ruling of America by the “Deep State”; the plan to reduce world population to a mere 500 million; the political scripting of wars; the fake two-party political system in the USA; the chemtrails; the control and manipulation of weather and natural disasters; vaccinations; water fluoridation; government surveillance of all that we do electronically; etc., etc.
What is a “Conspiracy Theory”? It’s a term used by many to brush off something that clashes with what they believe in, or have believed in for a long period of time. Taking in new information, that runs counter to a current belief system, is not easy and can cause the feeling of cognitive dissonance – a term used in modern psychology to describe the feeling of discomfort that arises from being confronted with two or more conflicting ideas, beliefs, or values. It suggests that we have an inner drive to hold onto all of our beliefs and attitudes, avoiding the feelings of discomfort and instability that accompany new ideas, regardless of whether those ideas are backed by evidence and sound logic.
Why do we always believe, without further consideration, what is presented to us through mainstream sources? Why do we hold it to be true, without question? One reason is that we are insufficiently informed and poorly educated. If you do not understand how a car works, then the mechanic could tell you all kinds of lies about what needs to be done to fix your car and would believe him. The same is true for history, religion, economics, health issues, etc.
Dumb and Blind is What You Find When one is dumb and blind, what you will find, is that thoughts of conspiracy are far from one's mind. Dumb people couldn’t recognize a conspiracy, even it was staring them in the face. To start asking too many questions might betray their ‘dumbness’ and so they “go with the flow.” It really pays to have dumb people. They are at the mercy of whatever someone else tells them. This ‘dumbness’ is more often than not the result of laziness. They could read more, research more, study more, think more deeply, analyze more—it would make them more intelligent and ‘sharp’—but they have more important trivial and fun things to attend to—watch the TV, listen to music, surf the internet for trivial stuff, follow some sport, spend time on social media, catch-up on the latest gossip, pursue a hobby, etc.
Why is it so common for many of us to not even acknowledge, listen, or look at evidence which runs counter to the accepted ideology? To ignore available information which presents an alternative to what is so commonly believed by many – or what we ourselves believe can place the human race in a very vulnerable, gullible state. Even if there is an overwhelming amount of evidence, many find it easy to dismiss.
Laughing at Conspiracy Theories The world laughs at Catholic conspiracy theories. Catholics laugh at Catholic conspiracy theories. Those who hold to conspiracy theories are looked upon as lunatics! It is actually those who think that there is no conspiracy, who are the real lunatics. As they say: “Truth is stranger than fiction!” From the very beginning of time conspiracy has been around. Satan the ultimate conspirator before his fall from grace after his conspiracy failed, later conspired against Adam and Eve. The brothers of Joseph (of colorful coat fame) conspired to kill him. Saul conspired to kill David. David conspired to kill his general Urias. The Pharisees conspired to kill Jesus. This is not even the tip of the iceberg (see further below).
Add to this the clear statements of Our Lord that family members will revolt and conspire against other family members and betray them: “And the brother shall betray his brother unto death, and the father his son; and children shall rise up against the parents, and shall work their death” (Mark 13:12). While Our Lady of Akita states: “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops.” Is Our Lord a lunatic? Is Our Lady a lunatic? Of course not, but the best way to deflect attention is to attack and discredit anyone who points out what is going and ridicule them to ‘high-heaven’.
Do Things “Just Happen”? All revolutions are, at the end of the day, conspiracies. Did the Russian Revolution “just happen” or was it staged to happen? Do we believe the sanitized version of ‘surface history’ or does something more lie beneath the surface? If something lies beneath the surface, then there are lies on the surface! Franklin D. Roosevelt was alleged to have said: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” Though some dispute that he ever said that, there can be little dispute over the truth of the statement—especially in the political theater over the last 200 to 250 years. Some may say that smells of a “Conspiracy Theory” attitude, but then we would have to condemn Our Lady as also being a “Conspiracy Theorist”—for she said:
Our Lady is a Conspiracy Theorist “All the civil governments will have one and the same plan, which will be to abolish and do away with every religious principle, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism and vice of all kinds” (Our Lady of La Salette) … “From the end of the 19th century and especially in the 20th century … Satan will reign almost completely by means of the Masonic sects. They will focus particularly on the children, in order to achieve this general corruption. Woe to the children of these times! … The evil sect of Masonry will take control of the civil government—will see a cruel persecution of all religious communities … As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and profaned in the fullest sense of the word. Masonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the objective of doing away with this Sacrament. This will make it easy for everyone to live in sin and will encourage the procreation of illegitimate children born without being incorporated into the Church.” (Our Lady of Good Success).
The Bible Subscribes to Conspiracy Theories Conspiracy is as old as time and Holy Scripture gives many examples of it. There was a conspiracy among the angels and after St. Michael destroyed that conspiracy Lucifer and his fellow conspirators were driven out into Hell. Then the devil conspires against Adam and Eve: “Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the Earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: ‘Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?’ etc…” (Genesis 3:1-5). We see Cain conspire to kill Abel (Genesis 4:8). Conspiracies then flow freely: “There was a strong conspiracy” (2 Kings 15:12) … “Baasa conspired against him and slew him in Gebbethon” (3 Kings 15:27) … “Jehu conspired against Joram” (4 Kings 9:14) … “ I conspired against my master, and slew him” (4 Kings 10:9) … “She rent her garments, and cried: ‘A conspiracy! A conspiracy!’” (4 Kings 11:14) … “And his servants arose, and conspired among themselves, and slew Joas” (4 Kings 12:20) … “Sellum conspired against him and killed him, and reigned in his place” (4 Kings 15:10) … “And Phacee conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria” (4 Kings 15:25) … “Osee conspired, and formed a plot against Phacee” (4 Kings 15:30) … “But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against King Amen” (4 Kings 21:24) … “Now the men that conspired against him were Zabad and Jozabad” (2 Para. 24:26) … “His servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house” (2 Para. 33:24).
The Prophet Jeremias writes: “And the Lord said to me: ‘A conspiracy is found among the men of Juda, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem!’”
King Saul says: “All of you have conspired against me, and there is no one to inform me, especially when even my son hath entered into league with the soil of Isai? There is not one of you that pitieth my case, nor that giveth me any information: because my son hath raised up my servant against me, plotting against me to this day! … Why have you conspired against me?” (1 Kings 22:8, 13).
The Book of Psalms says: “O God, Thy enemies have made a noise: and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head. They have taken a malicious counsel against Thy people, and have consulted against Thy saints. They have said: ‘Come and let us destroy them, so that they be not a nation: and let the name of Israel be remembered no more!’ For they have contrived with one consent: they have made a covenant together against Thee!” (Psalm 82:2-6). (Jeremias 11:9).
St. Matthew relates: “Then were gathered together the chief priests and ancients of the people into the court of the high priest, who was called Caiphas: and they consulted together, that by subtlety they might apprehend Jesus, and put Him to death” (Matthew 26:2-4).
St. Mark reports: “And the Pharisees going out, immediately made a consultation with the Herodians against Jesus, how they might destroy Him.” (Mark 3:6).
St. Luke writes: “And when day was come, some of the Jews gathered together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying, that they would neither eat, nor drink, till they killed Paul. And they were more than forty men that had made this conspiracy. Who came to the chief priests and the ancients, and said: ‘We have bound ourselves under a great curse that we will eat nothing till we have slain Paul!’” (Acts 23:12-14).
Who Really Is A Lunatic? All of this should put the gainsayers and mockers of “Conspiracy Theories” in the lunatic asylum, for it is crazier to imagine that there are no conspiracies than to think there are conspiracies. The devils are constantly conspiring and plotting how to ensnare and damn souls, and they use humans as pawns in that task. Whether or not Franklin D. Roosevelt actually said: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way” is of little importance. What is important is that such a statement is very true—especially in the major events of the world.
“Why have the Gentiles raged, and the people devised vain things? The kings of the Earth stood up, and the princes met together, against the Lord and against his Christ, saying: ‘Let us break their bonds asunder: and let us cast away their yoke from us!’” (Psalm 2:1-3). This is what the rulers of the modern world are trying to do today—they are conspiring to cast-off Christ and His yoke.
Part 2 CONSPIRACY THEORIES! Conspiracy Theory or Conspiracy Fact?
Theory or Fact? Truth or Just an Act? A theory is not necessarily a fact. A theory could be said to be a suspicion that something is “so and so” or “this and that”—it is not necessarily a fact but a beginning in the search for truth. There should be no fear in considering certain things, even if they are unpalatable, uncertain, unlikely, unknown, or even unreasonable. From the viewpoint of Moral Theology, suspicion is not a sin, but rash judgment is a sin. St. Thomas Aquinas was not afraid of considering the opposite viewpoint to truth—in fact, his whole Summa Theologica begins every question with a contention, objection or apparent contradiction. He is not afraid to consider these viewpoints in a serious manner, and then he answers those contentions, objections or apparent contradictions by arriving at his search for the truth.
Scientific advances would never have happened if researchers were afraid to enter into the unknown and even take great risks in doing so. Most of science starts out with a theory, not a fact. It is through research and experimentation that the theory is proven or disproved.
Wise Words of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson, when he was still President of the United States (1801-1809), wrote: “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world” (Letter to John Norvell, June 14th, 1807).
Today, of course, mass media takes many forms besides newspapers. But the standards Jefferson spoke of haven’t changed. “Television network newscast” or “internet posts” might be substituted for “newspaper” in the above paragraph.
Jefferson further said: “I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”
In a world complicated by many lies, telling the truth is sometimes not enough. It is often important to disprove the lies ― especially ones that, through the psychological ploy of repetition, have been embedded in the public mind as facts by the corporate media. With the lies washed away, the truth becomes easier to see.
Even Wiser Word of Pope Pius XI In his great encyclical “On Atheistic Communism” (Divini Redemptoris) of 1937, Pope Pius XI spoke of the deviousness of the Communist methods, pointing out that Communists show all the attributes of a well-hidden conspiracy: “The peril only grows greater from day to day because of the pressure exerted by clever agitators [conspiracy] … The Communism of today, conceals in itself a false messianic idea. A pseudo-ideal of justice, of equality and fraternity in labor impregnates all its doctrine and activity with a deceptive mysticism, which communicates a zealous and contagious enthusiasm to the multitudes entrapped by delusive promises. This is especially true in an age like ours, when unusual misery has resulted from the unequal distribution of the goods of this world ... The doctrine of modern Communism is often concealed under the most seductive trappings … How is it possible that such a system, long since rejected scientifically and now proved erroneous by experience, how is it, We ask, that such a system could spread so rapidly in all parts of the world? The explanation lies in the fact that too few have been able to grasp the nature of Communism. The majority instead succumb to its deception, skillfully concealed by the most extravagant promises … The preachers of Communism are also proficient in exploiting racial antagonisms and political divisions and oppositions … ”
“A third powerful factor in the diffusion of Communism is the conspiracy of silence on the part of a large section of the non-Catholic press of the world. We say conspiracy, because it is impossible otherwise to explain how a press, usually so eager to exploit even the little daily incidents of life, has been able to remain silent for so long about the horrors perpetrated in Russia, in Mexico and even in a great part of Spain; and that it should have relatively so little to say concerning a world organization as vast as Russian Communism. This silence … is favored by various occult forces which for a long time have been working for the overthrow of the Christian Social Order … it has striven to destroy Christian civilization and the Christian religion …. Bishops and priests were exiled, condemned to forced labor, shot and done to death in inhuman fashion; laymen suspected of defending their religion were vexed, persecuted, dragged off to trial and thrown into prison … [and,] as far as possible, every church and every monastery was destroyed. Every vestige of the Christian religion was eradicated ... The fury of Communism has not confined itself to the indiscriminate slaughter of Bishops, of thousands of priests and religious of both sexes; … but the majority of its victims have been laymen of all conditions and classes. Even up to the present moment, masses of them are slain almost daily for no other offense than the fact that they are good Christians or at least opposed to atheistic Communism.”
The Pope then speaks of the objectives and effects of the Communist conspiracy: “Communism, moreover, strips man of his liberty, robs human personality of all its dignity, and removes all the moral restraints that check the eruptions of blind impulse. There is no recognition of any right of the individual in his relations to the collectivity; no natural right is accorded to human personality, which is a mere cog-wheel in the Communist system. In man’s relations with other individuals, besides, Communists hold the principle of absolute equality, rejecting all hierarchy and divinely-constituted authority, including the authority of parents. What men call authority and subordination is derived from the community as its first and only font. Nor is the individual granted any property rights over material goods or the means of production, for inasmuch as these are the source of further wealth, their possession would give one man power over another. Precisely on this score, all forms of private property must be eradicated, for they are at the origin of all economic enslavement. Refusing to human life any sacred or spiritual character, such a doctrine logically makes of marriage and the family a purely artificial and civil institution, the outcome of a specific economic system. There exists no matrimonial bond of a juridico-moral nature that is not subject to the whim of the individual or of the collectivity. Naturally, therefore, the notion of an indissoluble marriage-tie is scouted. Communism is particularly characterized by the rejection of any link that binds woman to the family and the home, and her emancipation is proclaimed as a basic principle. She is withdrawn from the family and the care of her children, to be thrust instead into public life and collective production under the same conditions as man. The care of home and children then devolves upon the collectivity. Finally, the right of education is denied to parents, for it is conceived as the exclusive prerogative of the community, in whose name and by whose mandate alone parents may exercise this right.”
Pope Pius XI pointed out that “the most persistent enemies of the Church who from Moscow are directing the struggle against Christian civilization, themselves bear witness ... that the Papacy ... has called public attention to the perils of Communism more frequently and more effectively than any other public authority on Earth.” (par.6) If then the Catholic Church is such an effective opponent of Communism, it is obvious that the annihilation of the opposition would be top priority for the Marxist-Leninists. It must be destroyed, if not by direct destruction, then by infiltration and subversion.
For years there have been rumors and reports of infiltration of the Church by Communists who would enter seminaries and be ordained priests for the purpose of destroying the Church from within. We present here strong and undeniable confirmation of these rumors. The following are quotes and paraphrases from ex-communists themselves who admit that Moscow had ordered, directed and implemented a terrifyingly successful strategy for the infiltration of the Church.
Albert Vassert, a former member of the French Communist Party revealed in 1955 that Moscow had issued a 1936 order that carefully selected members of the Communist youth enter seminaries, and after training, receive ordination as priests. Some of these were to infiltrate religious orders, particularly the Dominicans. (In his essay “Satan at Work”, Deitrich von Hildebrand reported that the French Dominicans had become so Communistic in their ‘evangelization’ that in 1953, the Order barely escaped dissolution by the order of Pope Pius XII).
Kremlin Orders Infiltration of Catholic Clergy Mr. Manning Johnson, a former official of the Communist Party in America gave the following testimony in 1953 to the House Unamerican Activities Committee: “Once the tactic of infiltration of religious organizations was set by the Kremlin ... the Communists discovered that the destruction of religion could proceed much faster through infiltration of the Church by Communists operating within the Church itself. The Communist leadership in the United States realized that the infiltration tactic in this country would have to adapt itself to American conditions and religious make-up peculiar to this country. In the earliest stages it was determined that with only small forces available to them, it would be necessary to concentrate Communist agents in the seminaries. The practical conclusion drawn by the Red leaders was that these institutions would make it possible for a small Communist minority to influence the ideology of future clergymen in the paths conducive to Communist purposes.”
Further on in his testimony, Mr. Johnson pointed out the grim fact that: “This policy of infiltrating seminaries was successful beyond even our communist expectations ... It is the axiom of Communist organization’s strategy that if a body has 1% Communist Party and 9% Party sympathizers, this 10% can effectively control the remaining 90% who act and think on an individual basis.”
Mr. Johnson further testified that the goals of this infiltration were twofold: (1) To make the Catholic Church no longer effective against Communism. (2) To direct clerical thinking away from the spiritual and toward the temporal and political ... hence, the preaching of the “social gospel”.
Sadly, the Second Vatican Council only mentioned Communism in one footnote of its entire 16 documents? It seems as though the infiltrators, who had reached the highest positions, had done their job well! During the Council, a petition signed by 454 Council Fathers requesting that Communism receive explicit treatment was “mysteriously misplaced”. Since Vatican II, the Church now “dialogues” with Communists instead of opposing them ... a Marxist’s dream come true!
In U.S.A. 1,100 Young Radicals Entered Clergy in 1930s Mrs. Bella Dodd spent most of her life in the Communist Party in America and was Attorney General designate had the Party won the White House. After her defection, she revealed that one of her jobs as a Communist agent was to encourage young radicals (not always card-carrying Communists) to enter Catholic seminaries. She said that before she had left the Party in the United States, she herself had encouraged almost 1,000 young radicals to infiltrate the seminaries and religious orders ... and she was only one Communist.
The Benedictine Brother, Joseph Natale, O.S.B. (died 1995), Superior of Most Holy Family Monastery, was present at one of Bella Dodd’s lectures in the early 1950s. He relates the following: “I listened to that woman for four hours and she had my hair standing on end. Everything she said has been fulfilled to the letter. You would think she was the world's greatest prophet, but she was no prophet. She was merely exposing the step-by-step battle plan of Communist subversion of the Catholic Church. She explained that of all the world's religions, the Catholic Church was the only one feared by the Communists, for it was its only effective opponent. Back then [early 1950's], she said: “Right now they are in the highest places in the Church. They are working to bring about change in order that the Catholic Church would not be effective against Communism ... that these changes would be so drastic that “you will not recognize the Catholic Church. The whole idea was to destroy, not the institution of the Church, but rather the Faith of the people, and even use the institution of the Church, if possible, to destroy the Faith through the promotion of a pseudo-religion — something that resembled Catholicism, but was not the real thing. This would be necessary in order to shame Church leaders into an ‘openness to the world’ and to a more flexible attitude toward all religions and philosophies. The Communists would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church.”
Brother Joseph Natale explains: “She said that of all the world’s religions, the Catholic Church was the only one feared by the Communists, for it was its only effective opponent. Speaking as an ex-Communist, she said: ‘In the 1930s, we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within.’ The idea was for these men to be ordained, and then climb the ladder of influence and authority -- to come to be monsignors and bishops. Back then she said ‘RIGHT NOW THEY ARE IN THE HIGHEST PLACES, and they are working to bring about change in order that the Catholic Church will no longer be effective against Communism.’ She also said that the changes would be so drastic that ‘you will not recognize the Catholic Church’.” (Note, this was about 10 to 12 years before the Second Vatican Council.)
Part 3 THE POPES ON CONSPIRACIES Factual or Foolish?
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In the modern, post-French Revolution era, there are two chief areas that have commanded the attention of the popes with regard to “conspiracy” in a general sense. These are Freemasonry and Communism. The popes are not intimidated by mockery about believing in “conspiracy theories” and state their positions very clearly indeed.
POPE LEO XIII ON THE CONSPIRACY OF FREEMASONRY Pope Leo XIII, in Humanum Genus, his encyclical against Freemasonry, writes:
“At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems to be combining together [which is what a conspiracy is], and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself. They are planning the destruction of holy Church publicly and openly [which is what a conspiracy is], and this with the set purpose of utterly despoiling the nations of Christendom of the blessings obtained for us through Jesus Christ our Savior … At so urgent a crisis, it is Our office to point out the danger and their plans and devices … The Roman Pontiffs were prompt in detecting the presence and the purpose of this capital enemy … hiding as a dark conspiracy; and , they took occasion not allow themselves to be caught by the devices and snares laid out to deceive them …
“But their provident and paternal solicitude had not always and everywhere the result desired; and this, either because of the deception and cunning of some who were active agents in the mischief, or else of the thoughtless levity of the rest … The sect of Freemasons grew with a rapidity beyond conception in the course of a century and a half, until it came to be able, by means of fraud or of audacity, to gain such entrance into every rank of the State as to seem to be almost its ruling power.
“There are several organized bodies which, though differing in name, in ceremonial, in form and origin, are nevertheless so bound together by a common purpose and by the similarity of their main opinions, as to make in fact one thing with the sect of the Freemasons―which is a kind of center from which they all go forth, and to which they all return. Now, these no longer show a desire to remain concealed; for they hold their meetings in the daylight and before the public eye, and publish their own newspaper organs; and yet, when thoroughly understood, they are found still to retain the nature and the habits of secret societies. There are many things, like mysteries, which it is the fixed rule to hide with extreme care, not only from strangers, but from very many members, also; such as their secret and final designs, the names of the chief leaders, and certain secret and inner meetings, as well as their decisions, and the ways and means of carrying them out …
“Candidates are generally commanded to promise ― nay, with a special oath, to swear ― that they will never make known, to any person, at any time or in any way, the members, the passes, or the subjects discussed … They must submit to the direst penalties and death itself, if any are judged to have betrayed the doings of the sect or to have resisted commands given, punishment is inflicted on them not infrequently, and with so much audacity and dexterity that the assassin very often escapes the detection and penalty of his crime [until he comes face-to-face with God].
“Thus, with a fraudulent external appearance, and with a style of willful deception which is always the same, the Freemasons strive, as far as possible, to conceal themselves, and to admit no witnesses but their own members. As a convenient manner of concealment, they assume the character of literary men and scholars associated for purposes of learning. They speak of their zeal for a more cultured refinement, and of their love for the poor; and they declare their one wish to be the amelioration of the condition of the masses, and to share with the largest possible number all the benefits of civil life … But their ultimate purpose forces itself into view ― namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism.
“The sect of the Freemasons shows itself insolent and proud of its success, and seems as if it would put no bounds to its pertinacity. Its followers, joined together by a wicked compact and by secret counsels, give help one to another, and excite one another to an audacity for evil things.” (Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Humanum Genus).
POPE PIUS XI ON THE CONSPIRACY OF COMMUNISM Pope Pius XI, in Divini Redemptoris, his encyclical against atheistic Communism, writes: “A powerful factor in the diffusion of Communism is the conspiracy of silence on the part of a large section of the non-Catholic press of the world. We say conspiracy, because it is impossible otherwise to explain how a press usually so eager to exploit even the little daily incidents of life has been able to remain silent for so long about the horrors perpetrated in Russia, in Mexico and even in a great part of Spain; and that it should have relatively so little to say concerning a world organization as vast as Russian Communism. This silence is due in part to shortsighted political policy, and is favored by various occult forces which for a long time have been working for the overthrow of the Christian Social Order.”
“In making these observations, it is no part of Our intention to condemn en masse the peoples of the Soviet Union. For them We cherish the warmest paternal affection. We are well aware that not a few of them groan beneath the yoke imposed on them by men who, in very large part, are strangers to the real interests of the country. We recognize that many others were deceived by fallacious hopes. We blame only the system, with its authors and abettors who considered Russia the best-prepared field for experimenting with a plan elaborated decades ago, and who from there continue to spread it from one end of the world to the other.” (Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Divini Redemptoris).
POPE ST. PIUS X ON THE CONSPIRACY OF MODERNISTS Pope St. Pius X, in Pascendi, his encyclical against Modernism and Modernists, writes:
“Further, none is more skillful, none more astute than they, in the employment of a thousand noxious devices; for they play the double part of rationalist and Catholic, and this so craftily that they easily lead the unwary into error; and as audacity is their chief characteristic, there is no conclusion of any kind from which they shrink or which they do not thrust forward with pertinacity and assurance To this must be added the fact, which indeed is well calculated to deceive souls, that they lead a life of the greatest activity, of assiduous and ardent application to every branch of learning, and that they possess, as a rule, a reputation for irreproachable morality … It is one of the cleverest devices of the Modernists (as they are commonly and rightly called) to present their doctrines without order and systematic arrangement, in a scattered and disjointed manner, so as to make it appear as if their minds were in doubt or hesitation, whereas in reality they are quite fixed and steadfast.
“We have already some of the artifices employed by Modernists to exploit their wares. What efforts do they not make to win new recruits! They seize upon professorships in the seminaries and universities, and gradually make of them chairs of pestilence. In sermons from the pulpit they disseminate their doctrines, although possibly in utterances which are veiled … They are to be found among the laity, and in the ranks of the clergy, and they are not wanting even in the last place where one might expect to meet them, in religious communities.
“The Modernists vent all their gall and hatred on Catholics who sturdily fight the battles of the Church. But of all the insults they heap on them―those of ignorance and obstinacy are the favorites. When an adversary rises up against them with an erudition and force that render him redoubtable, they try to make a conspiracy of silence around him to nullify the effects of his attack … Such is a summary description of the Modernists with their doctrines ― methods and doctrines replete with errors, made not for edification, but for destruction, not for the making of Catholics, but for the seduction of those who are Catholics into heresy; and tending to the utter subversion of all religion.” (Pope St. Pius X, Encyclical Pascendi).
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In Marxist philosophy the “bourgeoisie” is the social class that came to own the means of production during modern industrialization and whose societal concerns are the value of property and the preservation of capital, to ensure the perpetuation of their economic supremacy in society. The “bourgeoisie” is the ruling class of the capitalist era. They were a middle class during the feudal era under the land-owning aristocracy. Capitalism has now simplified the class structure to “owners” and “workers”, and the owners have all the power. The owners are the “bourgeoisie”, and the workers are the “proletariat”.
In Marxism, the “proletariat” is the working class, including farmers and low-skilled factory workers. They do not own any means of production. The bourgeoisie are the capitalist class, the wealthy, who own most of the means of production. Marx argued that the capitalist bourgeoisie mercilessly exploited the proletariat. Here are some extracts from Marx’s Communist Manifesto:
“Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes, directly facing each other: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.”
“The discovery of America, the rounding of the Cape, opened up fresh ground for the rising bourgeoisie. The East-Indian and Chinese markets, the colonization of America, trade with the colonies, the increase in the means of exchange and in commodities generally, gave to commerce, to navigation, to industry, an impulse never before known, and thereby, to the revolutionary element in the tottering feudal society, a rapid development.”
The immediate aim of the Communists is the same as that of all other proletarian parties: formation of the proletariat into a class, overthrow of the bourgeois supremacy, conquest of political power by the proletariat:
“The struggle of the proletariat (working classes) with the bourgeoisie is at first a national struggle. The proletariat of each country must, of course, first of all settle matters with its own bourgeoisie. In depicting the most general phases of the development of the proletariat, we traced the more or less veiled civil war, raging within existing society, up to the point where that war breaks out into open revolution, and where the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie lays the foundation for the sway of the proletariat.”
“The modern laborer, on the contrary, instead of rising with the progress of industry, sinks deeper and deeper below the conditions of existence of his own class. He becomes a pauper, and pauperism develops more rapidly than population and wealth. And here it becomes evident, that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society, and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an over-riding law. It is unfit to rule because it is incompetent to assure an existence to its slave within his slavery, because it cannot help letting him sink into such a state, that it has to feed him, instead of being fed by him. Society can no longer live under this bourgeoisie, in other words, its existence is no longer compatible with society … What the bourgeoisie, therefore, produces, above all, is its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.”
“In what relation do the Communists stand to the proletarians as a whole? The Communists do not form a separate party opposed to other working-class parties. They have no interests separate and apart from those of the proletariat as a whole. They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own, by which to shape and mold the proletarian movement. The Communists are distinguished from the other working-class parties by this only:
(1) In the national struggles of the proletarians of the different countries, they point out and bring to the front the common interests of the entire proletariat, independently of all nationality. (2) In the various stages of development which the struggle of the working class against the bourgeoisie has to pass through, they always and everywhere represent the interests of the movement as a whole.
“The Communists, therefore, are on the one hand, practically, the most advanced and resolute section of the working-class parties of every country, Communists are that section which pushes forward all others; on the other hand, theoretically, Communists have the advantage over the great mass of the proletariat of clearly understanding the line of march, the conditions, and the ultimate general results of the proletarian movement. The immediate aim of the Communist is the same as that of all the other proletarian parties: formation of the proletariat into a class, overthrow of the bourgeois supremacy, conquest of political power by the proletariat … Communists never cease, for a single instant, to instill into the working class the clearest possible recognition of the hostile antagonism between bourgeoisie and proletariat … The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”
“The first step in the revolution by the working class, is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling as to win the battle of democracy. The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the State … The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.”