Cardinal Marx Likes Karl Marx
The Magisterium Condemns His Errors

by Christopher A. Ferrara
May 2, 2018


The face of ecclesial corruption in Germany

As reported by Gloria TV, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the corrupt German bishops’ conference, told the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (April 29) that he “was ‘impressed’ by Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, at least for its ‘great language’” and that Marx’s critique of capitalism “contributed ‘decisively’ to the emergence of the Catholic social teaching.”

Nonsense. Catholic social teaching is precisely a rejection of both communism and socialism as well as the abuses of unbridled capitalism. As Pope Pius XI wrote of communism in his social justice encyclical Quadragesimo Anno (commemorating the 40th anniversary of Pope Leo’s landmark encyclical on social justice, Rerum Novarum):

“Communism teaches and seeks two objectives: Unrelenting class warfare and absolute extermination of private ownership…. To achieve these objectives there is nothing which it does not dare, nothing for which it has respect or reverence; and when it has come to power, it is incredible and portentlike in its cruelty and inhumanity. The horrible slaughter and destruction through which it has laid waste vast regions of eastern Europe and Asia are the evidence; how much an enemy and how openly hostile it is to Holy Church and to God Himself is, alas, too well proved by facts and fully known to all….”

Nor does socialism, the supposedly moderate variant of communism, escape condemnation. As Pius XI observed, while socialism “professes the rejection of violence but modifies and tempers to some degree, if it does not reject entirely, the class struggle and the abolition of private ownership,” so that it would appear that “Socialism inclines toward and in a certain measure approaches the truths which Christian tradition has always held sacred,” nevertheless any notion of the Church’s compromise with socialism is:

“A vain hope! Those who want to be apostles among socialists ought to profess Christian truth whole and entire, openly and sincerely, and not connive at error in any way. If they truly wish to be heralds of the Gospel, let them above all strive to show to socialists that socialist claims, so far as they are just, are far more strongly supported by the principles of Christian faith and much more effectively promoted through the power of Christian charity.

“….In order that We, in keeping with Our fatherly solicitude, may answer their petitions, We make this pronouncement: Whether considered as a doctrine, or an historical fact, or a movement, Socialism, if it remains truly Socialism, even after it has yielded to truth and justice on the points which we have mentioned, cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth.”

Pope Pius further explained that the Church can never reconcile with socialism because it sanctions both illegitimate use of government force and false modern notions of liberty, detached as they are from the constraints of the divine and even the natural law:

“Society… as Socialism conceives it, can on the one hand neither exist nor be thought of without an obviously excessive use of force; on the other hand, it fosters a liberty no less false, since there is no place in it for true social authority, which rests not on temporal and material advantages but descends from God alone, the Creator and last end of all things.”

In short, socialism is radically incompatible with the Faith because it rejects the Social Kingship of Christ.

But, not surprisingly, so does Cardinal Marx. Accordingly, he leads the corrupt German hierarchy in opposing the Bavarian government’s directive that public buildings shall display a Crucifix, the subject of my last column. With typical Modernist sophistry, he argues that “directing all state buildings to hang crosses amounts to ‘expropriating the cross in the name of the state.’”

More nonsense. Bavaria is not “expropriating” the Cross but rather expressing public reverence for it and what it represents: Christ the King, the Law of the Gospel, and the Christian roots of Europe.

As Gloria TV notes, “[T]he populist AfD’s Betarix von Storch is more worried about what she thinks is ‘Christianity surrendering’ with ‘Cardinal Marx at the helm’… He lays down the cross at Temple Mount [during his visit there, so as not to offend non-Christians], and he doesn't want it in public buildings either [so that] ‘Islamization has space’ to unfold.”

Cardinal Marx is no wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is simply a wolf. In this final stage of the ecclesial crisis of the past fifty years, the wolves are hardly bothering to disguise themselves any longer as they openly ravage the flock while living royally at its expense. But the day of divine justice is surely approaching — for them, for the Church, and for a world in rebellion against Christ the King.