Socialism 'kills' and is 'incompatible' with Christianity

Monday, March 2, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (

Bernie Sanders speaking at podiumWith socialism being touted by top Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) through “Medicare-for-all” and other large expensive government programs – such as his $16-trillion Green New Deal to supposedly combat so-called global warming – economists are saying the failed system proves fatal to those who are subjugated under it, and that it is utterly incompatible with Christianity.

“[Socialism is] an economy that actually kills,” explained Catholic Answers Press in a news release issued Tuesday. “[There is] total incompatibility between socialist dogma and Christian truth.”

Socialism just doesn’t make sense

The conservative faith-based organization contends that despite socialism’s growing popular support, it defies Church teaching and economic common sense, and has been proven a failure time and time again when examing world history.

Catherine R. Pakaluk – an economist at The Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business who co-authored, Can a Catholic Be a Socialist? – argues that the basic tenets behind socialism must be rejected by all Christians and anyone else seeking prosperity and economic justice.

"Lots of people have no idea what socialism really is," Pakaluk points out. "They think it's about making everything fair and equal or having general concern for the poor, but they're not aware of its horrific consequences throughout history."

Trent Horn – an adjunct professor of apologetics at The Holy Apostles College who co-authored the aforementioned book that sheds light on the dismal reality of socialism – also stressed that socialism’s major flaws extend much further than its abysmal track record.

"Socialism denies basic human and economic realities," explains Horn, who is also a veteran apologist and author. "The reason socialism has always failed isn't that it hasn't been 'done right' yet – it's a perverse system that tries in vain to wish away the rights and behaviors that underlie economic activity in the real world."

Both Pakaluk and Horn stress that the Catholic Church has always vehemently opposed and condemned socialism at every turn.

It is maintained that the proper and functional way to run an economy can be found in applying biblical principles, which lay out the blueprint for running a government and handling finances.

“Instead of abandoning private property and handing over the market to a collectivist state, Catholic Social Teaching calls for an economy that truly improves the lives of the poor through markets ‘enriched with virtue.’ while also properly subordinating wealth and material progress to the higher goods of faith, community and family,” the press release impresses.


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