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Communism & Marxism

Are Catholicism & Socialism Compatible?

Thomas Storck

June 2021

Unlike the ideologies of both socialism and capitalism, the Church promotes a society in which all of life functions as a harmonious whole leading to Heaven.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four. By George Orwell.

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

May 2021

The citizens of Oceania are not only stripped of human freedom and basic rights but so dehumanized that each individual lacks any semblance of human dignity.

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The Soviets’ Doomed Battle with Byt

Jason M. Morgan

April 2021

Atheism never completely took the place of forbidden religion, and its failure was coterminous with the downfall of Russian communism.

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Beyond Balkanization

CROATIA & ITS CARDINAL

Thomas Basil

May 2020

Croatia's cardinal Stepinac faced opposition unimaginable to most prelates in the modern West. By all indications, he did not buckle.

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Socialism: A Christian Heresy?

ITS GNOSTIC ROOTS & UNDYING APPEAL

Nicholas J. Healy

April 2020

Socialism rejects the salvation of Jesus Christ and insists that man can be “freed” through the destruction of Church, family, and community.

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The Communist Era: Golden Age of Catholicism in Poland?

ISOLATION HELPED TO PRESERVE IDENTITY & FIDELITY

Michael Wisniewski

September 2019

While the Church across Western Europe suffered reform gone wild, Poland was isolated enough to preserve her identity and fidelity.

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Religious Rebirth in the Black Mountains

AMID BOUTS OF CONVERT BEWILDERMENT SYNDROME

Thomas Basil

May 2018

A Montenegrin national census asked about religious affiliation. Seventy-two percent answered Orthodox, 3.5 percent Catholic, and 19 percent Muslim.

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Kindred Spirits, Fellow Victors

Christopher Beiting

May 2018

A review of A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century

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A Demon-Haunted Europe: Democracy's Totalitarian Impulse

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RYSZARD LEGUTKO

Timothy D. Lusch

October 2017

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A Church Rises from the Ruins

BROTHERS OF THE SWORD, THE SINGING REVOLUTION & JOHN PAUL'S LAST BISHOP

Thomas Basil

January-February 2015

Catholicism in 1980s Estonia amounted to one shunned priest living in a closet; his flock numbered fewer than a half dozen souls.

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Cardinal Mindszenty & His Small, Honest Nation

A PORTRAIT OF COURAGE AT GREAT COST

Ronald J. Rychlak

April 2014

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Invading Russia with Christ's Love

A PRIEST OF HARD LABOR & GULAGS

Clara Sarrocco

November 2013

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The Role of Dezinformatsiya in the Framing of Pius XII

THE SECRET HISTORY BEHIND THE ONGOING CAMPAIGN

Ion Mihai Pacepa & Ronald J. Rychlak

October 2013

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A Faith Enshrined, A Nation Renewed

UP FROM THE ASHES

Christopher Gawley

March 2013

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God & Man in Kyiv

RELIGIOUS SUPPRESSION ON YOUTUBE

Thomas Basil

November 2012

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We're All Socialists Now

Edwin Dyga

November 2011

The traditional left and mainstream right are in the same camp, usually competing over the externals of governance, not the real substance of policy.

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The Role of 'Ramparts' Magazine in the Campaign Against Pius XII

A CATHOLIC FRONT FOR COMMUNIST AGITATION

Ronald J. Rychlak

October 2011

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The Hidden Heroism of Witold Urbanowicz

PILOT, PATRIOT, FAMILY MAN, NEIGHBOR

Clara Sarrocco

September 2011

This Polish family lived in such an unpretentious way that no one ever suspected they had lived such remarkable lives.

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A Hero of History Is Beatified
May 2011

In the final analysis, can any of the objections voiced against his beatification stand up to the proof that God Himself intervened in the temporal world in response to the heavenly intercession of Pope John Paul II?

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A Mass in Latvia

FROM COMMUNISM TO CHRISTIANITY

Thomas Basil

April 2010

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The Conscience of Croatia

STEPINAC, TITO & USTASHE

Ronald J. Rychlak

November 2009

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Travels in Europe's Once & Future Faith

CHRISTIANITY ON THE CONTINENT

Thomas Basil

April 2009

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The Last Secret of Fatima

Arthur C. Sippo

February 2009

For anyone who still harbors doubts about the authenticity of the third Fatima secret as revealed by the Vatican, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone's book is a must read.

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A Morally Squalid Man Besotted With Ideology?
June 2004

Honest-to-goodness Communists are not all alike.

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Graffiti in Warsaw, Mormons in Krakow, & Basements in Auschwitz

TRAVELS IN POLAND

Thomas Basil

May 2004

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An American Priest at the End of the Earth

IN THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST

Michael S. Rose

July/August 2003

Approximately 40 percent of all Russians are at least nominally Orthodox, compared to the less than one percent who are baptized Catholics.

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At Mass in Lenin's City

AN ALTAR CONSECRATED BY PRIESTLY BLOOD

Thomas Basil

March 2003

The Catholic Church is the only large institution left for effective resistance to Trotsky's enduring Culture of Death and its ruinous impact.

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Croatia: "The Ramparts of Christendom"

TODAY THE ENEMY IS SECULAR LIBERALISM

Jeffrey Thomas Kuhner

July/August 1998

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From Ideology to Magic

IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION

Desmond O'Grady

January/February 1995

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The Gulf Between East & West

UKRAINIAN DIARY -- PART II

Henri J.M. Nouwen

May 1994

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Pilgrimage to the Christian East

UKRAINIAN DIARY - PART I

Henri J.M. Nouwen

April 1994

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Stuck Back in 1989

John Luxmoore & Jolanta Babiuch

April 1993

Review of The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism

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Outrageous Thoughts on War and Peace

A TIME TO CHOOSE LIFE

Robert N. Bellah

March 1993

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Toward a Russian Junta?

SAVING THE SOVIET EMPIRE

Thomas Molnar

June 1991

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Reflections on the Past & Future of Democratic Socialism

IN LIGHT OF THE CRUMBLING OF COMMUNISM

Irving Howe

October 1990

The democratization of economic and social life is at the heart of the socialist idea today. The idea is simple, the techniques necessarily complex and difficult.

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Maintaining the Independence of the Church

R.F. Sheehan

October 1990

Review of Nicaragua's Other Revolution: Religious Faith and Political Struggle

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If Not Communism or Capitalism, What?

CHRIST AND NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

September 1990

Any ef­ficient democracy must operate on the princi­ple of subsidiarity, and this holds true in the economic as well as the political sphere.

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The Muscular & Visionary Pope

VANQUISHING THE EAST — NEXT THE WEST?

Edward R.F. Sheehan

September 1990

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Liberation Theology: Can It Shake Its Affinity for Marxism?

John C. Cort

July-August 1990

What saints and Doctors of the Church have written is far more useful than anything written by Karl Marx in per­suading Christians to adopt a critical attitude toward capital­ism.

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The Evolution of Liberation Theology

MOVING AWAY FROM MARXIST ANALYSIS

Arthur F. McGovern

June 1990

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Intellectual Opportunism & the Arteriosclerosis of the American Intelligentsia

VITAL WORKS RECONSIDERED, # 3

John Lukacs

April 1990

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Poland's Solidarity: A Personalist Revolution

SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION VS. COMMON SENSIBILITY

Bohdan Pilacinski

March 1990

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The Future of Eastern Europe

NOT WHAT MOST AMERICANS ARE EXPECTING

Thomas Molnar

March 1990

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The Moral Use of Nuclear Weapons?

C.H. Ross

January-February 1990

Review of A Fighting Chance: The Moral Use of Nuclear Weapons

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The Crumbling of Communism: Good for the Catholic Church?

EDITORIAL

January-February 1990

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Communism: From Modernity's Vanguard to History's Rearguard

EDITORIAL

December 1989

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Central America: Perspective & Judgment

James G. Hanink

November 1989

Throughout Central America the Church is a voice of the simple people. Often it is hemmed in by at best suspicious regimes, of the Right or the Left.

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The Conspiratorial World View of Whittaker Chambers

VITAL WORKS RECONSIDERED, #1

John Lukacs

November 1989

The road from the Hiss-Chambers case to an American president’s advocacy of the idea of the Evil Empire was straight, though slow.

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Why Socialists Should Drop Marx

DEMYTHOLOGIZING A GIANT

John C. Cort

June 1989

Marx should neither remain a dominant theorist of the worldwide democratic socialist movement, nor the source of ideas, strategy, or analysis.

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The Continuing Irony of American History

A NIEBUHRIAN VIEW OF CARTER, REAGAN & THE NEW INTERNATIONAL SITUATION

Charles L. Garrettson III

June 1989

Our past is neither as virtuous as our optimists think nor as vicious as our pessimists think. It consists, rather, of a mixture of comic and tragic elements.

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Two Kinds of Christian Radicalism in Nicaragua

CHRIST AND NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

May 1989

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Gorbachev & the Decomposition of Communism: The Chickens Come Home to Roost

PROMISES & PROBLEMS OF REFORM

Dale Vree

January-February 1989

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Heaven, Hell, and Socialism

Dale Vree

June 1988

Review of Christian Socialism by John C. Cort

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Neither Trotskyism nor Neoconservatism

James J. Thompson Jr.

November 1987

Review of American Writers and Radical Politics, 1900-39 by Eric Homberger, The Intellectual Follies by Lionel Abel, Out of Step by Sidney Hook, Will Herberg by Harry J. Ausmus, and The New York Intellectuals by Alan M. Wald

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Symposium on Humane Socialism & Traditional Conservatism

AN ALLIANCE AGAINST ECONOMIC & CULTURAL "ME-ISM"?

Thomas Molnar, John B. Judis, John Lukacs, James G. Hanink, Sheldon Vanauken, Michael Lerner, Christopher Derrick, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Samuel Hux, Russell Kirk, John C. Cort, Juli Loesch, L. Brent Bozell, Robert Coles, Christopher Lasch

October 1987

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Bishop Sergio Mendez-Arceo on Church & Society in Nicaragua

Guest Column

Rev. Joseph E. Mulligan, S.J.

July-August 1987

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Slighting the Vatican’s ‘Ostpolitik’

A. James McAdams

January-February 1987

Review of Moscow and the Vatican by Alexis Ulysses Floridi, S.J.

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The Soviet Union & Gorki’s God

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

October 1986

A people, such as the Russians, who have produced and who still honor writers like Gorki, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy deserve to be regarded with respect.

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The Rough Edges of Socialism

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

October 1985

Contemporary socialism of the democratic, Western European form hasn’t yet eliminated all its sharp edges.

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The Vatican Looks at Non-Marxist Socialism

WITH THE WISDOM OF THE AGES

Thomas Molnar

July-August 1985

In its universal concern, the Church cannot be a mouthpiece for the West, even if, as a result, the Pope is accused of “misunderstanding the free-market economy.”

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Silone’s Religious Humanism

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

May 1985

The world is wolfish, devouring, full of evil, Silone knew — yet, good will and love are also constantly in evidence: God’s gift to us.

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The Truth About the A.C.T.U.

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

April 1985

The resistance of American workers to communist domination of their trade unions was based on something far more solid than anti-communist hysteria.

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Pilgrimage to Poland & Byelorussia

SLAVIC SOUL

Raymond T. Gawronski

March 1985

The tradition of pilgrimage is so vibrant in Poland. My group of 600, heading to Czestochowa, walked almost 200 miles over ten days, beginning every morning at 4:00.

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The Vatican & Liberation Theology

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

January-February 1985

Liberation theologians, Catholic and Protestant but mostly Catholic, have been a major factor in struggling against poverty in Latin America.

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Church & Society in Communist Hungary

AN EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT

Thomas Molnar

November 1984

In the post-war years, the peasantry and the proletariat have been the winners, while the old bourgeoisie has been the great loser.

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What Will World War III Be About?

LETTER FROM ENGLAND

Christopher Derrick

July-August 1984

There are many ways to cut this world’s cake in half and take sides. A Christian should presumably think in terms of the Church vs. the world.

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Socrates on Communism & Capitalism

WHAT, THEN, IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Peter Kreeft

May 1984

Socrates asks, What do you think would happen to a capitalist nation if everyone practiced the greedlessness of Jesus, or Buddha, or even Thoreau?

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Impressions of Nicaragua — Part II

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

May 1984

In the well-to-do sections of Managua, the Pope’s picture may be seen displayed proudly on the doors of houses, in any number of windows.

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Impressions of Nicaragua — Part I

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

April 1984

Recently I went with two of my sons to Nica­ragua, where we spent time visiting schools, hospitals, clinics, a number of Managua’s barrio homes, and those of other cities.

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The Passing of the Old-Timers

Michael Kerper

December 1983

With their old anti-Stalinism gone because of Stalin’s death, the anger of many New York intellectuals was turned against Ameri­can society.

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Roman Catholics & Central America

SEARCHING FOR PEACE

John R. Quinn

December 1983

The Church in North America is enriched by the example of the Church in Central America as it struggles for justice and human digni­ty.

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The Roman Catholic Church in Central Europe

THE POWER & THE GLORY?

Erazim Kohák

November 1983

The heavy-handed Russian attempt at easternization made central Europeans far more conscious of their Western heritage.

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Communist Ideology Roars Back

Renato Cristin

We live in an era of decadence, a fatal decline if we fail to defeat the most dangerous enemy of the West: communism and all its lies.

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