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Author QuotedPius XI
Title QuotedDivini Redemptoris
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/07/11
ImprintVatican : [s.n.]. 1937
QuotationEssential soundness of the principles in Divini Redemptoris - Pius XI's Encyclical against atheistic communism. It is an old one, 1937, but it has lost none of its value today. On the contrary. In this, besides everything else, he says clearly: "Every other enterprise, however attractive and helpful, must yield before the vital need of protecting the very foundation of faith and of Christian civilization." This assumes - and I think not incorrectly - that Xtian civilization has not yet been completely undermined. But yet when we see the means he suggests, and see how they have been neglected"¦It is certain that Christian civilization and the capitalist economy are by no means the same thing, and the confusion of the two is what has done more than anything else to promote communism and corrupt Christian civilization.
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 141
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