|The Venerable Pope Pius XII|
Pope Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique
I am neither a socialist nor a capitalist. I am a Catholic. The Catholic Church has firmly denounced various messianic materialist economic systems that take no account of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Various holy Popes such as Pius X (c.f. Notre Charge Apostolique, Pius XI (c.f. Quadragesimo Anno) and Pius XII (c.f. Le Pelerinage de Lourdes) have warned, denounced and exposed the evils of materialism and liberalism. The following list of capitalist supporters of Planned Parenthood in northern California, is just one illustrative example of how capitalism does the work of the devil. Capitalism is but liberalism applied to economics.
Pius XII, in an address in 1957, denounced in no uncertain terms the evils of an economic system detached from true morality. The holy Pope wrote:
This materialism is not confined to that condemned philosophy which dictates the policies and economy of a large segment of mankind. It rages also in a love of money which creates ever greater havoc as modern enterprises expand, and which, unfortunately, determines many of the decisions which weigh heavy on the life of the people. It finds expression in the cult of the body, in excessive desire for comforts, and in flight from all the austerities of life. It encourages scorn for human life, even for life which is destroyed before seeing the light of day.
This materialism is present in the unrestrained search for pleasure, which flaunts itself shamelessly and tries, through reading matter and entertainments, to seduce souls which are still pure. It shows itself in lack of interest in one's brother, in selfishness which crushes him, in justice which deprives him of his rights -- in a word, in that concept of life which regulates everything exclusively in terms of material prosperity and earthly satisfactions.
"And I will say to my soul. the rich man said, Soul, thou hast many good things laid up for many years; take thy ease, eat, drink, be merry. But God said to him, Thou fool, this night do they demand thy soul of thee."