Pope Leo XIII Answers Jorge

The person currently sitting in the Chair of Peter is undeniably leaning towards a Leftist position but the following words of Pope Leo XIII from the Encyclical, Rerum Novarum, give a somewhat different view:

“To remedy these wrongs the socialists, working on the poor man’s envy of the rich, are striving to do away with private property, and contend that individual possessions should become the common property of all, to be administered by the State or by municipal bodies. They hold that by thus transferring property from private individuals to the community, the present mischievous state of things will be set to rights, inasmuch as each citizen will then get his fair share of whatever there is to enjoy. But their contentions are so clearly powerless to end the controversy that were they carried into effect the working man himself would be among the first to suffer. They are, moreover, emphatically unjust, for they would rob the lawful possessor, distort the functions of the State, and create utter confusion in the community”

So, the Encyclical has already been written, dear Jorge, and you should read it.

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