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THE POPE WARNS : ERRORS IN BOTH SOCIAL SYSTEMS'

`Brand capitalism and Communism' PRIESTS in every part of the world must not hesitate to brand the abuses of both Communism and capitalism, said the Holy Father on Monday last in a 15,000-word " Pontifical Exhortation."

The Exhortation was mainly concerned with the ways in which priests may better serve their ends in bringing the Word of Christ to the world. , .

But itt. a section under the heading: "The clergy and the social problem," the Holy Father declared : "There must be no uncertainty against Communism.

There are some who. confronted by the iniquity of Communism, which aims to tear away faith from those to whom it promises material welfare, show themselves cowardly and uncertain.

" But this Apostolic See, through documents, has clearly indicated the road to be followed, the path from which no one must go astray if he does not want to shirk his own duty.

" Others demonstrate. similarly, cowardice and uncertainty when confronted by that economic system which is known as capitalism and the grave consequences of which the Church has never failed to denounce.

" The Church, in fact, has indicated not only the abuses of capitalism and the right of property which this system promotes and defends, but has also taught that capital and property must he an instrument of production to the advantage of the entire society and a means of support for the defence of liberty and the dignity of the human person.

" The errors of the two economic systems and the dangerous consequences which derive from them must convince all. and especially priests, to remain faithful to the social doctrine of the Church and to spread its knowledge and practical .ar.pl tea lion.

"This doctrine. in fact, is the only one that can heal the evils the Church has denounced and which arc so painfully widespread. It unites and makes perfect the exigencies of justice and the duties of charity and promotes a social order which does not oppress individuals and does not isolate them in a blind egoism, but unites all in the harmony of relations and in the bonds of brotherly solidarity."




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