Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Quotes from Pope Pius XI's Encyclicals on Totalitarianism

Mit brennender Sorge (With Burning Concern) - 1937-

He writes about "God-given rights" and invokes a "human nature" that went beyond national boundaries

“None but superficial minds could stumble into concepts of a national God, of a national religion; or attempt to lock within the frontiers of a single people, within the narrow limits of a single race, God, the Creator of the universe”

Full text -- Mit brennender Sorge

Divini Redemptoris  (On Atheistic Communism) - 1937

“Communism, moreover, strips man of his liberty, robs human personality of all its dignity, and removes all the moral restraints that check the eruptions of blind impulse. There is no recognition of any right of the individual in his relations to the collectivity; no natural right is accorded to human personality, which is a mere cog-wheel in the Communist system.”

Full text -- Divini Redemptoris