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A SUGGESTION TO MERTHYR LIBERALS.

MUSICAL ADUDICATORS.

CATHOLICS AND SOCIALISM.

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CATHOLICS AND SOCIALISM. Sir,—In last week's issue of your valuable paper, there appeared a letter from "Une Sanscullote'' in defence of Catholic Socialists. I think it would ba well, in the first place, for n'y man who has any idea of the Catholic ve'i^'on, to consider whether a Catholic can be a Socialist. I believe this ought to be con- sidered before attacking the priest who lately held a. week's mission at Merthyr Vale, in the columns of a Nonconformist paper. This worthy father has now gone back to Ireland, and has no chance of defending himself against any attacks made on his work v.'ir'=f, he was here; and, further, I do not suppoto if he were here at present, be would take anv notice of an attack made on him for the advice he gave Catholic people in tho Catholic Church. Your correspondent gives his definition of Socialism, and in if he only touches the stomach, and capital, and labour. We must consider for a little while whether be is the only author on Socialism in tho world. If so, Socialism would workr whilst there was enough religion instilled into the minds of the capitalist and the labour- er to clearly show them what their duties were to one another. But there are other authors on Socialism, and their definitions are more likely to attract public attention than that of your Aberfan correspondent, because they touch on faith and morals. First, there is thi famous German, Karl Marx, who may, in truth, be regarded as the founder of modern Socialism. He declared that beyond nature and man there :8 nothing, and that those higher beings created by OUT religious fancy are but the fantastic re- flections of our own being. Imagine for a moment such great political leaders as Mr. J. E. Redmond, Mr. Asquith, or Mr. Balfour, feeling it incumbsnt upon them to put in the forefront of their policy a denial of the im- mortality of the soul, or of the existence of God as a preliminary to the advocacy of Homo Rule, Free Trade, or Fiscal Reform. Bebel, as well as Marx, denied both these things, and all genuine Socialists have imitated them, be- I cause they know that Socialism and Christian- itv are irreconcilable. Socialism has taken for its motto the words of the fool mentioned in the 12th chapter of St. Luke, "Take thy rest, eat, drink, and make good cheer." Christianity declares that God made us to know, serve, and love Him in this w()rldiw that we may bo for eveT happy with Him In the next. At the congress of the Hague in 1872, Marx made the following state- ment: "In most countries of Europe, violanoe must be the lever of our social reform." Bebel, in one of his works ("Unsero Ziele," p. 44), writes: "We must not shudder at the thought of employing violence." He also says: "Leave heaven to the sparrows," and he recommends his followers to seek their paradise in the gratification of human passions. Cathrein, quoting from Marx ("Socialism," p. 2.15), says: "Religion is an absurd popular sentiment, a fantastic degeneration of human nature, the abolition or which as the deceptive happiness of the people is a necessary thing for their true happiness"; further, that "religion is only an illusory sun which revolves around man as long as man fails to revolve round himself." Engel, in his work on "Feurbach" (p. 52) says: "Religion had its origin in a very primeval period from ambiguous and rather primitive views of nature and their surroundings," and in conclusion he said "it was but a poor delu- sion." Pope Leo XIII., in his famous Encycli- cal on Labour, says: "Socialism is a plague of humanity and a cursed brood." I feel con- fident Catholics will be more impressed by his teaching than by that of your Aberfan corres- pondent. I also sa.y in the words of Henry George, the tendencies of modern Socialism are atheistic, and that no Catholic can be a Socialist. A CATHOLIC SOCIAL REFORMER.

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