Lifesite News has a blockbuster article on the “lost” condemnation of Communism DE CURA ANIMARUM PRO CHRISTIANIS COMMUNISMO INFECTIS for Vatican II but not adopted due to the opposition of liberal German, French and Dutch bishops. Go here to read the translation prepared by Lifesite News.  Here is the background story from Lifesite News:



In 1962, as millions of Catholics languished behind the iron curtain and the Soviet Union worked to spread atheistic communism throughout the world, the Second Vatican Council was preparing to deliver an historic condemnation of Marxist and communist ideology, one that would involve a global strategy for its defeat.

Vatican II’s preparatory commissions had created three different statements that would condemn Marxism as an “exceedingly grave and universal danger” and communism as “a false religion without God” that seeks to “to subvert the foundations of Christian civilization.” They also envisioned a massive and highly-coordinated campaign to liberate mankind from communism and “shatter its audacity.”

It would be a full-scale counterattack against what Fatima visionary Lúcia dos Santos called “the greatest heresy to appear at any time in the world,” which was “carrying its errors to the ends of the earth.”

However, the documents were discarded in the early months of the Council when the liberal German, French, and Dutch-speaking bishops of the “Rhine group” out-maneuvered the conservative majority and took control of the commissions overseeing the council’s documents. They then rejected most of the preparatory schemas that had been issued to the council fathers, replacing them with schemas that generally avoided condemning the errors of the age. The schemas condemning communism and Marxism were never considered. What remained was only a timid critique of atheism in the document Gaudium et Spes, with an oblique reference in a footnote to previous condemnations to communism by the popes.

The council’s plans to combat Marxism were almost entirely forgotten, filed away and ultimately published in their original Latin form in the official acts of the council, where they can be found gathering dust in research libraries throughout the world.

In the years following the council, Marxism-inspired forms of “liberation theology” took hold among many Catholic clergy and theologians, particularly in Latin America. One such priest, the Argentinean Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio, initially resisted such influences, but began to ally himself with Marxism-inspired liberation theologians before being elected to the papacy in 2013.

In a recent interview with Pope Francis, the leftist atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari reports that he asked the pontiff:  “So you yearn for a society where equality dominates. This, as you know, is the programme of Marxist socialism and then of communism. Are you therefore thinking of a Marxist type of society?” To which he says Francis replied, “It has been said many times and my response has always been that, if anything, it is the communists who think like Christians.” Francis has never denied nor repudiated the statement.

Francis has also engaged in other gestures expressing sympathy for Marxism, including the acceptance of a hammer-sickle crucifix from Bolivia’s Marxist president, Evo Morales, a gesture that caused much consternation in Latin America. He reportedly has requested help from Marxism-inspired liberation theologians such as Leonardo Boff in the composition of his encyclical letter Laudato Si’. Recently the Jesuit order elected a new Superior General, the Venezuelan Arturo Sosa Abascal, who has openly sought to reconcile Christianity with Marxism.

On other occasions, however, Francis has expressed disagreement with Marxism, while at the same time expressing respect for Marxists. “Marxist ideology is wrong. But in my life I have known many Marxists who are good people, so I don’t feel offended,” he told reporters in 2013 after he was accused of promoting Marxism in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.

Now, LifeSite is presenting full translations of Vatican II’s discarded condemnations of communism and Marxism. We believe that this is the first time that the documents have been translated into any vernacular language. There are three documents in all: two complete schemas with their own independent systems of footnotes, and a third text that comprised part of a larger schema. Together the translations cover twenty pages of text.  


Go here to read the rest.  The more that one studies the maneuvering and infighting that produced Vatican II, the more explicable becomes the mess that the Church is today.

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  1. The errors most definitely have entered into the American Judicial system.
    Roe v. Wade…and recently
    “Re-education” programs for those who cherish their Religious Freedom and buck the gaystapo protocols;

    The debate continues on whether or not the Fatima request was truly carried out concerning consecrating Russia to Our Lady.
    Maybe the attempts by past Pope’s we’re successful, however I don’t see Vladimir Putin as an upstanding Russian Orthodox Church daily communicant.

  2. Oct 26 The man watch Mother Teresa of Calcutta care for a man in the gutter. The man said: “I wouldn’t do that for a million dollars.” Mother Teresa said: “Neither would I.” I was educated by the Sisters of Saint Felix, better known as the Felician Sisters of whom my cousin is a member. My education tuition cost my parents a $2.00 registration fee every year. The Gray Nuns of Canada administered St. Peters Hospital in New Brunswick.
    The sisters used to laugh at Stalin. “We are the greatest communists there are. We own nothing. We live in community. We share all.”
    The great schism between communism and communists is the informed consent through the free will of the sovereign person. The sisters living in community choose through discernment which takes years and informed consent to live in community, to own nothing and to share a communal life. The person is FREE to leave whenever she believes it right for her or for her family’s need for her. Abbess Mother Delores Hart says she must give informed consent every minute of every day.
    The infinite Supreme Sovereign Being, God, is a community of Persons in communion. (Father Wade Menezes) The First Family of Father and Son and the LOVE Who proceeds from the Father and Son, the Holy Spirit of God.
    The sovereign person is made in the image and likeness of God with free will for informed consent and a rational soul to reason and discern informed consent.
    Saint Teresa of Lisieux, the Little Flower, said that we must ask for what we need. Our Founding Principles invoke “the protection of divine Providence”. Our Founding Fathers asked for what we need. Our First Amendment guarantees our freedom “to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”
    Anarchy is the imposition of one individual’s demands upon another by violence or by legal fiat, whereby the victim is denied his freedom to love and his right to choose through informed consent. (The addict to lust and sodomy has forfeited his informed consent. All addiction is a violation of the free will of man.) Communism is the mob that demands by riot or force. Communism denies another human being his informed consent.
    The secular priest is a secular humanist by any other name.

  3. Mary.
    Rosary needs to be more than one major mystery per day. (Joyful ect.)
    Four would be best.
    I’m between 2 and 3.
    Not there yet, but working on it…4.


    btw….. daily renewal of consecration for Knights of Immaculata; “Immaculata. Queen and Mother of the church. I renew my consecration to you this day and for always so that you may use me for the coming of the Kingdom of Jesus in the whole world, to this end I offer you all of my prayers actions and sacrifices of this day.” St. Maximilian Kolbe

  4. Very sad. The preparatory committee, staffed by solid and orthodox bishops and periti, such as Abp. Lefebvre and led by Cardinal Ottaviani, produced wonderful schemas for the Council Fathers, all of which went into the dustbin due to the machinations of the Rhine bishops, to be replaced by the ambiguous and worse final versions voted upon. A good list of the most prominent schemas of the preparatory committee can be found here:

  5. Yes, more evidence for the catastrophe that was Vatican II. Here is further note form ‘Iota Unum’ by Romano Amerio, page 75. “When one is talking about the liberty of the council, the salient and half secret point that should be noted is the restriction on the council’s liberty to which John XXIII agreed a few months earlier, in making an accord with the Orthodox Church by which the patriarchate of Moscow accepted the papal invitation to send observers to the Vatican II council, while the Pope for his part guaranteed the council would refrain from condemning Communism.”

    Also, we know from Bella Dodd, former Communist, testified that the Catholic Church was seeded with nearly 2000 Communist seminarians who were to infiltrate the Catholic Church in order to convert it to Communism. It appears they did their job well.

  6. Here is Pope John XXIII in his own words in today’s bible commentary. He would probably be as blind today as he first mouthed these words.
    “Commentary of the day :

    Saint John XXIII (1881-1963), pope
    Address for the opening of the Second Vatican Council

    Discerning the signs of the times: an important theme of the Second Vatican Council

    In the daily exercise of our apostolic ministry, we are often offended when we learn what certain people are saying, who are filled with religious zeal yet lack correct judgment and level-headedness in their way of seeing things. They see only ruins and calamities in society’s present situation. They are used to saying that our day and age has worsened profoundly in comparison with past centuries. They behave as if history, which is the teacher of life, had nothing to teach them and as if at the time of past Councils, everything had been perfect where Christian doctrine, customs and the Church’s just freedom were concerned.

    It seems to us that we must state our complete disagreement with these prophets of doom, who always announce catastrophes as though the world were near its end.

    In the present course of events when society seems to be at a turning point, it is better to acknowledge the mysterious plans of divine Providence which, through the succession of times and the work of human beings, and most of the time against all expectations, reach their goal and arrange everything with wisdom for the good of the Church, even events that are in opposition to it.

  7. Just before Vatican II opened you must know that in Metz, France, in 1962, Pope John XIII had his representative Cardinal Tisserant negotiate an agreement with Moscow (via Russian Archbishop Nikodim) promising that the coming Council would not criticize Communism, thus getting Moscow’s permission for Russian Orthodox bishops to attend the synod as observers. The Rhine group was only doing what Pope John ordered and Paul VI went along with.

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