This weekend we complete Deacon Gerard Anthony’s critique of Critical Race Theory as another form of Marxism/Communism.
6. “The Communists are further reproached with desiring to abolish countries and nationality. The working men have no country. We cannot take from them what they have not got. Since the proletariat must first of all acquire political supremacy, must rise to be the leading class of the nation, must constitute itself the nation, it is, so far, itself national, though not in the bourgeois sense of the word. National differences, and antagonisms between peoples, are daily more and more vanishing, owing to the development of the bourgeoisie, to freedom of commerce, to the world-market, to uniformity in the mode of production and in the conditions of life corresponding thereto. The supremacy of the proletariat will cause them to vanish still faster” (Communist Manifesto, p. 25).
a. CRT: Destroy the nation by belittling patriotism or pride of country. This will lead to globalization which makes less concentrated resistance to the “the abolition of whiteness”.
b. Catholic Position: Patriotism is one of the highest forms of Piety (Summa II-II, Q. 101, art. 1, sed contra; CCC#2239, 1915, 2310; Ps. 33:12).
7. “Undoubtedly,” it will be said, “religious, moral, philosophical and juridical ideas have been modified in the course of historical development. But religion, morality, philosophy, political science, and law, constantly survived this change.” “There are, besides, eternal truths, such as Freedom, Justice, etc., that are common to all states of society. But Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.” What does this accusation reduce itself to? The history of all past society has consisted in the development of class antagonisms, antagonisms that assumed different forms at different epochs. But whatever form they may have taken, one fact is common to all past ages, viz., the exploitation of one part of society by the other. No wonder, then, that the social consciousness of past ages, despite all the multiplicity and variety it displays, moves within certain common forms, or general ideas, which cannot completely vanish except with the total disappearance of class antagonisms. The Communist revolution is the most radical rupture with traditional property-relations; no wonder that its development involves the most radical rupture with traditional ideas. But let us have done with the bourgeois objections to Communism” (Communist Manifesto, p. 26).
a. CRT: Answer religious attacks by saying religion is simply the thing that causes wars/riots/and destruction. Therefore, religion must be destroyed to have harmony.
b. Catholic Position: Religion is the 3rd Commandment and the crown of Creation (Gen. 2:2-3; Ex. 20:10-11; Lk. 23:56; Heb. 4:4) and it is only from the peace of Christ, a peace the world cannot give that we can conquer the world and its aggressions and have true unity (Jn. 14:27; 16:33; Eph. 4:1-6, 11-16. Note especially, “We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.” Eph. 4:14-16).