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Gerald Korson | author
May 01, 2020
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Can a Catholic Be a Socialist?

Trent Horn and Catherine R. Pakaluk
Catholic Answers Press, 207 pages


The short answer to the title question is “No,” and the long answer is “Heck, no!” Or, as Pope Pius XI wrote in his 1931 social encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, “Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true Socialist.” Other popes preceding and following Pius XI agreed. In a political season where the S-word is bandied about with alarming frequency, authors Trent Horn and Catherine Pakaluk explain why this is so and debunk the claims of those who are trying to rehabilitate socialist thought even today. Timely and timeless wisdom here.


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