Lenin on "clericalist" nonsense

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Sat Aug 24 10:18:40 MDT 1996


At 8:36 AM 8/24/96, hariette spierings wrote:

>What Rakesh ought to bear in mind is the DECEPTIVE nature of the Church as a
>POLITICAL AGENT of those who sponsor it to the tune of "millions of rubles
>(dollar, marks, etc) ALL OVER THE WORLD"  - the imperialist bourgeoisie!

The Church as an institution is different from religious people as
individuals and in smaller, informal groups. The hierarchy of the Roman
Catholic church is a reactionary horror. But there are many excellent
people further down, people whom I don't agree with on everything, but
passionate socialists and social democrats. It's like unions, at least in
America - the leadership is rotten, but at the local level the people can
be fine examples of the organized working class.

Nice damn art they have in the Vatican though.

Doug

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