hariette spierings hariette at easynet.co.uk
Mon May 27 09:26:23 MDT 1996

>                          PCP ON RELIGION
>The forgeries of "Quispe" include appropiating and denying the historical
record.  In the many occassions he has tried to smear Luis Arce Borja and
deny that this comrade is the EDITOR OF EL DIARIO in Lima, this expurgation
of history by publishing this series from the interview without mentioning
the person who actually carried it out must rank N1.

However, that is not all, many articles supposedly by the "new Flag" are in
fact alterations and patch up jobs from old editions from El Diario in Lima
and El Diario Internacional.  That is why every time the swindler Quispe,
who has NOTHING to do with any MPP - although he (Mr. WP)is also pirating
old documents and texts from Chairman Gonzalo himself that he publishes as
his own production - we shall correct the record with this same notice.

ARCE BORJA (EL DIARIO): What is your opinion of the New Evangelism
>put forward by the Pope?
>CHAIRMAN GONZALO: Marx taught us that "religion is the opiate of
>the people." This is a Marxist thesis which is completely valid
>today, and in the future. Marx also held that religion is a
>social phenomenon that is the product of exploitation and it will
>be eliminated as exploitation is swept away and a new society
>emerges. These are principles that we can't ignore, and that we
>must always keep in mind. Related to the previous point, it must
>be remembered that the people are religious, something which
>never has and never will prevent them from struggling for their
>basic class interests, and in this way serving the revolution,
>and in particular the people's war. I want to make it absolutely
>clear that we respect this religiousness as a question of freedom
>of religious beliefs, as recognized by the programme which was
>approved by our Congress.
>So the question you asked really has to do, in our view, with the
>ecclesiastic hierarchy, with the Papacy, that old theocracy that
>had succeeded in developing as a powerful instrument in Roman
>times. Later, adapting itself to the conditions of feudalism, it
>gained a vast power, even greater than before. But it always
>tried to rein in the struggle of the people, and defended the
>interests of the oppressors and exploiters, acting as an
>ideological shield for the reactionaries, changing and adapting
>itself as new situations emerged.
>We can see this clearly if we think about the relation between
>the Church and the bourgeois revolution, the old bourgeois
>revolution, I'm referring to the French Revolution, for example.
>The Church fiercely defended feudalism, and later, through a lot
>of struggle and after the defeat of feudalism--let me repeat,
>through great struggle it adapted itself to the bourgeois order
>and became once again an instrument at the service of the new
>exploiters and oppressors. In the present situation, what we see
>is a historical process which is unstoppable. The era of the
>world proletarian revolution, the new era begun in 1917, presents
>the problem for the proletariat of how to lead revolutions to
>change the old decadent order and create a genuinely new society,
>communism. In the face of this, how has the Church responded? As
>in previous times, it seeks to survive, and this is the basis of
>the Vatican II Council, where the Church sought to develop
>conditions that would permit it, first, to defend the old
>order as it has always done, and then, adjust and adapt itself in
>order to serve new exploiters, to continue to survive. This is
>what it seeks, this is the essence of Vatican II.
>The question of the "new evangelism" refers explicitly to how
>ecclesiastical authority, the Pope in particular, sees the role
>of Latin America, where, as they themselves say and the current
>Pope said in I984, half the world's Catholics live. They are,
>consequently, trying to use the five hundredth anniversary of the
>discovery of America to push forward a so-called movement of "new
>evangelism." In sum, this is what they hope for: since evangelism
>officially began in 1494 following the discovery of America, with
>this new centennial they want to develop a "new evangelism" in
>defense of their bastion, this half of the "parish," half of the
>bastion that sustains them in power. This is their goal. In this
>way, the hierarchy and the Papacy aim to defend their position in
>America and serve U.S. imperialism, the dominant imperialist
>power in Latin America.
>But we have to understand this plan in the context of a campaign
>and a worldwide plan, linked to its relations with the Soviet
>Union on the occasion of the millennium of its Christianization,
>the ties with Chinese revisionism, the actions of the Church in
>Poland, the Ukraine, etc. It is a worldwide plan and the "new
>evangelism operates within it. As always they are attempting to
>defend the existing social order, to be its ideological shield,
>because the ideology of reaction, of imperialism, has become
>decrepit. In the future they will again seek to adapt in order to
>survive. But the prospects will be different, not like things
>were before. Marx's law will assert itself: religion will wither
>away as exploitation and oppression are destroyed and eliminated.
>And since the Papacy serves the exploiting classes and what will
>follow is not an exploiting class, the Papacy will not be able to
>survive, and religion itself will wither away. In the meantime
>the freedom of religious belief has to be recognized until
>mankind advancing through new objective conditions, comes to
>possess a clear, scientific and world-transforming consciousness.
>We must therefore, analyze the "new evangelism" in the context of
>this plan of the Church to survive under new conditions, a
>transformation that they know must come.

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