The Pope, the international debt and the 1st. of May

Julio Pino jpino at SPAMkent.edu
Tue May 2 19:04:19 MDT 2000


   Not only would I block with the Pope to stop capitalist globalization
but also the Antichrist(when he/she arrives).I'll accept, at face value,
that the Catholic Church right now opposes neoliberalism, for "ethical
reasons." But it's important to understand from which ethical standpoint
the Church can critique  "savage capitalism".The Pope understands that
capitalism is AMORAL, not immoral.Capitalists will quote scripture if it
serves their purposes, or they can discard with religion all together. (The
ruling classes of pre-Castro Cuba were never particularly religious, and
neither are the Miami Cubans, The "Miracle Baby Elian" episode
notwithstanding. Thus, John Paul II opposes modern capitalism from a
traditionalist position; he wants to preserve a certain morality that had
its origins in pre-capitalist and even pre-feudal times. Marx/Engels's
discussion of "reactionary capitalism' in The Communist Manifesto comes to
mind here, ie, those European thinkers who favored the overthrow (or at
least reform)of existing society because they longed for "the good old
days" before industrial capitalism wrecked havoc with morality.
   I think the proper attitude of Communists towards El Papa and all
Christian critics of the New World Order was best xemplified by Fidel when
he hosted John Paul:First, explain the reasons why the peoples of "Our
America" have felt antipathy towards the Church; eg, Fidel mentioned the
racism of the Jesuits in Cuba, and the Church's silence on the genocide of
the Indians.Second, highlight the way the teachings of the Church SEEMINGLY
contradict everything capitalism stands for. Third, while as atheists we
can never reconcile our world views, that is no reason for lack of
political collaboration.Let's not try to convert each other but fight
against the common enemy.Fourth, a socialist state must promote secularism
(The Cuban Constitution even condemns "obscurantism"), but not necesarily
atheism.Any historical materialist knows religion will fade away.
Julio Cesar

>My closed friends know my opinion and feelings about religion, churches,
>priests and popes. It uses be a motiv of joking with Nestor. Educated in a
>religious school and university, I know really what it means. But beyond my
>atheist conviction (and other questions as, for instance, abortion) is
>obvious that the paper that the Catholic Church is playing just now against
>the imperialist  hegemony, at least in its ethical aspects, is very
>important and would be analized in the list.
>
>Of course I know that the appeal to the Pope means in the poster of CGT
>mentioned above expresses an attempt to avoid the neccesary socialist tasks
>that the movement must propose. But I have allways thought that the
>ideological questions can't hide the real, concrete struggle. If in the name
>of Pope our workers go to a political general strike I am, I promise you
>Nestor, able to "ir a misa e hincarme a rezar" (go to mess and knee to pray)
>as tango Malevaje says.
>
>Julio FB
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