Now then, since the loss of Faith is a greater evil than nuclear destruction, the lesser evil would be to struggle against Marxism. Consider the photograph on the front cover of this magazine.
It shows a Communist demonstration in front of the Cathedral in Milan which occurred during the recent Italian elections.
Considered as a whole, this panorama gives us an impressive view of the escalation of Communist power worldwide.
And it also begs the question of whether this escalation still has other aspects that should be considered.
c) Last but not least, Russian military power grows more and more even as the United States loses influence around the world and allows the Russians to catch up with its military might.
If anyone had dared predict such calamities when this study was first published, very few people would have believed him.And the more “flexible” part of the Communist world will perhaps have taken a small step toward the regime of private property.Such scenario provides us with a glimpse of the day when, having thus “converged” together, these nations would take another step down the same road toward the extreme left.It would be well to call to mind some great events that are real milestones of this diplomatic and religious rapprochement between the Church and the Communist world: the failure of the Second Vatican Council to make any censure of communism; the Vatican’s agreements with Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany; the Apostolic Letter ; the difficult relations between the Holy See and Cardinal Slipyi with his faithful of the Ukrainian Catholic Rite; Cardinal Mindszenty’s dismissal from his post as Archbishop of Esztergom; and the signing of the Helsinki accords by the Vatican.While distinct from the Moscow-Washington and Moscow-Vatican détente, another buzzword spreading among more flexible political circles in both Eastern and Western Europe is “convergence.” This new trend, which has different names in different places, would eventually cause all countries to adopt the same socioeconomic regime.In this way, they would eventually arrive at the end of the road, communism.The future will show that the various phases in this process of “convergence” are nothing but stages in the march toward the most extreme and radical type of communism.And while the anti-religious campaign continued full blast throughout the Communist world, the illusion that a truly peaceful coexistence was possible between the Church and Communist regimes continued to gain ground.This study is intended to create in Catholic circles as many obstacles as possible to Moscow’s deceitful “pacifist” maneuver.The “pacifist” Soviet effort was directed mainly at the two great pillars of resistance to communism: in the temporal sphere, the United States, and in the spiritual sphere, the Catholic Church.Moscow’s propaganda against the United States employed useful innocents (whose innocence was at times contestable but certainly always useful).