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  1. Rather than it being an opportune time for integrists to light into Acton types, it’s a necessary time for them to reach some sort of modus vivendi. Five years ago it looked like this would be a great, timely debate. The ascendancy of Kasperism deprived all Catholics of good will of the luxury of fighting amongst themselves when it installed a pernicious and existential heresy at the highest levels of the Church. Anything other than debate-society conversation not directed at Kasperism or one of its tentacles should be put on hold.

    (And yes, I think the Acton folks qualify as good-willed. These are folks formed by the opposition to communist statism, and they’re trying to think about the interplay between the faith and the economy we have. Simply emphasizing the parts of the social magisterium that sound more free-marketish doesn’t, I think, demonstrate that they act in bad faith or are intentionally distorting the faith.)

    1. Supporters of Acton’s agenda are just as harmful to the Church and the integrity of the Catholic faith as are the Kasperites. In his first encyclical, Ubi Arcano, Pope Pius XI wrote,
      “Many believe in or claim that they believe in and hold fast to Catholic doctrine on such questions as social authority, the right of owning private property, on the relations between capital and labor, on the rights of the laboring man, on the relations between Church and State, religion and country, on the relations between the different social classes, on international relations, on the rights of the Holy See and the prerogatives of the Roman Pontiff and the Episcopate, on the social rights of Jesus Christ, Who is the Creator, Redeemer, and Lord not only of individuals but of nations. In spite of these protestations, they speak, write, and, what is more, act as if it were not necessary any longer to follow, or that they did not remain still in full force, the teachings and solemn pronouncements which may be found in so many documents of the Holy See, and particularly in those written by Leo XIII, Pius X, and Benedict XV.

      61. There is a species of moral, legal, and social modernism which We condemn, no less decidedly than We condemn theological modernism.”

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