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Pope Pius XII Excommunicates All Communists 1949

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Pope Pius XII

Source: Joachim Specht


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Pope Pius XII excommunicates all Catholics who are also members of the Communist Party. Pius XII never did anything like this with members of the Nazi Party — not even high-ranking Nazis who were personally responsible for the deaths of millions.


According to the order, all Catholics "who make profession of the materialistic and anti-Christian doctrine of the Communists" are excommunicated.


This is the most sweeping excommunication order ever issued by the Roman Catholic Church and was written up by the Holy Office, originally known as the Inquisition and later called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


The full decree says:

"This Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office has been asked:


1. Whether it is lawful to enlist in, or show favor to, the Communist Party;


2. Whether it is lawful to publish, read, or disseminate books, newspapers, periodicals, or leaflets in support of Communist doctrine and practice, or write in them any article;


3. Whether Catholics who, knowingly and freely, take actions as specified in Nos. 1 and 2 above, may be admitted to the Sacrements;


4. Whether Catholics who profess, and particularly those who defend and spread, the materialistic and anti-Christian doctrine of the Communists,
Ipso facto
, as apostates from the Catholic faith, incur excommunication.


The questions are answered as follows: No. 1, No 2, and No 3 in the negative; No. 4 in the affirmative."

One Catholic Church representative says:

"Fellow-travelers and sympathizers who support the Communist programme and propaganda are automatically included in the excommunication."



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I wonder if we are still excommunicated :lol:


Of course, these Fascists also excommunicated Soldiers of the Irish Republic, who kept their oath to the Republic in 1922.


Pope Pius XII meets and greets Adolf Hitler:



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