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As the foundation of Marxism is a rejection of truth, this 19th-century philosophy stands diametrically opposed to the very foundation of Christianity.
While Marxism seeks to eradicate the world of suffering by creating a paradise on earth, Christianity teaches us to embrace suffering while seeking eternal life in Heaven.
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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels laid the groundwork for Marxism in their 1848 Communist Manifesto. Their manifesto teaches, "The Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things."
It further declares "their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions."
The existing social condition targeted by Marxist thought was religion, and more specifically Christianity. It's for this reason that Marx wrote his famous slam of religion, most often translated: "Religion is the opium of the people."
Vladimir Lenin was an early 20th-century revolutionary whose ideology was a variant built on Marxism called Leninism-Marxism. Under his rule, Russia (and the wider Soviet Union) became a one-party, communist nation.
From 1917 to 1922, during the Russian Revolution, Lenin led the murder of an estimated 100,000–200,000 people, with some estimates that run into the millions.
The final end of Marxism isn't the annihilation of those in opposition; rather, it is the perversion of minds while doing so. This was the reason Antonio Gramsci, leader of the Italian Communist Party, criticized Lenin.
While Gramsci pledged full support for the goals of Lenin's murderous Russian Revolution, he said they "are not Marxists" in the strict sense because they refuse to take Marxism as "an external little doctrine full of dogmatic and indisputable statements."
Gramsci understood the mission of the Catholic Church is to "spread Catholicism around the world." This led him to urge that "Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity."
Socialism and communism are the last stages of Marxism; they have been condemned repeatedly by the Catholic Church.
Pope Pius XI declared in 1931, "Religious socialism, Christian socialism are contradictory terms, for no one can be, at the same time, a good Catholic and a true socialist."
Pope Pius XII's 1949 "Decree Against Communism" excommunicates all Catholics collaborating with or voting for communist organizations.
As Marxism has spread its errors all over the world, the Catholic Church remains its biggest threat.