The majority of the 20-something crowd in the United States, according to recent polls, want some form of socialism or communism, condemned by Catholic popes for more than a hundred years. Many of these millennials supported self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, largely owing to his open plans of redistributing wealth.
The Catholic Church has always considered socialism intrinsically wrong for its attempt to save man from poverty rather than help man grow into a virtuous citizen of Heaven. In his 1931 encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, Pope Pius XI denounced even a softer form of socialism than espoused by Communists:
[A]ccording to Christian teaching, man ... is placed on this earth so that by leading a life in society and ... faithfully fulfilling the duties of his craft or other calling, he may obtain for himself temporal and, at the same time, eternal happiness. Socialism, on the other hand, wholly ignoring and indifferent to this sublime end of both man and society, affirms that human association has been instituted for the sake of material advantage alone.
The millennials, in going so far as embracing the harder form of Socialism called Communism, have ignored the 100 million innocent victims who died resisting the efforts by communist governments to take away their freedom to lead a virtuous life. Even though Communism was politically established by Russia in 1917, its philosophy was condemned decades earlier.
In his 1849 encyclical Notis et Noviscum, Pope Pius IX condemned both Socialism and its atheistic counterpart, Communism. In so doing, he also called out Protestantism, which facilitates the spread of both:
[T]he goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism by confusing them with perverted teachings. But these enemies realize that they cannot hope for any agreement with the Catholic Church, which allows neither tampering with truths proposed by faith, nor adding any new human fictions to them. This is why they try to draw the Italian people over to Protestantism, which in their deceit they repeatedly declare to be only another form of the same true religion of Christ, thereby just as pleasing to God. Meanwhile, they know full well that the chief principle of the Protestant tenets, i.e., that the Holy Scriptures are to be understood by the personal judgment of the individual, will greatly assist their impious cause.
Watch the panel discuss Communism in The Download — A Century of Blood.