We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A quote from Michael Novak's piece on the subject at First Things:
More and more often on Catholic campuses, left-wing Catholics are hiding their own ideological preferences behind the mantra “Catholic social thought.” To listen to them, you would think that the Catholic social ethic has four main emphatic tenets and five great silences. The four emphases are: (1) pacifism and nonviolence; (2) legal limits on the income of the rich; (3) the extension of the social welfare state for the poorest 12 percent of the American population (about forty million people), until all are lifted by government grants above the poverty line; and (4) the elimination of the death penalty in the thirty-some states that still allow it.
Merely on the terrain of social ethics, this creed is notable for (a) its silence about ending abortion (forty-eight million since 1973); (b) its silence about federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and cloning; (c) its silence about the fourfold increase in violent crime since 1965—committed disproportionately against the poor; (d) its silence about the sixfold increase in father-abandoned families (chiefly among the poor); and (e) its silence about the horrific oppression of Muslim peoples around the world, including the daily assaults on their dignity by secret police, and the normal, regular abuse of their individual rights. We might call these the five silences. But there are others, too.
"The Five Silences". Mercy. It has a strong ring to it.
It wasn't long ago that the Catholic Church was wracked by so-called "Liberation Theology", esp in Latin America.
Hugo Chavez is a soi-disant acolyte, even today. Fidel as well tries to use it. The central idea is that Jesus was a socialist, if not a communist. I saw it this movement up close in Latin America in the 70s and 80s.
It took Pope JPII to deflate it, when he pointedly argued that it would not, could not, deliver what the poor needed, which was goods and services (capitalism's specialty, he did not have to explicitly say).
You're right, and pithy as usual. If a socialist becomes religious, then what he is is a fine fellow, an old-timey Quacker sort--rather than a godless worshipper of the power of man. So, any socialist talking religion, or vice-versa, is ipso-facto a false prophet--an idolator.