On a Monday afternoon in the peaceful town of Athlone, a shout rang out, “Ireland Should be Catholic, Not Socialist!”
The young men with Irish Society for Christian Civilisation were back in town defending the perennial values of tradition, family, and property. The specific issue for the public’s attention was the worrying advance of socialism in Ireland.
A Plague is Threatening Ireland
Over the last few decades, a plague has been spreading through Ireland. Most people don’t know its name but see and feel its effects. It spreads high taxes, rising petrol and grocery prices, eroding property rights, and worst of all, corruption of children in schools.
This plague has a name: socialism. This repackaged version of communism is a worldview of radical equality that seeks to level all natural inequalities.
Socialism promotes a materialist and atheistic perspective that despises and persecutes the traditional family and the Catholic Faith.
Socialism is Attacking Family and Property Rights
In Ireland, socialism is destroying family and property rights. In recent weeks, socialist politicians have advanced the Right to Housing Bill 2020. If passed, the bill would recognize the “right to secure, affordable, dignified housing,” and it will “delimit the right to private property where it is necessary to ensure the common good.”1
Thus, this redefined right to housing would trump any right to ownership of private property and could even lead to the loss of property.
An even more concerning socialist advance against families is in the education field.
Helen McEntee, the Fine Gael Justice Minister, introduced a new teaching strategy to deal with “gender-based violence.” The extremely immoral approach, promoted by the Department of Education, encourages “crossdressing” for “erotic enjoyment” and learning about “drag and “gender-fluid” identities.2
Raising the Alarm
To alert the public to the danger of socialism, Irish Society for Christian Civilisation launched a week-long series of campaigns across the country.
From July 25-30, young volunteers crisscrossed the country visiting Dublin, Limerick, Galway City, Cork City, and Wexford Town.
Volunteers handed out over 10,000 leaflets titled “10 Reasons to Reject Socialism.” The leaflet unmasks the socialist ideology, showing how it attacks the Catholic faith, the family, and private property.
Throughout the week of campaigns, many people expressed surprise when hearing about the proposed Right to Housing Bill, the new educational strategy and other radical parts of the socialist agenda.
What the Public Had to Say About Socialism
Support for the campaign against socialism was widespread. In Galway, a young father pushing a pram received a leaflet and emphatically stated, “I hate socialism!”
In Cork City, there was a lot of support. A man who already knew Irish Society for Christian Civilisation asked, “Are you getting much opposition?” “No, a lot of people are accepting the leaflets,” a volunteer answered. “That’s good. Keep up the good work.”
In Galway, a man named Andy approached a volunteer and thanked him. “You’re the only ones doing this, and it’s such an important issue to talk about. People don’t realize there’s an underlying ideology pushing this, abortion, and all the other evils.”
There were, however, some people who were vehemently opposed to the campaign against socialism.
In Cork City, a man dressed as a hippie accepted a leaflet. When the man realized it was anti-socialist, he spat on it and threw it on the ground.
One pro-socialist woman came by during a campaign in Limerick. “I embraced socialism,” she told a volunteer who asked her, “So you agree socialism is the same as communism?” “Yes,” the woman said. “So, do you agree with China and Russia?” the volunteer continued. The woman refused to answer and walked away.
The True Solution: Turning Back to God
The solution to Ireland’s problems is not to implement more socialist legislation but for the nation to turn back to God. Ireland needs to embrace Christian Civilisation which Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira explained in this way:
“Therefore, man advances in the life of grace by practicing virtue. At the same time, he elaborates a culture—a political, social and economic order—in entire consonance with the basic and perennial principles of natural law. This is what we call Christian civilization.”3
This ideal will only become a reality in Ireland when God, His Church, and His laws are at the center of society.
Let us pray and act for the conversion of Ireland so that it may once again become the land of saints and scholars.