THE APOSTOLIC SEE
Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Church
POPE BONIFACE X
Sancta Sedes, Papa Bonifatius X
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We warn you to be watchful. For Our Predecessors made plain-
For each man must have the right to dispose of the fruit of his labor as he deems fit, as Our Predecessor Leo XIII stated “when men know they are working on what belongs to them, they work with far greater eagerness and diligence.” Further, these “advantages can be attained only if private wealth is not drained away by crushing taxes of every kind, for since the right of possessing goods privately has been conferred not by man’s law, but by nature, public authority cannot abolish it, but can only control its exercise and bring it into conformity with the commonweal. Public authority therefore would act unjustly and inhumanly, if in the name of taxes it should appropriate from the property of private individuals more than is equitable.:”
And what Brethren is equitable?
Our Predecessor goes on to describe “but when the demands of necessity and propriety have been met [among those who have something left over], it is a duty to give to the poor out of that which remains…. These are duties not of justice, except in cases of extreme need, but of Christian charity, which obviously cannot be enforced by legal action”
Further, Our Predecessor states plainly “In questions such as the number of hours of work in each kind of occupation and the health safeguards to be provided, particularly in factories, it will be better, in order to avoid unwarranted governmental intervention, especially since circumstances of business, season, and place are so varied, that decision be reserved [to private organizations]”
Therefore We see how plainly the Church condemns distributing wealth by legal action, and how even regulations such as the number of hours one can work are seen as unwarranted, and an incursion on the equitable right of disposing of property.
Further, beware of associations of workers, and do not support their deceptions. For “they are largely under the control of secret leaders and these leaders apply principles which are in harmony neither with Christianity nor with States”. And again, Our Predecessor encourages the formation of Catholic societies that are alternatives to the standard associations. “Let those [Catholic] associations provide ample opportunity for religious instruction so that individual members may understand their duties to God… and may be fortified against erroneous opinions and various forms of corruption”, such corruption being the odious idea that society must force men to hold their property in common.
Certain crafty judges of late have implemented every means possible to siphon property into extremely specific directions, therefore while not in name, yet by de facto, have caused the property to be nothing more than destroyed as to its private character in the name of health care and other luxuries of the modern age. This property then is held in common and distributed at the behest and command of the state. This cannot be more forcibly condemned. These judges are controlled by nefarious spirits, and the very “secret leaders” that Our Predecessor warns against regarding associations of workers. They will do well to repent if it were possible.
Pope Boniface X,
Servant of the Servants of God
DATED this 3rd day of July, 2012