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New French language translation on Catholicism and communism on Acton’s transatlantic website

The Acton Institute has posted a new translation as part of its ongoing outreach to the French-speaking world. The article, “La montée du communisme dans des habits catholiques,” describes efforts to use Catholic rhetoric to promote the same statist aims once advanced by the former Communist Party in Eastern Europe.

The article notes how history proves the encroaching power of the state, advanced under the guise of promoting Catholicism, can as easily be used to drive people of faith to society’s margins:

Le communisme est remplacé par un nouvel appareil rhétorique. Mais c’est le catholicisme qui sort perdant.  … Une fois que le pouvoir d’État est construit, sa coercition peut être utilisée au service de n’importe quelle idéologie. Ceux qui croient que l’État peut faire respecter l’orthodoxie catholique feraient bien de se souvenir de l’histoire. Des sociétés autrefois catholiques ont persécuté l’Église et consacré le sécularisme par la force, à la place de la foi. D’autres croient que les États-Unis sont une dystopie oppressive, qui est en train de se transformer rapidement en une théocratie chrétienne d’extrême droite. Ceux-là devraient être les premiers à refuser à l’État l’autorité nécessaire à faire advenir un tel destin.

You can read the French-language translation, graciously performed by Benoît H. Perrin, here. You may also wish to read the original English-language post, “Communism with a Catholic vocabulary.”

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Rev. Ben Johnson

Rev. Ben Johnson (@therightswriter) is an Eastern Orthodox priest and served as Executive Editor of the Acton Institute (2016-2021), editing Religion & Liberty, the Powerblog, and its transatlantic website. He has extensively researched the Alt-Right. Previously, he worked for LifeSiteNews and FrontPageMag.com, where he wrote three books including Party of Defeat (with David Horowitz, 2008). His work has appeared at DailyWire.com, National Review, The American Spectator, The Guardian, Daily Caller, National Catholic Register, Spectator USA, FEE Online, RealClear Policy, The Blaze, The Stream, American Greatness, Aleteia, Providence Magazine, Charisma, Jewish World Review, Human Events, Intellectual Takeout, CatholicVote.org, Issues & Insights, The Conservative, Rare.us, and The American Orthodox Institute. His personal websites are therightswriter.com and RevBenJohnson.com. His views are his own.