This explains alot…..

Pope Leo XIII, who was pontiff from 1878 to 1903, published his encyclical letter Rerum Novarum in 1891.

In this encyclical, which defended the interests of working people and their families, the pope defended the right to private property and explained some of the fallacies and injustices of socialism.

“Socialists, therefore, by endeavoring to transfer the possessions of individuals to the community at large, strike at the interests of every wage-earner, since they would deprive him of the liberty of disposing of his wages, and thereby of all hope and possibility of increasing his resources and of bettering his condition in life,” said the pope.

“What is of far greater moment, however, is the fact that the remedy they propose is manifestly against justice,” he wrote. “For, every man has by nature the right to possess property as his own.”

The entirety of Rerum Novarum can be read on the Vatican’s website. Here is an excerpt:

5. It is surely undeniable that, when a man engages in remunerative labor, the impelling reason and motive of his work is to obtain property, and thereafter to hold it as his very own. If one man hires out to another his strength or skill, he does so for the purpose of receiving in return what is necessary for the satisfaction of his needs; he therefore expressly intends to acquire a right full and real, not only to the remuneration, but also to the disposal of such remuneration, just as he pleases. Thus, if he lives sparingly, saves money, and, for greater security, invests his savings in land, the land, in such case, is only his wages under another form; and, consequently, a working man’s little estate thus purchased should be as completely at his full disposal as are the wages he receives for his labor. But it is precisely in such power of disposal that ownership obtains, whether the property consist of land or chattels. Socialists, therefore, by endeavoring to transfer the possessions of individuals to the community at large, strike at the interests of every wage-earner, since they would deprive him of the liberty of disposing of his wages, and thereby of all hope and possibility of increasing his resources and of bettering his condition in life.