It is fashionable these days among conservatives to commend the West for the “fall of Communism.

It is fashionable these days among conservatives to commend the West for the “fall of Communism.” In fact, as long as Christianity (and more directly, the Catholic faith) exists, Satan will bring to bear all his minions to attack it. Pius XI and Leo XIII knew this, and their warnings are just as applicable today. Pius XI said in Divini Redemptoris:

“The struggle between good and evil remained in the world as a sad legacy of the original fall. Nor has the ancient tempter ever ceased to deceive mankind with false promises. It is on this account that one convulsion following upon another has marked the passage of the centuries, down to the revolution of our own days. This modern revolution, it may be said, has actually broken out or threatens everywhere, and it exceeds in amplitude and violence anything yet experienced in the preceding persecutions launched against the Church. Entire peoples find themselves in danger of falling back into a barbarism worse than that which oppressed the greater part of the world at the coming of the Redeemer.”

“This all too imminent danger, Venerable Brethren, as you have already surmised, is bolshevistic and atheistic Communism, which aims at upsetting the social order and at undermining the very foundations of Christian civilization.”