On February 18, Julieta de Lima, long-time main member of the Communist Celebration of the Philippines (CPP) and head of the get together’s peace negotiating staff, delivered a speech to a summit of main church leaders during which she articulated the CPP’s open embrace of the Catholic Church and its legacy of medieval barbarism within the nation.
She addressed a gathering of archbishops, bishops, spiritual superiors and outstanding ministers assembled for the ninth Ecumenical Church Leaders’ Summit on Peace to commemorate “500 Years of Christianity within the Philippines.” The occasion was sponsored by the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) which is comprised of the highly effective Catholic Bishops’ Convention of the Philippines (CBCP), the Nationwide Council of Church buildings and the Affiliation of Main Spiritual Superiors of the Philippines.
De Lima unreservedly adopted the language and dogma of Christianity. She approvingly quoted Pope Francis, telling the assembled bishops, “The Lord has redeemed us all, all of us, with the blood of Christ, all of us, not simply Catholics.”
She depicted the CPP as struggling for a “simply and enduring peace,” after which dressed this up within the spiritual fatalism of medieval canon, Thomas a Kempis, declaring “To me this implies Man proposes and God disposes with the plenty not solely voicing the desire of God however realizing it on earth.”
The Catholic Church, with its dogma of redemptive struggling and its equipment of obscurantism, is without doubt one of the most exploitative establishments on the planet. The wealth of the church and the ability of the pope are the product of practically two millennia of theft, homicide, conquest and counter-revolution.
Few nations have suffered as enormously on account of this historical past because the Philippines. The Communist Celebration of the Philippines, nonetheless, joined the assembled spiritual superiors in a celebration of this legacy. De Lima declared, “As we have fun 500 years of Christianity within the nation, allow us to attempt ever more durable to uphold human dignity.” She claimed that the “Filipino folks have adopted it [Christianity] as a redemptive and liberating ethical drive in the identical method as one kind of society after one other has adopted science and expertise as a progressive consider advancing civilization.”
Ferdinand Magellan arrived in what would change into the Spanish colony of the Philippines in 1521. The CPP is becoming a member of the Catholic Church in celebrating the onset of colonial rule. Spanish colonial rule within the Philippines was exercised immediately by way of the establishments of the church and the spiritual orders. 5 hundred years of Christianity have been 5 hundred years of barbarism.
The church systematically destroyed the present native script, burning each occasion they might discover as “satanic.” Inside two generations they’d eradicated it and diminished the literate inhabitants to illiteracy. The monks intentionally maintained the inhabitants in a situation of ignorance to propagate their model of salvation and inculcate submission within the colonized.
The church relocated massive sections of the inhabitants, forcing them to reside close to the brand new church buildings, which have been constructed with pressured native labor. In addition they renamed the inhabitants, compelling them to undertake “Christian” surnames. They instructed them to concern hellfire within the afterlife and the whip of the priest on this one. They compelled the male inhabitants to hold out years of pressured labor.
The spiritual orders—Dominicans, Franciscans, Jesuits—confiscated land and consolidated it into huge plantations, turning into the biggest landowners within the nation, forcing their parishioners to pay lease for using the land that was stolen from them.
During times of social upheaval, the church directed the explosive class tensions within the colony in opposition to the Chinese language inhabitants, scapegoating them as “heathens.” The church immediately instigated repeated pogroms during which tens of hundreds of long-time Chinese language residents have been murdered. The Catholic Church oversaw the suppression and exclusion of the Muslim inhabitants.
For all of its rhetoric of the blood of Christ, it’s with the blood of the colonized that the church is roofed.
When, within the Eighteen Nineties, an anti-colonial revolution shook Spain’s maintain on the Philippines, the nice thinkers and leaders of this upheaval essentially noticed their power directed above all in opposition to the Catholic Church. Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Apolinario Mabini, no matter their very actual political limitations, have been brave and far-sighted. They sought to institute a secular authorities, separate church and state, and demanded the expulsion of the spiritual orders from the nation and the seizure of church land. The church responded by overseeing the torture, imprisonment, and execution of revolutionaries.
The revolution was betrayed by the Philippine elite and brutally suppressed by American imperialism. Throughout the ensuing conflict of conquest waged by the US, among the Filipino forces fashioned an unbiased nationwide church, whose founding paperwork repudiated the Virgin start, the existence of angels and hell, and insisted that the earth was hundreds of thousands of years previous and that life was the product of evolution. Three million Filipino peasants and employees joined the brand new church. It was US imperialism that restored the maintain of the Catholic Church within the nation and never any deep-seated Filipino perception. Recognizing its usefulness in sustaining order, the US restored the church’s lands and the ability of the spiritual orders over the nation.
The Catholic Church continues its legacy of barbarism to at the present time. It holds profound sway over the supposedly secular state. Not solely is abortion banned within the nation, divorce is prohibited. Contraception shouldn’t be accessible from authorities well being clinics; intercourse schooling shouldn’t be a compulsory topic in colleges.
The church has perpetuated a medieval brutality in on a regular basis life. It’s due to the Catholic Church that sections of the inhabitants, significantly the peasantry, imagine in magical amulets, dancing Sto Niño dolls, and anti-communist devotion to the Virgin Mary. Flagellants beat themselves bloody throughout Holy Week yearly. Scores of individuals actually crucify themselves on Good Friday, and the native priest prays over the nails earlier than they’re pushed into the wrists of the desperately poor, who hope their struggling will safe assist from the silent heavens.
The rule of the Catholic Church within the Philippines is a marked demonstration of the truth that primary democratic measures haven’t but been carried out. The nation has not but achieved secular governance, the separation of church and state, or the answer to the agrarian downside. The failure of the Philippine revolution of 1896 foreshadowed the elemental issues of the 20 th century.
Leon Trotsky, in his perspective of Everlasting Revolution, demonstrated that the worldwide growth of capitalism meant that the nationwide and democratic duties of the revolution could be accomplished not by the capitalist class, however by the working class. In finishing up these measures, the working class could be compelled to infringe upon capitalist property relations and would thus implement socialist measures as effectively. The revolution couldn’t stay throughout the confines of the nation-state; its survival required the unfold of socialist revolution internationally. It was this attitude of Everlasting Revolution that was adopted by Lenin in April 1917 and that served because the organizing program of the October revolution.
Stalinism was the betrayal of the October Revolution and never its continuation. Within the protection of their rising set of privileged pursuits, sections of the paperwork led by Stalin put ahead the nationalist perspective of constructing “Socialism in One Nation.” In furtherance of this attitude, they rehabilitated the previous Menshevik perspective, rejected by Lenin and Trotsky, that in nations of belated capitalist growth the duties of the revolution have been solely nationwide and democratic in character, and never but socialist. A piece of the capitalist class, subsequently, would play a progressive function and ought to be sought out as allies. On this manner, the Stalinist paperwork used Communist Events across the globe to conclude offers with sections of the ruling elite.
The predecessor of the CPP, the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP), was based on this system of Stalinism in 1930; the CPP continued its legacy. Each the PKP and the CPP subordinated the struggles of the Filipino plenty to the pursuits of the capitalist elite. Because the revolution of 1896, nonetheless, the Filipino bourgeoisie totally deserted its democratic duties. The property pursuits of capitalist class within the Philippines lay within the protection of the big landed estates and the rule of the Catholic Church. The PKP and CPP tail-ended this orientation. Thus, whereas the CPP claims to be carrying ahead the “unfinished revolution” of Andres Bonifacio, they’ve actually deserted the militant anti-clericalism of the revolution of 1896 and have embraced the Catholic Church.
When employees and peasants first come across the revolutionary get together in any nation, they convey with them their illusions, prejudices, and misconceptions—together with superstitions, racism, and spiritual beliefs. The duty of the get together is to not adapt to those backward conceptions, however to patiently clarify to the plenty a scientific, materialist understanding of the world.
The Stalinists, nonetheless, don’t battle for the pursuits of the working class, however slightly of the bourgeoisie. The get together has thus gone out of its solution to reinforce the spiritual beliefs of the working class and peasantry and to color the church as a liberating drive in society. It has subordinated the pursuits of employees to the wants of the Catholic Church.
This has impacted each facet of the get together’s work. For many years, in an effort to retain assist throughout the church, the get together disciplined younger feminine cadre who have been accused of premarital intercourse, which the get together management termed a “bourgeois deviation.” The CPP refused to distribute contraception at its “revolutionary well being clinics.”
The entrance organizations of the get together routinely stage political dramas primarily based on the eagerness of Christ. They frequently direct employees to affix plenty held in Catholic church buildings as acts of protests. They stage candle-lit spiritual processions.
A core member group of the Nationwide Democratic Entrance of the CPP is the Christians for Nationwide Liberation (CNL). There are CNL items within the get together’s New Folks’s Military (NPA) which difficulty common statements. In December 2018, an NPA unit of the CNL issued an announcement, “on the anniversary of the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ,” celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding the CPP.
This spiritual opportunism saturates the get together to its highest ranges. The youngest little one of founder and ideological chief of the CPP, Jose Maria Sison, was baptized into the Catholic Church by Cardinal Sin himself, very long time head of the church within the nation. Main members of the elite stood as godparents, together with a senator and a future vp.
The CPP’s utter abandonment of materialism and groveling embrace of the Catholic Church is an integral part of its alliances with a piece of the ruling elite. It reveals that there is no such thing as a depth to which the get together is not going to descend.
This was made clear within the last paragraph of De Lima’s speech. She advised the assembled spiritual leaders that “we don’t foreclose the likelihood that Duterte is struck by lightning like Saul on his solution to Damascus and agrees to renew peace negotiations due to the miraculous mixture of prayers for and advocacy of peace by the folks and the irresistible calls for of the quickly worsening disaster of the ruling system.”
The CPP enthusiastically supported Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte throughout his rise to energy. They sought to combine themselves into his administration, whereas he oversaw a conflict on medication that killed hundreds of poor Filipinos. When the talks lastly broke down, the get together denounced him as a “fascist.” De Lima publicly admitted on the spiritual gathering that the get together was now resuming “backchannel discussions” with the Duterte administration, and was counting on the “miraculous” energy of “prayer” that Duterte might need a conversion.
De Lima is the spouse of Jose Maria Sison. Sison repeatedly shared her speech on Fb, together with her quote about praying for Duterte’s conversion.
Stalinism is the betrayal of every thing that Marx stood for and the whole historical past of Marxism. Studying the get together’s open embrace of Christianity and colonialism is nauseating. It’s value remembering what Marx himself wrote.
In 1847, in response to the “Christian socialists” of the Rheinischer Beobachter, who claimed that Communism was the belief of the “social ideas of Christianity,” Marx wrote,
“The social ideas of Christianity have now had eighteen hundred years to be developed …
“The social ideas of Christianity justified the slavery of antiquity, glorified the serfdom of the Center Ages, and are succesful, in case of want, of defending the oppression of the proletariat, even when with considerably doleful grimaces. The social ideas of Christianity preach the need of a ruling and oppressed class, and for the latter all they’ve to supply is the pious want that the previous could also be charitable. …
“The social ideas of Christianity preach cowardice, self-contempt, abasement, submissiveness and humbleness, in brief, all of the qualities of the rabble, and the proletariat, which is not going to allow itself to be handled as rabble, wants its braveness, its self-confidence, its delight and its sense of independence much more than its bread.
“The social ideas of Christianity are sneaking and hypocritical, and the proletariat is revolutionary. A lot for the social ideas of Christianity.”
A lot as effectively for the Communist Celebration of the Philippines and its embrace of the barbaric heritage of the Catholic Church.