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Michael J. Nader is an Employment Law attorney. He earned a JD from the Notre Dame Law School, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, and an LL.M. at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. He has also served as a judicial clerk for two federal judges at the district court and appellate levels.


  1. Many years ago I heard about Pius XI’s encyclicals about Fascism and Communism. I’ve wondered what they said ever since.

    Thank you for the very interesting summary. It does seem particularly apropos in this election year when one party’s candidates appear to be presenting ineffective, retreaded solutions that promise governmental solutions to problems that involve the individual human soul.

    Tying Pius’ observations to the Benedict XVI encyclical was also enlightening.

    History will record the fact that the most telling, most devastating, most prescient condemnations of twentieth century humanity’s insane obsession with governmental solutions came from the Roman Catholic Church.

    One wishes that more Catholics — especially those in leadership positions within the Church — were aware of them.

    • I wanted to print this comment by Brineyman but couldn’t, so I copied part. Well put, especially the part that states problems and their solutions begin with – in my words – with the individual human soul. I recently heard Bishop Barron state to “find your center in Christ” and everything else will be in harmony. A lot of ways to express this from Scripture and great spiritual writers.

  2. I would hope that our current pope would study Pius XI. For him to have abandoned our Chinese brethren to the communist dictatorship is absolutely appalling, is it not?

    • Terrible. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church survived in part because of the words and actions of Pope John Paul II.
      He supported us when we needed it the most.

      I think the Holy Father was given very bad advice by his counsellors. Cardinal Zen is a hero for spreading the truth about the underground Catholic Church in China.

      Health, God’s Blessings and a belated Happy Feast Day to His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen.

  3. While I defend Pius XI from accusations that he was sympathetic to the Nazis (which he clearly wasn’t), I remain puzzled by how little the Church did to reprimand or in some way curb the many Catholic priests and bishops that were enthusiastic supporters of the Nazis (and there were many — read, for example, Stargardt’s The German War).

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