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VATICAN BLASTS MARXISM AND CAPITALISM, WARNS PRIESTS TO STAY APOLITICAL

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The Vatican blasted Marxism and capitalism in a document on the church's social doctrine that again warned priests to remain apolitical.

The 95-page document, drawn up by the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education, set guidelines for priests on how to teach the Catholic Church's social doctrine, based on papal teachings through the centuries.The Vatican said Tuesday the treatise was seven years in the making and was prompted by a study of Catholic seminaries that showed many of them "left a lot to be desired" in the way they teach candidates for the priesthood.

Much of the document was dedicated to a review of the development of the Catholic Church's social doctrine, but it also contained several highly critical passages relating to clergymen who identify themselves with political movements.

Pope John Paul II has strongly opposed the mixing of religion and politics, especially in a doctrine known as "liberation theology," under which priests and nuns support leftist social movements to aid the poor in Third World nations, particularly those of Latin America.

"Pastors and other ministers of the church, in order to better preserve their freedom in the evangelization of political reality, will keep themselves outside various parties and groups which could create divisions or compromise the effectiveness of the apostolate, nor will they give preferential support unless the common good requires it in concrete and exceptional circumstances," the document said.

In a chapter titled, "The danger of ideological influence," the Vatican criticized Marxism and capitalism.

Marxist sociological analysis was "subject from the start to a particular ideological view of very precise political strategy," the document said. "This danger of ideological influence on sociological analysis also exists in the liberal ideology that inspires the capitalist system," it added.