Understanding the Sick Mind
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In all leftist systems, you see a cycle.  First, whether National Socialism or Marxism, you start with the utopia and the denial (usually explicit) of Original Sin.  So Russia had its "worker's paradise" and Germany had its Third Reich "worker's paradise".  Then things start to go south, and the leftist system finds enemies, so it implicitly accepts that SOME men are fallen.  Allowed to continue, and the eventual conclusion is that all men are worms and naked government power is required to maintain order, with the average man forgetting long ago about the obvious solution to the Fall of Man, subsidiarity.

That's the back round.  Now look at the sick personalism of Pope JPII and Pope Benedict XVI.  When was there formative years?  For Benedict, he got to view the outrages of the Nazi regime AFTER it had passed through the utopia stage and was exercising brute force.  For JPII, he grew up in Poland AFTER the utopia dream had faded.  To deal with this, they clung to personalism and the overemphasis on the "dignity of man".  Because once you start talking about "Fallen Man", you are bringing back their childhood (and even adult) experiences with governments that considered human life to be worthless, only a cog in the machine, easily replaceable.

It is throughout all of their writings.

And again, they won't stop and consider the alternative.  Yes Man is fallen, but the Church has always advocated subsidiarity as the remedy, and baptism on the Spiritual Side.  It is like they have an internal false dichotomy.  If Original Sin is correct, then the statists were correct.  If we are to prevent the statists, we have to overemphasize the "dignity" of man.  I happen to find this trait far more prominent in JPII's horrible writings, but also subtly present in Benedict's.
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Your first point makes sense, James, and we can compare JPII/BXVI with Pope Pius XII, who saw national socialism and communism as they sprung from revolutions.
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