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  •  his Catholicism informed his anti-Communism (11+ / 0-)

    Same as JP2.  To conservative Catholics for over a hundred years, socialism/communism have been beyond the pale: atheistic, materialistic (in both senses), classist, iconoclastic, and above all seeking to dispossess the Church and its protectors and benefactors in the aristocracy and/or the haute bourgeoisie, and deny them any social or political role.  Democracy and human rights (at least as they are narrowly defined by conservative Catholics) could well have been a convenient sales pitch to the West ... though given Reagan's support for retrograde religious fundamentalists in Afghanistan, it may not have been necessary.

    Walesa's positions probably haven't changed at all, only the circumstances.  The battle against communism is long over, but the war against "modernism" is as hot as it ever was.

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