“The early church was a socialist church.”
So said Rev. Raphael Warnock in 2016, four years before the citizens of Georgia elected him a U.S. senator.
It’s a strange statement, least of all because the description “socialist church” is an oxymoron. Not only would the Church fathers be puzzled by it, but so would socialism’s fathers. “Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms,” stated Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno, “no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.”