In this document, the Pope denounces socialism and communism for attempting to confuse the faithful with new doctrines. He speaks of plots and conspiracies created by revolutionaries and rationalists in order to overthrow the temporal power of the Catholic Church. He deplores the problem of indifferentism in matters of religion and urges Italians to obey their legitimate political authorities. He adds that Christianity protects true liberty and equality, and that such revolutions are therefore useless.
The interpretation of the condemned statements of the Syllabus was intended to take place in light of the contents of previous statements such as this one, hence the reference to other documents after each proposition.[clarification needed]
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