Catholic Dictionary

Totalitarianism

A system in which the State maintains total control over the life and conduct of its citizens. It is contrary to Catholic teaching, not only because of the official atheism and restricted religious practice usually associated with totalitarianism, but also because it violates the rights of individuals and families to pursue their own good ends within the general principle of seeking the good of society.

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