In the first chapter of his new book, German Archbishop Reinhard Marx addresses a letter to his nineteenth century namesake the communist founder, Karl Marx.
Munich Archbishop Marx wrote the first chapter of his "Das Kapital: A Plea for Humanity" as a letter to his "dear namesake" - the 19th century ideologist Karl Marx, the International Herald Tribune reports.
But he says readers should not expect a defence of communism from the book.
Archbishop Marx says his work is to some extent "an argument with Marxism."
The archbishop writes that "the consequences of your thinking were in the end disastrous."
Marx says he intends with the book to highlight the value of Catholic social teaching.
Another Marx, a new 'Das Kapital' (International Herald Tribune, 28/10/08)
Karl Marx (Wikipedia)
Reinhard Marx (Wikipedia)