What would the Catholic Church’s judgement be on an agency or government that exercised political control of opinion and repressed things they considered thought crimes? Based on a reading of CCC 2499 the Church would consider such an agency or government part of, or a totalitarian state. See Catechism of the Catholic Church in section 2499 below:
CCC 2499 “Moral judgment must condemn the plague of totalitarian states which systematically falsify the truth, exercise political control of opinion through the media, manipulate defendants and witnesses at public trials, and imagine that they secure their tyranny by strangling and repressing everything they consider “thought crimes.”“
It has been reported that employees inside the IRS have allegedly intimidated individuals like Catholic professor, Dr. Anne Hendershott (read here) because of what she thinks and repressed the applications of several groups that are considered to be conservative who applied for 501c status with the IRS.
See the video below for the example of a conservative group facing such repression through an IRS official’s letter at minute 3:40 read by Congressman James Lankford of Oklahoma district 5. Lankford also demonstrates that many officials at the IRS would have been involved in the creation of the letter:
Additionally, CCC section 2499 does go deeper into how totalitarian states use the media and manipulate persons. Unfortunately, these other warnings also appear to have potential today in the U.S.