Tradition, Family and Property,
Nobility and Traditional Analogous Elites in the Allocutions of Pius XII to the Roman Patriciate and Nobility, by Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
Professor Plinio Corrêa
de Oliveira's Nobility and
Traditional Analogous Elites in the Allocutions of Pius XII to the Roman
Patriciate and Nobility
has just been published in Portuguese by
Mario Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, O.P., Theologian of the Papal Household ("the Pope' s theologian") during the reigns of Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, J. Paul I and J. Paul II wrote congratulating the author for his important new work. He says: "Today, not only is the old hostility to the nobility gradually dying out, but there are prominent intellectuals emerging almost everywhere who emphasize how detrimental the loss of authentic elites, with the concomitant vulgarization of the human type, is to culture and to the lifestyle of contemporary society. This is why in many places we now see manifested an ardent aspiration for the restoration of the influence of authentic elites over the multitudes, that the latter may once again become —in accordance with Pius XII's teachings— peoples instead of nameless masses.... In this historical context, your work proves to be extraordinarily timely... since it makes an appeal to nobility and to similar elites to work together, more than ever before, toward the common spiritual and temporal good of all nations."
Today when so much is said of the ruinous effects of the so-called cultural elites, Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira lays out and analyzes the rich and important doctrinal considerations which Pius XII made concerning the roles which the nobility played in the past. That mission continues, albeit, in different ways. The nobility, together with other authentic elites, have the obligation of giving good example of Christian virtue and above all charity. While at the same time, the people should admire and respect them.
The book is scheduled to be published throughout the world with different prefaces by prominent individuals from several nations, and most editions will also include an appendix showing the role which elites have played in that nations history.