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Published in Portugal:

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 Editora Civilizaçao, Portugal's second largest publishing house. Prince Luiz of Or­leans-Braganza wrote the preface to the Portuguese edition. The book has been given prominent display space in book­stores throughout the country and has al­ready received letters ofpraise from sev­eral important figures.

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.