Editor's Note: Recently, the Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property published a book entitled, Half a Century of Epic Anti-Communist Struggle, detailing all the public actions carried out by the TFP since its foundation in 1960 as well as a review of the history of the actions of the founding associates of that organization from 1928 to 1960.
Just prior to the visit of John Paul II to that
country, a copy of this book, along with the following communiqué, was sent to
the Apostolic Nuncio in
Most Excellent Sir,
D. Carmine Rocco,
I present to Your Excellency my respectful greetings and ask your leave to enter upon the subject that I now wish to expound:
In addition to being the diplomatic mission of the
This being so, I am certain that repercussions about the activities of the Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) frequently reach Your Excellency.
If there were no other reasons for this, the fact that this Society wages a persevering combat against international Communism would be sufficient; for this implacable adversary knows better than anyone else how to spread counterinformation and detraction, and how to make them reach even the most unexpected ambiances.
Given all these circumstances, I have nurtured the desire
of entering into contact with Your Excellency in order to keep you abreast of the
thinking, goals and methods of the TFP; of its expansion in Brazil; and of the
appearance of autonomous counterparts of it in this or that country of the
Americas and of Europe. I would likewise like to talk with Your Excellency
about the Ufficio Tradizione,
The book Half a Century of Epic Anti-Communist Struggle containing abundant data about these matters having now been published, I fulfill that desire of mine by offering it to Your Excellency. This gesture of mine corresponds to the dispositions of soul of the directors, associates, collaborators, and correspondents of the entity all over the country.
Indeed, Your Excellency, even though the TFP is not, according to its statutes, a specifically Catholic entity, all of those who strive under the standard of the TFP feel honored that they are practicing Catholics; within the ambiance and the life of the society — to which they dedicate, with Christian patriotism, all the time that they can spare — they find rich incentives to grow in the love of God and of the Church.
The non-Catholics who have joined the Society (among whom are Protestants, Greco-schismatics, Jews, Buddhists, etc.), have after a while been converted, becoming fervent Catholics. The reason for these numerous conversions is that the TFP makes its anti-communist action consist in a positive aspect (that is, the enrichment of the three Christian values that the action of Communism increasingly undermines all over the Earth: tradition, family and private property) and a negative aspect (that is, the denunciation of the errors that Communism contains in its bosom). The TFP — an association that is essentially civic by its own nature — presents these errors based on the traditional documents of the supreme Magisterium. Thus it brings a large number of Catholics who have fallen away from the Sacraments, especially among the youth, closer to the inspired wisdom of the Church; and it does the same with non-Catholics. Impressed by the social doctrine of the Church and aided by grace, these two groups gladly ascend to the great religious and moral truths that are, as it were, the springs of the socio-economic thinking of the Church. In this manner, on the basis of a notion developed wholly in the temporal sphere, they are led to the Faith and to the effective and ardent practice of our holy Religion.
Therefore, as a civic society, the TFP has the joy of submitting itself lovingly and without restrictions to the teachings and moral norms of the Church. On the other hand, however, because of the very fact that it is a civic association, it acts exclusively in its own name without involving the sacred Hierarchy in any way. In the enclosed book is the history of the action carried out by the TFP since its foundation in 1960. Its last chapter also contains a review of the history of the actions undertaken by the present founding associates of the TFP from 1928 to 1960, during which time they had the good fortune of working, for the same goals, with several Catholic associations or officially Catholic institutions under ecclesiastical direction.
I beg Your Excellency to see in this offering the expression of our association's unshakable purpose to remain always faithful to the sacrosanct religious principles that for over half a century now have been orienting the actions of its directors; and of its entire devotion to the See of Saint Peter, which is at one and the same time the foundation, the principle of life, and the supreme symbol of the highest ideals of Christian Civilization.
Asking Your Excellency for your precious blessing and
prayers, I am
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
President of the National Council