by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
Saint of the Day, 6th July 1965
“A Roman and Apostolic Catholic, the author of this text submits himself with filial devotion to the traditional teaching of Holy Church. However, if by an oversight anything is found in it at variance with that teaching, he immediately and categorically rejects it.”
The words “Revolution” and “Counter-Revolution” are employed here in the sense given to them by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira in his book Revolution and Counter-Revolution, the first edition of which was published in the monthly Catolicismo, Nº 100, April 1959.
The only photo of Saint Maria Goretti, found in 2011 in the album of memories of Mazzoleni Conti which had assumed the Goretti in the Roman countryside
In the midst of today’s moral decay, the Holy, Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church presents Saint Maria Goretti (1890-1902) as a model in the fight against immorality. She is diametrically opposed to every tendency in our contemporary world.
Saint Maria Goretti invites us to be faithful to the traditional doctrine of the Church. She is a role model of the Church’s zeal in defense of purity and that unique bravery purity imbues. The Church has always instilled this bravery in defense of virtue. That is why a faithful Catholic should prefer death to losing his purity.
Much has been said about a truly Christian social order. There can be no true social order without the family and there can be no true family without purity whose very name fills men with human respect and whose practice must be carried to perfection and which must be honored as a value in and of itself.
Few dare to talk about another aspect of the practice of this virtue: chastity according to one’s state of life, be it perfect chastity or married chastity. Purity must be practiced and defended in these two holy forms.
The political and social order will inevitably crumble in ambiances where the virtue of purity is disregarded. Thus, there can be no preservation of the social and political order, nor the serious building of Christian civilization without a foundation based in purity, among other virtues.
The room where Saint Maria Goretti was born