Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

Hail, Mother of Hope

Optimism, pessimism, realism: what position should we take in the face of current events? Before answering this question we need to give words their true meaning. Strictly speaking, a realist is one who sees facts as they are. Therefore, an … Continue reading






The Last Christmas Card

Every year, numerous people who usually sent Prof. Plinio a Christmas card had a hopeful expectation. It was to receive sometime later, a reply with another card containing a Christmas message signed by him, filling their souls with joy and … Continue reading






Don’t Treat Wolves Like Lost Sheep

The doctrine of Our Lord Jesus Christ is full of seemingly antagonistic truths which nevertheless when examined closely, far from mutually denying one another actually complement one another, forming a truly marvelous harmony. This is the case, for example, with … Continue reading






Impressions of the Shroud of Turin

  Commenting on the Holy Shroud at a lecture on March 10, 1973, Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira said the sacred cloth is a reflection of the soul of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Here are a few excerpts from that talk: … Continue reading






Remedy for Contemporary Moral Hardness

Today we see all these things: mothers in whose bowels the love of their children decreases in intensity; husbands who cast an entire family into disgrace solely to satisfy their own instincts and passions; children who, indifferent to the misery … Continue reading






Why We Need Beauty in Our Lives

God created beauty for the life of the soul. It has no corporal usefulness. It does not satisfy hunger, shelter us from a storm or provide warmth. For the life of the body, it is perfectly useless. However, beauty is … Continue reading






The Honeycomb, the Lily and the Bomb

Back in the seventies, the Brazilian newspaper, O Folha de S. Paulo, asked Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira if he favored the end of legal restrictions to divorce. His reply is very applicable to the present debate around same-sex “marriage.” … Continue reading






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