Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

The Insidious Question

Somebody asked me if I were a man of the right. Enthusiastically and euphorically I answered, “Yes.” On answering, I was already waiting for the concise and venomous little question that would come next: “Of the extreme right, then?” The … Continue reading

Tradition, Family, and Property

Once upon a time, there was a young man torn by a critical conflict of affections. He loved his charming spouse with all his soul. Yet at the same time, he had profound affection and respect for his mother. However, … Continue reading

Embracing Christ and the Cross

An authentic piety penetrates every recess of our souls, naturally stirring our most intimate emotions. Piety, however, is far more than feelings. It arises deep within ourselves from our knowledge of the truths that govern an interior life formed in … Continue reading

The Return Flight with Gogo

The airplane pierced the ugly clouds that obscured the sky of Guanabara on this damp, winter evening. Somewhat tired from the affairs of the day, I prepared to nap in the tepid warmth of the airplane until our arrival in … Continue reading

On the Airplane with Gogo

I boarded the airplane for Rio and took my seat. As the plane ascended, I picked up a newspaper to pass the time, but it was uninteresting. For lack of anything better, I turned to look at the passenger at … Continue reading

An Oasis in the Sahara

Editor’s Note: Taiwan is constantly pressured to yield to Communist China. Today, this is most evident in the economic sphere. Therefore, it is fitting to recall the words of the Taiwanese bishops in 1979. These words ring prophetic as to … Continue reading

At A Pizzeria with the “Moderates”

As I sat down at a table with a group of friends in a spacious and noisy pizzeria, I just had time to notice that our presence displeased some people sitting nearby. Three men and two women stared at us … Continue reading

Right? Or Left?

The words “right” and “left” are currently used to classify positions taken on the greatest variety of themes. The most common use relates to matters of a political, social or economic nature. However, these words may also apply to ways … Continue reading

Who is the Madman?

After questioning a man at length in his office, a psychiatrist asked: “You insist, then, that your brother is crazy?” “Yes, doctor. And I can give you even more symptoms of his condition.” And the man went on and on … Continue reading

The Importance of Tradition Today

While walking downtown I happened to bump into an acquaintance who challenged me by way of a greeting: “In your latest article you proved quite well that tradition is an indispensable survival of the past in the present. But is … Continue reading

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