Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

The Benefits of Large Families

Experience shows that a family’s vitality and unity are usually in direct proportion to its fecundity.In large families, the children normally look up to the parents as leaders of a sizeable community, given the number of its members as well … Continue reading

If You Wish for Peace, Prepare for War

When we see those towering castles of the Middle Ages — erected on the border of Charlemagne’s Empire, on the banks of the Rhine or the Danube, or even along routes within Spain by the troops of the Great Emperor … Continue reading

True Glory Can Only Be Born of Pain

From every side of the parade grounds, with habitual and quite natural enthusiasm, a huge crowd watches a trooping of the Queen’s Royal Grenadiers in their ceremonial uniforms. New military tactics forced uniforms like these into obsolescence long ago. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

National and International Elites

People who excel at the national level form the elite of a nation. It is composed of exceptional figures of that nation who are representative of its highest sectors of activity and who have corresponding relationships. For example, such an … Continue reading

Traditional, Aristocratic and Authentic Elites

Qualifiers such as professional, cultural, moral, ethnic and so forth usually accompany the word elite. For this reason, it is useful to describe the meaning of three frequent qualifiers for the word: traditional, aristocratic and authentic. A professional elite can … Continue reading

What is Tolerance?

When it comes to tolerance, confusion reigns supreme. Everyone talks about it, but few seem to know exactly what it is. What, then, is tolerance? Imagine a man with two sons, one with sound principles and a strong will and … Continue reading

Mother

The word family indicates a plurality of persons. There is another word, one of special significance, that indicates just one person: Mother. A mother is the quintessence of a family, for she is the quintessence of love, the quintessence of … Continue reading

Dona Cesarina, an Enemy of TFP

“I don’t like the motto of your society,” quipped Dona Cesarina (see footnote), an acquaintance I had not seen in many years, as I met her by chance near the Conde Prates Building. Dona Cesarina is still a young grandmother … Continue reading

Why We Need the Spirit of Penance

It is said that today’s world is profoundly against penance and mortification. This is quite true. However, the main reason why we have this aversion is not that we want to avoid the physical pain of penance (which does exist). … Continue reading

Bishop Vital: Model for Our Times

In an article commemorating the centennial of the birth of Bishop Vital Maria Gonçalves de Oliveira(1844-1878), commonly known as Dom Vital, Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira extols the virtues of this prelate who resisted the secular authorities of his time. … Continue reading

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