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Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
Revolution and Counter-Revolution

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  • Part I The Revolution
    • CHAPTER VII: The Essence of the Revolution
      • 2.         REVOLUTION AND LEGITIMACY
        • A. Legitimacy Par Excellence
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2.         REVOLUTION AND LEGITIMACY

 

A. Legitimacy Par Excellence

            In general, the concept of legitimacy is focused on only in the context of dynasties and governments. Though heeding the teachings of Leo XIII in the encyclical Au milieu des sollicitudes, one cannot ignore the question of dynastic or governmental legitimacy, for it is an extremely grave moral matter that upright consciences must consider with all attention.

            However, the concept of legitimacy applies to other problems as well.

            There is a higher legitimacy, characteristic of every order of things in which the Royalty of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the model and source of legitimacy for all royalties and earthly powers, is effectuated. To fight for legitimate rulers is an obligation, indeed a grave one. Yet it is necessary to see the legitimacy of those in authority not only as a good, excellent per se, but also as a means to an even higher good, namely, the legitimacy of the entire social order, of all human institutions and ambiences, which is achieved through the disposition of all things according to the doctrine of the Church.

 




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