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|Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira|
Revolution and Counter-Revolution
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From the foregoing it is easy to infer that Catholic culture and civilization are the culture and civilization par excellence. It must be noted that they cannot exist save in Catholic peoples. Indeed, even though man may know the principles of Natural Law by his own reason, a people
without the Magisterium of the Church cannot durably preserve the knowledge of all of them. 21 For this reason, a people that does not profess the true religion cannot durably practice all the Commandments. 22 Given these conditions, and since there can be no Christian order without the knowledge and observance of the Law of God, civilization and culture par excellence are only possible within the fold of the Holy Church. Indeed, as Saint Pius X stated, civilization is all the more true, all the more lasting, all the more fecund in precious fruits, the more purely Christian it is; it is all the more decadent, to the great misfortune of society, the farther it withdraws from the Christian ideal. Thus, by the intrinsic nature of things, the Church becomes also in fact the guardian and protector of Christian civilization. 23
21. Cf. First Vatican Council, sess. III, chapter 2 (Denzinger l7-16).
22. Cf Council of Trent, sess. VI, Chapter 2 (Denzinger 812).
23. Saint Pius X, encyclical Il fermo proposito, June II, 1905, Bonne Presse, Paris, vol. 2, p.92.
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