Friday, April 17, 2009

Useful idiots: from Naziism to Obamism?

The following article comes from a reader with the comment: "In this excerpt from article written just after WWII, the writer is speaking of the rise of Nazism. However, this paragraph could well describe today's 'Cafeteria Catholics' and others taken in today by Obamism."
"Such is the weight of truth, so hard the burden of the good that unfortunately many people, albeit sincere Catholics allowed themselves to be hoodwinked by the maneuver. They lacked that hunger and thirst for justice which is the root of holy intransigence. They lacked that appetite for full-fledged Catholicism that would lead them to reject as an impurity any alliance with revolutionary leavens of the times. Things very markedly Catholic, exclusively Catholic, hurt their eyes as the sun hurts those of nocturnal birds. They preferred pale, diluted, indirect forms of Catholic radiation, like owls prefer moonlight. And they gave themselves body and soul to these tendencies of a clearly anti-Catholic character. In Italy, as in Germany and other places, a cohort of naïve and incautious, though well-intentioned people let themselves be enthralled and swept away by a bunch of crooks and adventurers of every ilk. And God alone knows with what furor and wrath countless threats were hurled at brothers in the Faith who indulged the luxury of being more lucid, perspicacious and vigorous in defense of the Faith."
Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira, "Reflections on Ten Years of Struggle Against Nazism" (republished from May 13, 1945 by The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family & Property, April 9, 2009)

[Hat tip to F.R.]

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