Saturday, October 12, 2013

Civiltà’s Present Critiqued by its Living Past

John Rao, "Dialogue with the Living Dead" (Remnant Online, October 3, 2013), offers "A Deadening Moment in the Civiltà’s Present Critiqued by its Living Past" -- that is, a discussion of the background assumptions behind Pope Francis's recent interview with La Civiltà Cattolica in light of the earlier tradition of La Civiltà Cattolica itself (which was founded in 1850 to combat modernism), as well as the teachings passed down from Popes Gregory XVI, Blessed Pius IX, Leo XIII, and the historical tendencies of the influence of Abbé de Lamennais, and so forth.

Worth noting is the opening quotation from A. Dioscordi, “La rivoluzione italiana e la Civiltà Cattolica”, Atti del XXXII congresso del Risorgimento italiano (Rome, 1956), p. 94:
“The Syllabus in complete form is already in La Civiltà Cattolica in 1850. It is nothing other than the codification, the unconditional approval, the supreme papal sanction of those principles and doctrines that, already at the time of the definition of the Immaculate Conception, that periodical had assumed the task of promoting, and which for years and years it tenaciously supported.”
[Hat tip to L.S.]