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Revolution and Counter-Revolution
About Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
A Man of Faith, Thought, and Action
Catholic thinker, writer, university professor, journalist and lecturer – all of these describe the life of Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. However, such a description is somehow incomplete.
Indeed, he is a man who must be seen in light of the times in which he lived. Born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1908, the founder of the TFPs is a figure that stands tall in a tempestuous century where he emerged as a man of faith, thought and action.
If he is to be defined at all, Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira must first be understood as one who valued his Catholic Faith above all else. The Faith marked his entire life. He turned his back on a promising political career, and put himself at the service of the Church.
This central focus began from his infancy when his mother, Lucilia Corrêa de Oliveira, imparted to him a love of Catholic Church. That early formation and later his Jesuit education was the foundation of a life of zealous Catholic action.
In 1928 he joined the Marian Congregations of São Paulo and soon became a principal leader and orator. In 1933 he helped organize the Catholic Electoral League and was elected to the nation’s Constitutional Convention. As the youngest congressman in Brazil´s history, he garnered the largest number of votes and served as a distinguished leader of the Catholic bloc.
The rest of his life is a long list of service for the Catholic cause. He assumed the chair of Modern and Contemporary History at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. He was also the first president of the São Paulo Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Action.
From 1935 to 1947 he served as director of the Catholic weekly Legionário, which attained prominence in the Brazilian Catholic press under his tutelage especially for its opposition to Nazism. In 1951 he began his direction of the monthly paper Catolicismo. From 1968 to 1990 he wrote a column for the Folha de São Paulo, the city’s largest daily newspaper.
However,Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira was more than just a man of faith and action. His profound analysis of history and world events gave rise to a pole of Catholic thought that opposed communism and Catholic leftism as it rocked Latin America and the world.
An avowed Thomist, he was the author of 15 books and over 2,500 in-depth essays and articles. His works include: In Defense of Catholic Action, Revolution and Counter-Revolution, The Church and the Communist State: The Impossible Coexistence, Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites in the Allocutions of Pius XII and many others (See Philosophical Self-Portrait ).
Finally, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira was truly a crusader of the twentieth century, a man who was the very embodiment of his thought. To put his ideas into action, he founded the Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) in 1960 and served as president of its national council until his death in 1995. His penetrating treatise Revolution and Counter-Revolution inspired the founding of autonomous TFPs and TFP Bureaus worldwide.
As a civic organization of Catholic inspiration, the TFP served as a platform for carrying out this crusade. Whether in public campaigns, newspaper advertisements or book publications, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira carried out peaceful and legal actions that addressed the burning issues of the day. Scholars reviewing his role in events testify as to his efficacious action.
None of his works would be possible without an intense interior life. What impressed those who know Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira was his profound confidence in the Blessed Virgin who was the source of his courage and allowed him to carry on the struggle for Christian Civilization with the absolute certainty of the final victory of good over evil. He was the twentieth century crusader who firmly believed in the words of Our Lady at Fatima: Finally My Immaculate Heart will triumph!
If you would like more information on Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, try the following links:
For a complete listing of available articles by Plinio Corrêa de Olvieira click here
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Distinguished Apostle, Ardent and Intrepid Polemist by Bernardino Cardinal Echeverria Ruiz, O.F.M.
Interview with Prof. Roberto de Mattei author of The Twentieth Century Crusader
Preface to The Twentieth Century Crusader by Alfons Maria Cardinal Stickler
Introducing Historical Insight on the Contemporary Crisis
Revolution and Counter-Revolution
by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
Originally published as Revolução e Contra-Revolução, in Catolicismo, April 1959 (Parts I and II) and January 1977 (Part III)
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