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Amerio is back!

ROMA, April 23, 2007 – In “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the magazine of the Rome Jesuits printed with the prior scrutiny and authorization of the Vatican secretariat of state, a review has been published that signals the end of a taboo.

The taboo is the one that has obliterated from public discussion, for decades, the thought of the most authoritative and erudite representative of criticism of the twentieth century Church in the name of the great Tradition: the Swiss philologist and philosopher Romano Amerio (in the photo), who died in Lugano in 1997, at the age of 92.

[From the review:]

...Of course, it is not possible to share the negative judgment extended to the Council in its entirety and to all the positive things it produced. ...
Read whole article at Chiesa.


  1. Most interesting. So, on the verge of meeting one of the SSPX's two preconditions for reconciliation, the Holy See indicates a willingness seriously to discuss the thought of the author of "most perfect book written about the Council since the Council."

    Obviously, this is not an uncritical or complete endorsement of Amerio's thought, but it is very respectful and indicates that he identifies and addresses major problems. It is certainly a helpful gesture indicating that the possible starting point for a philosophical and theological conversation, along the lines of the SSPX's second precondition.

    More generally, it serves to flesh out what the Holy Father's hermeneutic of continuity might involve. What next; a symposium on von Hildebrand at the CDF?

  2. Anonymous3:12 PM

    I agree that this is another very hopeful sign from Roma.

    Also of interest in Magister's article is the reference to the foreword by Prof. Livi, who, although Sandro did not mention it there, is in fact, and in addition to his teaching duites, a priest of Opus Dei...

    Funny that I just bought a copy of "Iota Unum" over the weekend.

  3. Yes indeed. I went to Amazon and picked up a copy of "Iota Unum" for $17.00. I hope it's a long, dense, complicated read (since I know most of the answers already!). I'm in the mood to be challanged.

    Also, I feel bound to point out that the Philadelphian seems to be chaffing a bit under the liklihood or even the possibility that the Motu Proprio will come on one of the Feasts of St Pius V. Either the new date, or the old "for those a bit behind."

    In reality he only thinks we're behind because he's facing the wrong way, bent over double, looking at the world upside down and backwards. We're actually about forty years out in front of him.

  4. Anonymous4:22 PM

    How funny! I've just spent the last week off work ill in bed and reading Iota Unum...

    Perhaps this shows that "Great Thaw" truly is beginning to kick in and we may now look more critically at the documents of Vatican II and the actions of Paul VI without being accused of being "schismatic".

  5. This is perhaps a further progression in the right direction.

    It is becoming clearer and clearer that at least certain churchmen are realizing that the Vatican II documents are not irreformable.

  6. Anonymous8:11 PM

    Prof. Livi is Dean of Faculty of Philosophy at Pontifical University of Lateran

  7. This is a particularly important bit of "inteligence" which signals the pendulum finally swung to the endpoint of its modernist swing. It is starting back. It won't perhaps go all the way back, nor will it happen quickly.
    But this is another indication that 40 years in the wilderness is enough and the pendulum has changed direction. I think I am not too old to see many profound young priests in seminaries over the next decade.

  8. Anonymous9:39 PM

    This is a very welcome signal from the Vatican.
    Time was only 3 years ago that not only was Amerio's books and thought anathema, but so was ANY negative commentary about Vatican II. Also off limits was any talk of a wider use of the Tridentine Latn Mass.
    Progressives, radicals, femminist Catholics, as well as the new-Conservatives were welcome in the Church, but not traditionalists, nor brilliant philosophers such as Amerio (or Dietrich von Hilldebrad)
    Time was that the neo-Conservatives at EWTN would brand anyone who even mentioned the Tridentine Latin Mass as a schismatic. How times change. A new Pope, and an increasingly new attitude....for the better.
    When the Motu Proprio comes out in a week or two, faithful Catholics will rejoice. And the writings of Amerio will be vindicated....if they have not been already by this very positive review by the Vatican.

  9. Hebdo,
    If you are "in the mood to be challanged" -- Iota Unum is the book to do the trick.

    I might be a simpleton, but this book was one of the most challenging -- and satisfying -- reads of my life.

    I probably learned more about Catholicism by reading this book than from any other source, with the possible exception of the Catholic Dictionary!

  10. Anonymous1:52 PM

    O.K. guys,

    I'll c,h,a,l,l,E,n,g,e some of you to a spelling contest. :-)


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