A View From Rome: On the Eve of the Modernist Crisis by David G. Schultenover

By David G. Schultenover

The underlying rivalry of this examine is that, on account that Catholic Modernism used to be outlined no longer via the so-called modernists yet via the anti-modernists, to appreciate it one needs to comprehend the anti-modernist (or integralist) brain. Schultenover argues that, on account that Catholic Modernism was once outlined no longer via modernists yet via the anti-modernists, to appreciate it one needs to comprehend the anti-modernist (or integralist) mind.

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And Viscount Louis Gabriel Ambroise de Bonald (1754-1840) virtually absolutized the value of a monarchic social order with his contention that the king could not be deposed under any circumstances. For him Roman Catholicism under a Catholic monarch meant order; and Protestantism, disorder. There were, to be sure, outstanding Catholics who believed that their faith and political democracy were not mutually exclusive among them, Félicité Robert de Lamennais (1782-1854), Lacordaire, and Montalembert.

The onset of Martín's fatal illness was marked by an attack of influenza on 28 November 1904 and a fever that stayed with him off and on to the end. The first sarcoma appeared on his right forearm on 14 or 15 January 1905 and was surgically removed on 20 January. On 14 February a second sarcoma erupted higher up the arm and was removed on 17 February. In both surgeries Martin refused anesthesia. Only when his arm had finally to be removed, on 9 April 1906, did he consent to anesthesia. Chandlery chronicled the course of Martín's battle against cancer and sent the following reports to LN: "Father General's Illness," LN 28 (April 1905) 73-82; "Father General's Recent Illness," LN 28 (July 1905) 169-70; "Father General's Convalescence," LN 28 (October 1905) 217-19; "Fatal Termination to Very Rev.

To the outsider, the ensuing campaign would seem often to violate the principles of Christian morality, as unsuspecting preachers and professors were summarily removed from posts without explanation or opportunity of defense. However, when one enters into the perception of the framers of the condemnation of modernism, one realizes that their response was proportional and appropriate to the danger perceived and, as will be seen, quite within the framework of Mediterranean morality. The logic of the condemnation seemed to go like this: Modern society, at least from the onset of the French Revolution, was in a disastrous state especially for Catholicism because of its alignment with the embattled ancien régime.

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