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AN ARTICLE OF ROBERTO de Mattei ABOUT LOTS OF ROME
Not knowing the history means not knowing who we are, where we come from and from what we projected. Not knowing the history means not to know our being, with the serious risk of prejudice so our becoming future. This is the warning contained in Roberto de Mattei
Dear Father Ariel.
I want to alert you an article by Prof. Roberto de Mattei on Correspondence Romana, because it is an article that I was deeply impressed and would like to know what do you think. In the past, you have also debated so on with this Professor, but I do not think that affects much his judgment.
I never ceased to estimate the Prof. Roberto de Mattei, What I have said many times especially when I moved towards him all of the criticism focused on purely doctrinal, historical-pastoral or ecclesial. Then know that as long as he struggles to say that it is always alive in the deepest sense of the word and Christian. I believe in fact that they belong, together with the Dominican John Cavalcoli, the tradition of “warriors”, of the “wrestlers”. War e lotte, Our le, certainly not inspired by the gladiatorial arenas, but the genuine tradition of the Church Fathers; War e lotte that took place in those centers of philosophical and theological debate, in which often the fathers came to the use of hands, sometimes even to the use of sticks, or to blunt instruments of various shapes. It is in fact happened several times throughout history and in the Assizes of the great dogmatic councils intervene soldiers set at the head outside the great hall, promptly rushed to divide the bishops who animated in their discussions eventually unleash furious fights between them.
Times were really beautiful, those! Ancòra not prevailed today's clerical-correct I had to say and not to say, for suggesting so “wisely” ambiguous … let alone if the Fathers of the Church assembled in council to define the great dogmas had principiato by saying that the Son could be also one being with the Father, ma … a powder’ si e un po’ no, according to the various circumstances. O immaginiamo se avrebbero mai coniato una formula ibrida e ambigua per mettere d’accordo gli ariani coi Padri della Chiesa che accusavano Ario di eresia lanciando contro di lui fulmini e saette.
Together with dogmatic theology I always practiced the history of dogma, because in my opinion, without a solid historical dogma is likely to remain suspended between heaven and earth, or worse than change into something ethereal, in mere metaphysical intellectualism, while metaphysics must stand with my heart raised to the sky towards the heavenly Jerusalem but at the same time with his feet firmly on the ground in the Terrestrial Jerusalem.
The dogma is born by a precise history rooted in the Gospels that narrate an extraordinary event: the irruption of God in human history through the Mystery of the Word made man. And from this event narrated in the Gospels that is the beating heart of the deposit of our faith, part of our history.
Often known, instead, from many brother priests and many theologians a propensity to forget, or worse to not know their history. And those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it, When he had to say George Santayana [Madrid 1863 - Rome 1952], one of the masters of critical realism: "Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it" [cf. Reason in Common Sense].
The synthesis of Roberto de Mattei I think underlying this; a synthesis that arises, however, from his job, which is that of the historian.
The 2 of May, during a conference held in Rome at the Franciscans of the Immaculate [cf. WHO], during those talks very articulate had to lament that today "the story progresses so fast that sometimes it almost seems not to have ever had".
Not knowing the history it means not knowing who we are, where we come from and from what we projected. Not knowing the history means not to know our being, with the serious risk of prejudice so our becoming future. This is the warning contained in Roberto de Mattei, that follows a precise scientific rigor.
A nice article and shareable thank you for letting us know that and gladly point out to our readers in time’Patmos Island.
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