Few Catholic traditionalists have the kind of background Robert Phillips has. A professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, he holds a degree from Oxford and has contributed to a wide variety of respected scholarly publications having nothing to do with Church politics or, indeed, with theology of any sort. Significant Phillips essays have appeared in books beside those of liberal icons like Noam Chomsky, or in magazines like Christian Century or Ethics and International Affairs. Which makes his views on the Church and the Mass since Vatican II all the more valuableand exceptionally useful to traditionalists who need allies from the "outside." Fluidly and brilliantly, Phillips outlines the case against the New Church, deftly invoking remarks by Catholic influentials like Pope Benedict himself.
Sampling of book chapters and themes:
Feminism and the Denial of Providence. Emphasis on enemy inroads into the Church as well as the arts and sciences Terrorism: Historical Root and Moral Justifications. It's all linked to the suicidal decline of the Christian West, Dr. Phillips shows Communitarianism, the Vatican, and the New Global Order. What a tangled web New Rome has weaved... Pluralism and the Attack on the Catholic Church. Liberal society and its effects within In every page, Prof. Phillips spells out, as he puts it, how... "...it is a clear work of Divine Providence that is slowly calling the Church back to the pristine orthodoxy of the Council of Trent, of the First Vatican Council, and the many farsighted papal encyclicals of the 19th and early 20th centuries. I see this happening especially among the young and recently ordained priests." His repeated notes of encouragement and hope inspired Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro to call Dr. Phillips's volume, "Some of the most valuable post-Vatican II writing by any traditionalist observer. His credentials as an author and commentator are solid, and his approach to the crisis in the Church makes Robert Phillips a leading force for constructive reform. Moreover, his much-underrated pieces on the post-Christian social crisis of the West make this book essential reading all by themselves."
"Filled with fresh insights into old questions. Thus it contains quite an important chapter on Pope Pius XII and the posthumous attacks that have been visited upon that great pontiff....My favorite essay in this book is 'Deconstructing the Mass.' Here Professor Phillips gives the reader a crash course in what has happened to philosophy over the past few centuries, and how it relates to the liturgical reform of the 1960s." Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Latin Mass
Last Things First: A Traditionalist Surveys The Wreckage of Vatican II
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