Saturday, June 12, 2010
Professor Orlando Fedeli dead
Professor Orlando Fedeli, President of Montfort Cultural Association, died in Sao Paulo this week. He recently finished writing an amazing book called "No país das maravilhas: a Gnose burlesca da TFP e dos Arautos do Evangelho." published in the Montfort website. Fedeli was an extraordinary writer with a solid knowledge of the Catholic doctrine.
I never met Professor Fedeli but I've met Dr. Plinio Correa de Oliveira - one of the subjects of his book. Dr. Plinio impressed me as brilliant mind but also endowed with a rich imagination full of romance (perhaps a brazilian character treat). According to Fedeli many of Correa de Oliveira's personal accounts were inventions. He also called Correa de Oliveira a "thomist-romantic-tropicalist" to stress the point of the heterodox thomism and catholicism of the TFP founder. He critized the cult of personality within the TFP towards Dr. Plinio and his mother spreaded by his personal valet Joao Scognamiglio Cla Dias now head of "Arautos of the Gospel", the brazilian catholic movement which followed the defunct TFP.
The book can be read here