Pandemic Reaction Is a ‘Horrifying Illustration’ of the ‘Diabolical Disorientation’ Accompanying Ravages of Modernity

Pandemic Reaction Is a ‘Horrifying Illustration’ of the ‘Diabolical Disorientation’ Accompanying Ravages of Modernity

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Edward Pentin | April 5, 2020

The respected Catholic historian John Rao has written the following incisive reflection on the coronavirus pandemic which places much of the current disturbing situation in context.

“The more the panic grows, the more uplifting the image of a man who refuses to bow to the terror” — Ernst Jünger

For many years, Dr. Rao, who is associate professor of history at St. John’s University in New York City, has run the Roman Forum which was founded in 1968 by Professor Dietrich von Hildebrand as a means of defending Catholic doctrine and culture following internal Church disputes over Humanae vitae.

These lectures, which now take place in Gardone, Italy, and New York City, have become increasingly popular. The Forum is now in its 28th year.

Professor Rao wrote the following May 4 message to members of the Roman Forum and has kindly given permission for it to be published:

The more the panic grows, the more uplifting the image of a man who refuses to bow to the terror” — Ernst Jünger

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