By David G. Schultenover
The underlying rivalry of this research is that, when you consider that Catholic Modernism used to be outlined now not via the so-called modernists yet through the anti-modernists, to appreciate it one needs to comprehend the anti-modernist (or integralist) brain. Schultenover argues that, considering Catholic Modernism was once outlined now not through modernists yet by means of the anti-modernists, to appreciate it one needs to comprehend the anti-modernist (or integralist) mind.
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Of the four figures mentioned here, only Merry del Val's Mediterranean status might be in dispute, for indeed he was born and spent his first twelve and two later years in England. But the identification and association of his family with Spain was long-standing and intimate. His father, Rafael senior, was a Spanish marquis and spent his entire adult life in the Spanish diplomatic service, first as secretary to the Spanish legation in London, then as ambassador until 1877, when he became Spanish minister in Belgium; in 1885 he became ambassador to the Austro-Hungarian empire; and from 1898 to 1903 ambassador to the Vatican where his son was serving in various capacities.
From 1902 until late November 1904 when his fatal illness first appeared, he probably worked at his memoirs only sparingly, if at all. 8 Given his open and confessionary stance, it is most regrettable from the historian's viewpoint that Martín did not live long enough to retrospect the crucial years of the modernist crisis. But what we do get is a privileged perspective on the all-important background to the modernist crisis, as well as to several other not-unconnected ecclesiastico-political crises the Spanish-American War, for example seen through the eyes of one of the key figures of fin-de-siècle European and ecclesiastical history.
He saw little hope for a return to the medieval polity of christianitas his every effort to regain temporal power through political channels and alliances had so far failed. 14 This goal he figured to prosecute by sidestepping refractory heads of states and appealing directly to the people. It was a forced option. Thus, in that same year Leo addressed Au milieu des sollicitudes directly to the French people and, in a significant gesture, used the French language. He appealed not to Catholics alone but to "all upright and intelligent Frenchmen" to rally behind their legitimate government for the sake of peace.
A View From Rome: On the Eve of the Modernist Crisis by David G. Schultenover