- Paperback: 786 pages
- Publisher: Angelus Press; 2nd edition (March 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963903217
- ISBN-13: 978-0963903211
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.8 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
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Iota Unum: A Study of Changes in the Catholic Church in the Twentieth Century Paperback – March, 1996
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian
About the Author
The author: Romano Amerio (1905-1997) was a professor, teaching philosophy, Greek and Latin at the Academy of Lugano. He was appointed by his bishop as consultant to the Central Preparatory Commission to Vatican II and was a peritus for the Bishop of Lugano during the Council.
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I am glad to be parsing through this book, however, as I have shown, you have to concentrate to read it (I have a master's degree so I've done my fair share of technical reading and am comfortable doing so). This caveat aside, the payoff is wonderful. He is absolutely on point and will open your eyes. He clearly enunciates church teaching and brings very interesting insight into various events and teachings of the Church. I will say that there is a tacit philosophy lesson throughout the tome as well, since he brings a certain methodological process of deep thinking to his analysis which, as far as I have currently read, is consistent & very well grounded. He will define his terms exactingly before using them, adding great weight and precision to his arguments.
I will lastly say that this book is highly acclaimed by many influential clerics, not least of whom was Marcel Lefebvre. Mr. Amerio published his work independently of Lefebvre so for those of you who are scared of the SSPX, do not fear. I simply mention this link for those of you who find trust in the dear Bishop. My impression of the work, however, is that while it may ultimately back up much of Lefebvre's assertions about the church, it does so simply because the facts stand by themselves, as clearly articulated by Mr. Amerio.
At the end of the day, if you are looking to have your eyes opened by very well reasoned and cited analysis of the Church pre- & post-V2, this is a great place to start, as long as you're ready to dig in your heels. If you are looking for truly easy (light) reading on the topic, I would search elsewhere.
Romano Amerio (RIP) held a Ph.D. in philosophy, taught the Greco-Roman classics as a professor, and was a peritus at Vatican II. Unsurprisingly, Iota Unum, his master work, has an erudite, polished, encyclopedic style. The clarity and honesty of the work are obvious and so you feel confident you're reading an accurate portrayal of things as they truly were and are. Iota Unum covers numerous (probably all) facets of the post-conciliar debacle (Vatican II per se, catechesis, philosophy, liturgy, the sacraments, youth, schools, the crisis of the priesthood, etc).
For example, from Chapter XXXI, Work, Technology, and Contemplation: "Two ideas are contained in the Catholic concept of work, drawn from the Book of Genesis: the notion of mastery over the earth, and the notion of labor as a punishment and remedy for sin. In post-conciliar theology the first of these has been enormously developed, and the domination of the earth has been turned into a fundamental duty of the human race... [But] there is not a trace of glorification of work in Christ's preaching, which lifts the whole perspective towards the kingdom of heaven. [I]n comparison with that kingdom, the things of this world are so much refuse and dross.... The [post-conciliar Church's] lauding of work as the universal category for all man's spiritual activity is a moving back towards a theology that the New Testament left behind, when it firmly subordinated the conquest of the earth to the quest for the kingdom of heaven.... The depiction of Christ as a worker...is also a novelty.... In fact, the Gospel contains no evidence that Christ was ever a workman.... The ideas of a 'Gospel of Work' and of 'Christ the Worker' are therefore unjustified" [pp. 484-490].
The power of this great book is that it examines all aspects of post-Vatican II Catholicism and Catholic life. Not one improvement in any aspect of Catholicism or Catholic life or Catholic theology can be seen since Vatican II. Not one. Not one iota. Instead there has been total spectrum heresy.
Professor Amerio has done all Catholics a very great service with this book. The author's strengths are his honesty, his intellectual penetration, his elegant style, and his refusal to cast personal aspersions on arch-heretics like Kung and Paul VI; rather, the author simply focuses on their pronouncements and lets traditional Roman Catholic dogma and Thomistic logic do their work in unmasking the never-ending cavalcade of post-conciliar heresies and loopiness as the intellectually and morally bankrupt macabre spectacle they truly are.
If this topic interests you, see Liber accusationis in Paulum Sextum: To our Holy Father Pope Paul VI by the grace of God and the law of the church sovereign judge of all Christ's ... VI, on account of heresy, schism, and scandal.
"Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him."