True Democracy Is Not Incompatible with Monarchy

June 20, 2011

 

British House of Commons, drawing from 1834.

In his 1944 Christmas message Pius XII says:

“Democracy, taken in the broad sense, admits of various forms, and can be realized in monarchies as well as in republics….

“The democratic state, be it monarchical or republican, should, like any form of government, be entrusted with the power to command with real and effective authority.”

 

Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites in the Allocutions of Pius XII: A Theme Illuminating American Social History (York, Penn.: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, 1993), Appendix IV, p. 395.

 

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