Unconditionality in a Crusade
by Plinio Corrêa de OliveiraWhat is unconditionality when it comes to a Crusade?
It consists in having clearly in mind that the Crusade had a supreme end because it aimed at the liberation of all those [Catholics] languishing under the domination of Mohammedan infidels, disturbed in their practice of the true Faith, marrying Muslims and being perverted to a false faith, forbidden to have a Catholic formation and the Catholic spirit. Catholic worship was reduced to such shameful conditions that one does not even know what to say. Above all, the Crusade was aimed at liberating the Holy Sepulcher of Our Lord Jesus Christ occupied by Mohammedans.
So, putting an end to the infidel’s domination, breaking it apart and crushing it to bits was a supreme goal of kings and peoples of that time. If this is so, and it is a supreme goal, then one needs to take this to its last consequences, sacrificing everything to fulfill this design. This is unconditionality.
One must overcome whatever difficulty, by any means, and make the Crusade triumph. Therefore, sacrificing advantages and privileges inherent to self-love is absolutely fundamental for the Crusade to win.
This applies point by point to the struggle of the Counter-Revolution to crush the Revolution. It is a Crusade! A Crusade that has not been waged at the tip of a spear but is just as well-deserving as the Crusades of old, and even more so….
This is my law, my sword, and my cross! I will obey. I will obey in such a way that not only our Crusade will never lose ground but it will not lose even a minute on my account. I will go to the very end. And if I die before it reaches the end, I will die thinking of its victory.
Therefore, this unconditionality presupposes a very well established hierarchy of values and a great firmness to maintain it. That which is supreme deserves everything; and because of it we will sacrifice everything!
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