On The Contrary
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What is a traditional Catholic? Solange Hertz explains: "Given the present state of society, at the polls he rarely finds a candidate to vote for in good conscience, but plenty against, thereby earning himself a reputation for irremediable contrariness on most any issue before the public. In casual conversation his is nearly always the minority opinion, especially if it was once held by the vast majority of educated people in the civilized world and never seriously contested until relatively recently... Offering the only positive remedy to the faltering social machinery, [traditional Catholicism] will appear negative at every level. Whatever reconstruction it proposes is labeled destruction. It is accused of undermining every hope for the future by wholesale retreat into the past when its only objective is to set things straight and get them running properly again."
Arguably the most outspoken traditional Catholic writer of the 20th century, Solange Hertz is one of the foremost defenders of Catholic tradition. In On the Contrary, Hertz tackles topics including the defamation of Christopher Columbus, sex, gender roles, masonry, Americanism, Pope John Paul II, and modern liturgical developments. Hertz's zeal will rub off on you as she vocalizes and outlines the fight that we as Catholics are all involved in.
An established writer before the Second Vatican Council, Solange Hertz wrote for most Catholic periodicals and had five books to her credit, one a selection of the Catholic Literary Foundation. When she refused to adjust her theology to the new “Spirit of Vatican II,” her manuscripts almost overnight became unacceptable to her former editors. After a series of articles on feminine spirituality for the old Triumph magazine, she continued speaking for tradition by successfully producing The Thought of Their Heart and Sin Revisited on her own.
In 1973 she began writing the Big Rock Papers, published privately throughout the next decade and the source of the highly acclaimed Star Spangled Heresy: Americanism, published in 1992. Currently her articles can be found in The Remnant, and abroad in Apropos, Christian Order and Action Familiale et Scolaire. Mrs. Hertz is universally regarded as one of traditional Catholicism’s foremost contemporary writers and lecturers.
Solange Hertz died on October 3, 2015 in Ashburn, VA. She was 95 years old. For more information on her life, visit http://solange.strikingly.com
Tumblar House has used excerpts from several of her books and turned them into articles for everyone to read in the Lounge. For a complete listing, click here.
Memorable Quotes by Solange Hertz
"Woman's vocation is a mystery. Woman is a mystery. She is mysterious not only to men, but especially to herself. Rather than face the mystery within themselves, many women prefer to live out their lives as second-rate, small-size men. It's unnatural, but it's easier." (Searcher of Majesty)
"Before long the Spaniards may be charged with setting back organ transplants 500 years by outlawing the Aztec practice of ripping out hearts from living donors. What an irreparable loss that their expertise, part of the great American heritage, was not transmitted to medical posterity!" (On The Contrary)
"Our initial gluttony is naturally followed by lust unless checked, for undue partaking of food normally leads to undue partaking of persons." (Sin Revisited)
"Before her final glorification, Holy Mother the Church may have much to suffer from her Popes, who like St. Peter, still look for ways out of their difficulties by applying political solutions to spiritual problems." (Beyond Politics)
Some choice excerpts from Women, Words, and Wisdom
About the vocation of the housewife: "...a housewife rooted in God distributes grace with the breakfast cereal, and her 'vow of stability' is the nexus of the home... She puts Aristotle into the language of the nursery and teaches moral theology while she relays current events."
About prayer: "Nothing so enlarges the confines of the home as praying in it."
About pride: "One of the most telling mortifications for proud souls... is being conventional."
About housecleaning: "It's the housewife's special little share in the Redemption to be able to atone for others' sins by washing others' clothes."
About saints: "They're the only people in the world who ever have any real fun."
About the house: "The house is the housewife's basic spiritual handbook."
About reading: "Unfortunately a lot of good reading, like virtue, gets a bad name because for some unaccountable reason it attracts the worst squares."