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Philip said in July 24th, 2010 at 10:37 am

I know from personal experience that Thomas Molnar was a member of Una Voce in the US around 1970, when it was founded by Dr. McManemin with the patronage of Dietrich von Hildebrand.
I would be interested in knowing what Dr. Molnar's evaluation of Joseph Ratzinger was.
Philip Martin

R J said in July 25th, 2010 at 1:43 am

I am bitterly sorry to learn this. How well I recall Dr. Molnar's courageous prose (not least on the subject of white Africa's embattled civilization) in National Review, during that magazine's long-departed glory days.

Anonymous said in July 25th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I've used Professor Molnar's writings in papers devoted to curriculum studies in the '90's. His insights were profound and stimulating.

Anonymous said in July 26th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Thank you for this fine obituary. His influence over me began with his article in the “New Oxford Review, circa 1977 or ’78,” titled “The New Inquisition” and aimed straight at Paul VI and much more importantly at his antecedents, after which I became his correspondent. He hit a nerve when he pointed to Thelema and Rabelais as ultimate sources for the Paulus Sixtus insanity. His seminal work which should be studied is “Utopia: The Perennial Heresy.”

I am too controversial a figure in Catholic circles to sign my name to this brief tribute (lest they play me rather than recall Dr. Molnar).

Requiscat in Pacem.

bcgilmore said in July 27th, 2010 at 2:35 am

Sincere thanks for this notice on Thomas Molnar, and for the inspiring obituary. May he rest in the love of the Holy Family, and may his loved ones be consoled. Apart from finding and reading his Decline of the Intellectual in a Catholic library many years ago, I have barely heard a word of him since; but I have often had occasion to recall the Catholic sanity of his book. I shall now try to find other writings of his, since I sense that they may help me to understand many aspects of the post-fifties Catholic world that I find increasingly disturbing – aspects that are constantly broached by Traditional journals, but then, as it seems, are shied away from : almost in the sense of what Hamish Fraser called "a form of traditionalist humanism", whereby (if I understand him correctly) certain admirable undertakings come to nothing because they contain the diabolical seed (which afflicts us all, God help us) of self-regard.

Balazs Mezei said in July 29th, 2010 at 12:15 am

Dr. Molnar dictated his memoirs during his last months of life. There are some remarks on Card. Ratzinger in the text. Molnar depicts Ratzinger as a European person, a philosopher with a keen intellect and a deep understanding of post-Communist Eastern Europe (where Dr. Molnar was to take up a teaching position at the time of his two meetings with the then cardinal, now pope Ratzinger). I remember Dr. Molnar mentions that the cardinal was not a very friendly person, although a genuine scholar.

Arcadi Nebolsine said in July 30th, 2010 at 7:01 am

Arcadi Nebolsine

Concerning Professor Thomas Molnar in memoriam:

I lament an old friend and a great religious philosopher and elegant author of many works. I always admired his brilliance and his humour. There was something 18th century about it since he was an effective foe of the French Revolution and other succeeding revolutions and its consequences in 20th century modernism and "Americanism" (not America!).

I will never forget though, the way he pronounced the word "democracy" in derogation, making a face, referring to the dominance of mass-man. He was what Berdiaev would call a "spiritual aristocrat" and one of the great Christian thinkers of the 20th century.

A strong proponent of Tradition, he condemned the Vatican II excesses and pseudo-seriousness and sheer sillines. He was the best of Mittel-Europa, very much continental and an inveterate foe of Communism. He lent distinction to William Buckley's National Review. His opposition to Modernism extended to the arts and architecture–for instance in the sadly failed attempts to save Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.

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