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John Lamont said in July 18th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Thanks for this excellent review – but where are we to get the original texts of Triumph? Perhaps putting them online could be a project for the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny.

Unfortunately of course the liturgists and theologians that were needed were almost all in the ranks of the clergy, and hence unavailable for the project for various reasons. Catholic historians might have been more available; one wonders why they were lacking. One thinks for example of James Hitchcock, who was willing to go so far and no farther.

stuart chessman said in July 20th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Of course you are right – i realized it myself not long after I wrote those words. The only reason Triumph could emerge was precisely because its collaborators were NOT members of the clergy or otherwise incorporated into the official Catholic establishment. Any kind of questioning of Church policies in such circles was at that time unthinkable. That was especially so in the United States.

Jacob said in September 16th, 2014 at 10:15 am

Mr. Chessman, this is an excellent review. After reading the book after it came out, I have been following the reviews and it’s interesting how conservative reviewers are quick to set the tone by noting Bozell’s place in the movement beside Buckley, but then how he went off the rails with Triumph and then somehow redeemed himself in the end with his ‘saint-like’ behavior. I have yet to see a single /Catholic/ review of the book besides this one Unfortunately, for reasons you spell out, Bozell and Triumph occupy a Catholic no-man’s-land.

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