The Secret Story of a Cult Apologist
Massimo Introvigne, CESNUR and the Brazilian right-wing
organization, "Tradition, Family and Property" (T.F.P.)
By Miguel Martinez
July 14, 1998
CESNUR's Founder and Director
on television at Maurizio
"Canale 5", Italy, May
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The following document concerns the Italian
based organization, CESNUR, supposedly an objective resource on cults established
by the sociologist Massimo Introvigne. Actually, Introvigne does not have
a degree in sociology, but is a patent lawyer; nor is CESNUR an objective
resource: the organization is intimately linked to another organisation
called "Alleanza Cattolica". The ideology of the latter is entirely based
on the teachings of Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, a Brazilian extremist
and self-styled "prophet", founder of a "crusade" against agrarian reform
and "Communism" which openly calls for the implementation of a world-wide
"Christian" regime based on Medieval hierarchy and repression. This "crusade"
is called Tradition, Family and Property (TFP).
In the meantime, while waiting for the
Kingdom to come, this organization is happy to work together with the US
"New Right" around the world and around the clock.
Often accused of being a cult, T.F.P.
in 1985 started promoting the notions that CESNUR currently promotes -
that there is a worldwide "anti-cult conspiracy", manipulated by "psychiatrists
and Communists". In the same year, Massimo Introvigne - who had hitherto
been involved in entirely different questions - began to deal with "cults".
This text makes certain references to
Freemasonry, Opus Dei, Scientology and other organizations. This does not
imply any judgement on the nature of such organizations. Nor do I intend
to express any opinion on conservative or traditionalist Catholicism. I
know several conservative Catholics, with whom I disagree but whom I respect.
Having been personally attacked on Internet
by Introvigne, I feel I have the duty to reply.