March 8, 2011


The heresy that threatens the Church, in our time, is “worldliness.”

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 465


  1. The original Spanish is:

    La herejía que amenaza a la Iglesia, en nuestro tiempo, es el “terrenismo.”

  2. The word that is translated here as "worldliness" is terrenismo in the original Spanish. This word does not appear in any dictionary that I consulted (including that of the Real Academia Española) and is, as far as I can tell, a term coined by Gómez Dávila. It comes from the word terrenal, which means "of this earth," and which is defined in opposition to what is of heaven.