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St. Pius X was also frequently concerned with Catholic education and doctrine, and thus, through the encyclical Acerbo Nimis, he mandated a sort of catechism. : On The Teaching Of Christian Doctrine: Acerbo Nimis ( ) by Pope Pius X and a great selection of similar New, Used and . Get this from a library! Acerbo nimis: encyclical letter of Pope Pius X on the teaching of Christian doctrine, April 15, [Pius, Pope; Catholic Church.

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Acerbo Nimis (April 15, ) | PIUS X

First we must remember that Bp. So too, the Christian, born again of water and the Holy Spirit, has faith within him, but he requires the word of the teaching Church to nourish and develop it and to make it bear fruit. MoralsI, 17, cap. Christian teaching reveals God and His infinite perfection with far greater clarity than is possible by the human faculties alone.

Stanfill Benns on October 26, at 4: It is indeed vain to expect a fulfillment of the duties of a Christian by one who does not even know them. This is precisely the reason we refuse to debate or tolerate in any way the heretical twaddle of the Feeneyites. And since this can happen in the case of a Protestant who is not validly baptized, although he believes such baptism is valid, baptism of desire necessarily comes into play. And even this as too often happens only nimks the dying man is not so sinfully ignorant as to look upon the ministration of the priest as useless, and then calmly faces the fearful passage to eternity without making his peace with God.

Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Immaculate Virgin, may your diligent efforts be made accerbo by the Apostolic Blessing which, in token of Our affection and as a pledge of heavenly favors, We wholeheartedly impart to you and to your clergy and people. These persons are found, we deem it necessary to repeat, not merely among the poorer classes of the people or in sparsely settled districts, but also among those in the higher walks of life, even, indeed, among those puffed up with learning, who, relying upon a nimmis erudition, feel free to ridicule religion… …What We have said so far demonstrates the supreme importance of religious instruction.

Since it is a fact that in these days adults need instruction no less than the young, all pastors and aceerbo having the care of souls shall explain the Catechism to the people in a plain and simple style adapted to the intelligence of their hearers.

Rejection of the papacy and the championing of external religion has been the most prominent feature all Traditionalists share, and the Feeneyites are no exception.

True enough, when we are baptized in Christ, the habit of faith is given, but this most divine seed, if left entirely to itself, by its own power, so to speak, is not like the mustard seed which “grows up. Why else even admit that there could be baptism of desire which the Feeneyites so fiercely deny?


Acerbo nimis and invincible ignorance

In fact this author has long complained of the very ignorance Pope St. This we see clearly stated in the Council of Trent, both in reference to the sacrament of regeneration and in reference to the nimos of Penance.

They are mistaken who think that because of inexperience and lack of training of the people the work of catechizing can be performed in a slipshod fashion. Would to God that facts did not too abundantly prove the contrary! A man who walks with open eyes may, indeed, turn aside from the right path, but a blind man is in much more imminent danger of wandering away.


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Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. But it seems to Vs, Venerable Brethren, that while we should not overlook other considerations, We are forced to agree with those who hold that the chief cause of the present indifference and, as it were, infirmity caerbo soul, and the serious evils that result from it, is to be found above all in ignorance of things divine. He should, in conclusion, earnestly exhort all present to dread and avoid vice and to practice virtue.

They are surely to be commended for their zeal, but how many are there who read these works and take from them a fruit commensurate with the labor and intention of the writers? It is a guide, though, that, if it lack its companion light, the knowledge of divine things, will be only an instance of the blind leading the blind so that aceerbo will fall into the pit. Cursing and lying and killing and theft and adultery have overflowed: Even when for some reason or other they avoid sensual pleasures, they nevertheless entertain evil thoughts without the least scruple, thereby multiplying their sins above the number of the nimsi of the head.

The Council provided for the instruction of youth by adding that the pastors, either personally or through others, must explain the truths of religion at least on Sundays and feast days jimis the children of the parish, and inculcate obedience to God and to their parents. Constitution, Etsi minime Ni,is fine, Christian teaching not only bestows on the nimus the light by which it attains truth, but from it our will draws that ardor by which we are raised up to God and joined with Him in the practice of virtue.

Nor is that all.

On them, by command of Christ, rest the obligations of knowing and of feeding the flocks committed to their care; and to feed implies, first of all, to teach. This site uses cookies.

But this in Our opinion is a judgment based on vanity and devoid of truth. We must now consider upon whom rests the obligation to dissipate this most pernicious ignorance and to impart in its stead the knowledge that is wholly indispensable.


Only certainly validly baptized Catholics returning to the Church in the required manner after recanting their heresy and schism may be counted as true members. But We do maintain that the will cannot be upright nor the conduct good when the mind is shrouded in the darkness of crass ignorance. These are very important distinctions. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

On them, by command of Christ, rest the obligations of knowing and of feeding the flocks committed to their care; and to feed implies, first of all, to teach. At certain times throughout the year, they shall prepare boys and girls to receive properly the Sacraments of Penance and Confirmation, by a continued instruction over a period of days.

At this very troublesome and difficult time, the hidden designs of God have conducted Our poor strength to the office of Supreme pastor, to rule the entire flock of Christ. Toughts on Tings Going beyond myself. Pius X speaks primarily of baptized non-Catholicsfor reasons explained below. We ought, therefore, to do xcerbo that lies in our power to maintain the teaching of Christian doctrine with full vigor, and where such is neglected, to restore it; for in the words of Our Predecessor, Benedict XIV, “There is nothing more effective than catechetical instruction to spread the glory of God and to secure the salvation of souls.

Those who cannot obey what they have taught on faith, without questioning the decisions they made long ago, have no right to challenge anything said here, for they long ago ceased to be Catholic. Nothing, surely, is more desirable, nothing more acceptable to Jesus Christ, the Savior of souls, Who testifies of Himself through Isaias: The truly remarkable dignity of man as the son of the heavenly Father, acerrbo Whose image he is formed, and with Whom he is destined to live in eternal happiness, is also revealed only by the doctrine of Jesus Christ.

Here, using the words of the Apostle Peter, We say, “According to the gift that each has received, administer it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. You have doubtless accomplished many useful and most praiseworthy works in your respective dioceses for the good of the flock entrusted to your care, but before all else, and with all possible zeal and diligence and care, see to it and urge on others that the knowledge of Christian doctrine pervades and imbues fully and deeply nimia minds of all.


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