Today is the Feast of Pope St. Pius X, who took on the Modernists at a time when they had already begun their infiltration of the Church. Modernism, the synthesis of all errors, must be rightly understood before it can be fought. Helpfully, Pope Sarto laid it all out for us on 8 September 1907 in PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS. Folks, this encyclical was absolutely key to my own red pilling on what has happened in the Church and in the world. When I first read it, twenty years ago, it was like scales falling from my eyes.
You must read the whole thing, so the link is provided below. But here is part of his setup, from the second paragraph. Now, you are going to think to yourself, “Man, this sounds like it could have been written yesterday.” So remember, it was already this bad in 1907:
“The partisans of error are to be sought not only among the Church’s open enemies; they lie hid, a thing to be deeply deplored and feared, in her very bosom and heart, and are the more mischievous, the less conspicuously they appear. We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, nay, and this is far more lamentable, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, feigning a love for the Church, lacking the firm protection of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, vaunt themselves as reformers of the Church; and, forming more boldly into line of attack, assail all that is most sacred in the work of Christ, not sparing even the person of the Divine Redeemer, whom, with sacrilegious daring, they reduce to a simple, mere man.”
Like that time when antipope Bergoglio DENIED THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST?
So go read the whole thing. Learn the ways of your enemies. You will be horrified, but you won’t be disappointed.
Pope St. Pius X, pray for us.
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Did you notice (top left where website address appears) vatican.va is labeled “not secure” or some browsers show a padlock with a red line through it?
Right after my last microsoft update, the Livemass channel began to have a not secure where the address is also.
It may be worth a separate post on why Vatican has not upgraded its security despite repeated warnings by IT security firms and hacks from China.
I posted the PressReader link, rather than the direct Sunday Express link, because it reduces reading clutter.
In our narcissistic and puerile age that insists on instant glorification of self and that each impulse be substantiated and gratified immediately like petulant children, we often hear the idiotic shouts of “santo subito” or, even worse, trying to tag JPII with the title “the Great.” Infuriating.
In a sane Church run by mature, holy men such designations could only be bestowed very deliberately, thoughtfully, and in patience.
Everyone to some degree cannot help but be a creature of their time. Declaring Sainthood, and most certainly declaring a Pope “Great” if done by one’s contemporaries, or even contemporaries once or twice removed, is meaningless and even destroys the very designations themselves.
As we move further in time away from this Holy Pope St. Pius X our view comes more and more into focus and we can see ever more clearly, in ways that his contemporaries could not, how important this Pope was to the Church and to souls.
In the future, maybe after all of us have long passed to our judgment, the Church will look back on the modernist heresy, the “synthesis of all heresies” to quote Pope St. Pius X, after she has successfully defeated and buried it as she does all heresies, and conclude that this holy man, this Saint, this Pope, is deserving of the title, “the Great.” May it be God’s will.
Pope St. Pius X, warrior against the synthesis of all heresies: modernism, ora pro nobis!
When I was a lad of seventeen I spied a copy of PASCENDI in the apartment – it was the first major Church document I ever read – as I recall, it made sense.