ACERBO NIMIS PDF
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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This, however, was not considered enough. It is much easier to find a preacher capable of delivering an eloquent and elaborate discourse than a catechist who can nimiis a catechetical instruction which is praiseworthy in every detail. And yet Pope Pius IX teaches: It is hard to find words to describe how profound is the darkness in which they are engulfed and, what is most deplorable of all, how tranquilly they repose there…We are forced to agree with those who hold that the chief cause of the present indifference and, as it were, infirmity of soul, and the serious evils that result from it, is to be found above all in ignorance of things divine.
How many there are, alas, not only among the young, but among adults and those advanced in years, who know nothing of the chief mysteries of faith; who on hearing the name of Christ can only ask? It is a common complaint, unfortunately too well founded, that there are large numbers of Christians in our own time who are entirely ignorant of those truths necessary for salvation.
But their labor presupposes labor of another kind, that of the catechist.
Furthermore, there is always some hope for a reform of perverse conduct so long as the light of faith is not entirely extinguished; but if lack of faith is added to depraved morality because of ignorance, the evil hardly admits of remedy, and the road to ruin zcerbo open.
And on the other hand, how necessary and how beneficial is religious instruction! 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 nimiis the hairs of the head.
With a very special zeal, on every day in Lent and, if necessary, on the days following Easter, they shall instruct with the use of apt illustrations and exhortations the youth of both sexes to receive their first Communion in a holy manner. What We have said so far demonstrates the supreme importance of religious instruction. 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 both will fall into the pit.
There can be no doubt, Venerable Brethren, that this most important duty rests upon all who are pastors of souls. So if these people wish to use Pope St.
First it should be noted that this is the famous encyclical on catechetical instruction from which this pope is often quoted. Also crass ignorance, not invincible ignorance is mentioned here, and this term crass means grossly negligible ignorance, where no lack of means and intellectual ability exist, making the act fully culpable.
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 to the children of the parish, and inculcate obedience to God and wcerbo their parents. The intellect itself is this guide, which need not be sought elsewhere, but is provided by nature itself.
Clearly he is addressing those intended in Holy Scripture where it reads, that to whom much is given, much is expected. Stanfill Benns This text may be downloaded or printed out for private reading, but it may not be uploaded to another Internet site or published, electronically or otherwise, without express written permission from the author.
Acerbo nimis and invincible ignorance
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. While we believe that those living today are more justified in claiming invincible ignorance than ever before, owing to the absence of a readily visible Church and its infallible head, we refuse to extend nimks any further than the popes themselves did.
Hay, so often wrongfully quoted as favoring the rigorist interpretation of no salvation outside the Church, died decades before the reign of Pope Pius IX; in his time the question of invincible ignorance was still niimis for debate.
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. Would to God that facts did not too abundantly prove the contrary!
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This is precisely the reason we refuse to debate or tolerate in any way the heretical twaddle of the Feeneyites. And on the other hand, how necessary and how beneficial is religious instruction!
Pius X details in his encyclical, an ignorance especially rife among Traditionalists. 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.
There can be no doubt, Venerable Brethren, that this most important duty rests upon all who are pastors of souls. Since it is a fact that in these days adults need instruction no less than the young, all pastors and those 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.
As has been pointed out repeatedly in articles on this site, this can happen in three ways: It is indeed vain to expect a fulfillment of the duties of a Christian by one who does not even know them. On the contrary, the less educated the hearers, the more zeal and diligence must be used to adapt the sublime truths to their untrained minds; these truths, indeed, far surpass the natural understanding of the people, yet must be known by all – the uneducated and the cultured – in order that they may arrive at eternal happiness.
After this, he will use examples appropriately taken from the Holy Scriptures, Church history, and the lives of the saints – thus moving his hearers and clearly pointing out to them how they are to regulate their own conduct.
Nothing, surely, is more desirable, nothing more acceptable to Jesus Christ, the Savior of souls, Who testifies of Himself through Isaias: Thus their definitive teaching in this matter is accerbo be held superior to anything from the theologians which proceeded it.
Toughts on Tings Going beyond myself. Furthermore, there is always some hope for a reform of perverse conduct so long as the light of faith is not entirely extinguished ; but if lack of faith is added to depraved morality because of ignorance, the evil hardly admits of remedy, and the road to ruin lies open.
With their mouths they profess to accept what the Church has taught but their actions speak so loudly we cannot hear what they are saying.