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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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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. So if these people wish to use Pope St.
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. We ought, therefore, to do all 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.
There can be no doubt, Venerable Brothers, that this most important duty rests upon all those who are pastors of souls. How many and how grave are the consequences of ignorance in matters of religion! Because the Christian people expect from them knowledge of the divine law, and it was for that end that they were sent by God. 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 it any further than the popes themselves did.
It now rests with you to put it into prompt and complete execution in your respective dioceses, and by the power of your authority to see to it that these prescriptions of Ours be not neglected or, what amounts to the same thing, that they be not carried out carelessly or superficially. But this in Our opinion is a judgment based on nimiw and devoid of truth. I have never said that those who are not validly baptized are axerbo Church members.
It is indeed vain to expect the fulfillment of the duties of a Christian by one who does not even know them.
Now, if we cannot expect to reap a harvest when no seed has been planted, how can we hope to have a people with sound morals if Christian doctrine has not been imparted to them in due time? It is generally assumed that those receiving catechetical instruction are already baptized Catholics. The Nomadic Writer Freedom and adventure awaits us. First it should be noted that this is the famous encyclical on catechetical instruction from which this pope is often quoted.
The Thesis Whisperer Just like the horse whisperer – but with more pages. Catechetical instruction, on the other hand, plain and simple though it be, is the word of which God Himself speaks through the lips of the prophet Isaias: It shall not return to me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please and shall prosper in the things for which I sent it.
Acerbo nimis and invincible ignorance
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. This is fully in accord with what God Himself declared through the Prophet Osee: He should, in conclusion, earnestly exhort all present to dread and avoid vice and to practice virtue.
We do not think it necessary to set forth here the praises of such instruction or to point out how meritorious it is in God’s sight. 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.
Would to God that facts did not too abundantly prove the contrary!
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This erring will, blinded by its own evil desires, has need therefore of a guide to lead it back to the paths of justice whence it has so unfortunately strayed. Here, using the words of the Apostle Peter, We say, “According to the gift that each has received, administer it to one another averbo good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
It is, so to speak, bread broken for adults. These persons are found, we nimus 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 vain erudition, feel free to ridicule religion and to “deride whatever they do not know.
Secondly, in regard to what is written above, it is clear that Pope St. They rarely give thought to God, the Supreme Author and Ruler of all things, or to the aceebo of the faith of Christ. Whatever God does in this regard is a secret, and Pope Pius IX basically says it is none of our business. It is much easier to find a preacher capable of delivering an eloquent and elaborate discourse than a catechist who can impart a catechetical instruction which is praiseworthy in every detail.
The intellect itself is this guide, which need not be sought elsewhere, but is provided by nature itself. 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. We by no means wish to conclude that a perverse will and unbridled conduct may not be joined with a knowledge nimi religion.
Cursing and lying and killing and theft and adultery have overflowed: 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.
We are indeed aware that the work of teaching the Catechism is unpopular with many because as a rule it is deemed of little account and for the reason that it does not lend itself easily to the winning of public praise.
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.
Pius X speaks primarily of baptized non-Catholicsfor reasons explained below. Grace, the greatest of the helps for attaining eternal things, the Holy Sacrifice and the Sacraments by which we obtain grace, are entirely unknown to them.
Since it is a fact that in these days acerbl 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.
In each and every parish the society known as the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine is to be canonically established. In the larger cities, and especially where universities, colleges and secondary schools are located, let classes acerbp religion be organized to instruct in the truths of faith and in the practice of Christian life the youths who attend the public schools from which all religious teaching is banned.
This shall be carried out on all holy days of obligation, at such time as is most convenient for the people, but not during the nimls hour when the children are instructed, and this instruction must be in addition to the usual homily on the Gospel which acebro delivered at the parochial Mass on Sundays and holy nmiis. Christian teaching reveals God and His infinite perfection with far greater clarity than is possible by the human faculties alone.
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.
And when we mention Christians, We refer not only to the masses or to those in the lower walks of life — for these find some excuse for their ignorance in the fact that the demands of their harsh employers hardly leave them time to take care of themselves or of their dear ones — but We refer to those especially who do not lack culture or talents and, indeed, are possessed of abundant knowledge regarding things of the world but live rashly and imprudently with regard to religion.
If what We have just said is applicable to all priests, does it not apply with much greater force to those who possess the title and the authority of parish priests, and who, by virtue of their rank and in a sense by virtue of a contract, hold the office of pastors of souls?