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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From this very dignity, and from man’s knowledge of it, Christ showed that men should love one another as brothers, and should live here mimis become children of light, “not of revelry and drunkenness, not in debauchery and wantonness, not in strife and jealousy. 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.
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.
This same Christian teaching also commands us to honor God by faith, which is of the mind, by hope, which is of the will, by love, which is of the heart; and thus the whole man is subjected to the supreme Maker and Acerbi of all things.
And even this as too often happens only when 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. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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.
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They are surely to be commended for their zeal, but how many are there who read nimus works and take from them a fruit commensurate with the labor and intention of the writers? There can be ni,is doubt, Venerable Brethren, that this most important duty rests upon all who are pastors of souls. But it is important to make distinctions where this teaching is concerned, since so many have fallen into error for failing to do this.
This we see clearly stated in the Council of Trent, both in reference to the sacrament of regeneration and in reference to the sacrament of Penance. So if these people wish to use Pope St. 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.
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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: Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.
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. They have no conception of the malice and baseness of sin; hence they show no anxiety to avoid sin or to renounce it.
Outside the Church means outside the doctrinal boundaries set for us by the popes and councils. Pius X speaks primarily of baptized non-Catholicsfor reasons explained below. No matter what natural facility a person may have in ideas and language, let him always remember that he will never be able to teach Christian doctrine to children or to adults without first giving himself to very careful study and preparation.
Disordered by the stain of the first sin, and almost forgetful of God, its Author, it improperly turns every affection to a love of vanity and deceit. 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 vain erudition, feel free to ridicule religion… …What We have said so far demonstrates the supreme importance of religious instruction.
The catechetical instruction shall be based on the Catechism of the Council of Trent; and the matter is to be divided in such a way that in the space of four or five years, treatment will be given to the Apostles’ Creed, the Sacraments, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer and the Precepts of the Church. 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.
On every Sunday and holy day, with no exception, throughout the year, all parish priests and in general all those having the care of souls, shall instruct the boys and girls, for the space of an hour from the text of the Catechism on those things they must believe and do in order to attain salvation. 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.
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.
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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.
Acerbo nimis and invincible ignorance
The Thesis Acervo Just like the horse whisperer – but with more pages. We do not, however, wish to give the impression that this studied simplicity in imparting instruction does not require labor and meditation – on the contrary, it demands both more than any other kind of preaching.
All this becomes evident on a little reflection.