April 14, 2016

Pope Pius XII on Modern Man's Greatest Sin

Pope Pius XII
Perhaps the greatest sin in the world today is that men have begun to lose the sense of sin. 
— Venerable Pope Pius XII

This quotation is part of Pope Pius XII's radio message to participants at the closing of the National Catechetical Congress of the United States in Boston. Here is the relevant paragraph from that address. 
Perhaps the greatest sin in the world today is that men have begun to lose the sense of sin. Smother that, deaden it — it can hardly be wholly cut out from the heart of man — let it not be awakened by any glimpse of the God-man dying on Golgotha's cross to pay the penalty of sin, and what is there to hold back the hordes of God's enemy from over-running the selfishness, the pride, the sensuality and unlawful ambitions of sinful man? Will mere human legislation suffice? Or compacts and treaties? In the Sermon on the Mount the divine Redeemer has illumined the path that leads to the Father's will and eternal life; but from Golgotha's gibbet flows the full and steady stream of graces, of strength and courage, that alone enable man to walk that path with firm and unerring step.
Pope Pius XII's message can be read in full here. Doing so will repay your effort, especially if you are a catechist.

1 comment :

top8305 said...

Is seems as though Pope Pius XII’s admonishment regarding losing the sense of sin reflected and manifest in Amoris Laetitia. Our Holy Father’s exhortation's reductionism of the culpability of irregular (adulterous) marriages sure seems like a certain blindness to sin.

Our Lord God qualified when He did (e.g. the Law of the Sabbath) and was definitive and without qualification at other times (i.e. Mt 5:31-32; Mk 10:11-12; Lk 16:18; cf. 1 Cor 7:10-17). It seems that Holy Scripture on this subject reduced the situation of divorced and remarried as far as it could be reduced, as it was already complicated and rationalized by God’s People (Deut 24:1-5; Mal 2:14-16).
Aren’t we going backwards in this, reverting to the same type of rationalization that our Lord Jesus Admonished? Could the indissolubility of marriage be further eroded by this reduction of culpability in irregular marriages?

Thank you, Father Butler, and may God Bless and Save us all.