April 17, 2016

Pope Saint Pius X on the Teaching of Jesus Christ

St. Pius X
It is an error to believe that Christ did not teach a determined body of doctrine applicable to all times and to all men, but rather that He inaugurated a religious movement adapted, or to be adapted, to different times and different places.
Saint Pius X's quotation comes from Lamentabili sane exitu (With truly lamentable results) a 1907 syllabus, prepared by the Holy Office and confirmed by Pope St. Pius X, which condemned errors in the exegesis of Holy Scripture and in the history and interpretation of dogma. It echoes Saint Thomas Aquinas' contention in the Summa Theologica that Christ is the Exemplar par excellence of how we ought to live. Lamentabili sane exitu preceded the more comprehensive encyclical Pascendi dominici gregis (Feeding the Lord's flock), promulgated later that year, in which Pope St. Pius X further condemned Modernism.

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