Rorate Caeli

The Prophet - I
The miracle of the Church
amidst the flood of corruption of her members


Celebrating 100 years of
Editae Saepe,
the encyclical of Pope St.Pius X on St. Charles Borromeo

The Pope reminds all the faithful of our age of the miracle that is the Church, unblemished by the errors and sins of those who are within her ranks:

...God's goodness bears witness to the divinity of the Church. He makes her victorious in that painful battle against the errors and sins that creep into her ranks. Through this victory He verifies the words of Christ: "The gates of hell shall not prevail against it." In her day-to-day living He fulfills the promise, "Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world." Finally, He is the witness of that mysterious power of the other Paraclete (Who Christ promised would come immediately after His ascension into heaven), who continually lavishes His gifts upon her and serves as her defender and consoler in all her sorrows.
This is the Spirit Who will "dwell with you forever, the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him...he will dwell with you and be in you." The life and strength of the Church flows forth from this font. As the ecumenical Vatican Council teaches, this divine power sets the Church above every other society by those obvious notes which mark her "as a banner raised up among the nations."

In fact, only a miracle of that divine power could preserve the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, from blemish in the holiness of Her doctrine, law, and end in the midst of the flood of corruption and lapses of her members. Her doctrine, law and end have produced an abundant harvest. The faith and holiness of her children have brought forth the most salutary fruits. Here is another proof of her divine life: in spite of a great number of pernicious opinions and great variety of errors (as well as the vast army of rebels) the Church remains immutable and constant, "as the pillar and foundation of truth," in professing one identical doctrine, in receiving the same Sacraments, in her divine constitution, government, and morality.
This is all the more marvelous when one considers that the Church not only resists evil but even "conquers evil by doing good." She is constantly blessing friends and enemies alike. She is continually striving and ardently desiring to bring about the social and individual Christian restoration which is her particular mission in the world. Moreover, even her enemies benefit from it.
St. Pius X
May 26, 1910

8 comments:

Iosephus said...

"editae saepe" not "editae saepae"

New Catholic said...

Yes, certainly.

Banzai said...

This is something we often forget! We are all sinners in varying degrees, but are all offered salvation through the blood of Christ and his church.

Rick DeLano said...

Can we have a Pope like that? Please?

John McFarland said...

Note the quotation from St. John's gospel: The Holy Ghost will "dwell with you forever, the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him...he will dwell with you and be in you."

If the world cannot receive the Holy Ghost, then how can the conciliar Church consort with the world, not to convert those who are of the world, but to "dialogue" with the world?

Must this not grieve the Holy Ghost?

craig said...

Heh. I would love for one of the moderators here to dig out a similar quote from, say, Pius X, or Leo XIII, and post it but attribute it to Benedict XVI. It would be amusing to watch the commenters here dissect the quote to "prove" that Benedict has lost the gospel. (Or you could do the reverse -- take one of Benedict's quotes and attribute it to one of the 19th-century popes, and watch everyone declare "this is how real popes talk".)

It would be like the "Social Text" hoax of a few years ago (Google it sometime). A critic of postmodernism sent a deliberately nonsensical spoof of postmodernist writing to the academic journal "Social Text"; they peer-reviewed the paper and published it to accolades, until he announced how he had pwned them.

Rick DeLano said...

Craig: Alas, I think you need to go one level deeper with your op here. Try your very best, do exactly what you suggest. I would be extremely happy to find myself unable to detect a difference between an encyclical of Pope St. Pius X and one of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. I fear, however, that it might prove impossible to actually carry off the ruse. Don't get me wrong, I love our Holy Father Pope Benedict. He has the grace of state, and may God forbid that I should ever presume to judge my superior. But oooooohhhhhh how I miss the ringing, the certain, the crystal-clear affirmations of Pius! That is why I beg God- when we have been scourged sufficiently, can we have a Pope like that? Please?

John McFarland said...

Craig,

Let's suppose that you were to post a good-sized paragraph or two supposedly written by the Holy Father that was remininscent of, say, a paragraph or two of St. Augustine or St. Thomas or St. Francis de Sales or Dom Gueranger.

My first reaction would be utter amazement, because I'm literally not aware of having come across anything in the writings of Benedict/Josef that is reminiscent of anything in any traditional theologian or spiritual writer.

So my next question would be: let me see the context. Where did this come from?

But there would be no context, unless you tried to pretend that the work of some obscure traditional theologian or spiritual writer was the Pope's work; and such a work would be so far from the spirit and letter of the writings of Benedict/Josef that the fraud would be obvious.

Your whole conceit assumes that there really isn't a dime's worth of different between Benedict and (say) Augustine.

But in fact there's a profound difference.

Some people don't know enough to tell the difference. Some people refuse to admit the difference, even to themselves.

But some of us know the difference.

We criticize the Pope's writings and pronouncements because they are at best dangerous and at worst wrong, not because we dislike the Pope for some other reason (or no reason at all) and so go around multiplying quibbles to rationalize that dislike.

God exists for himself. Man exists for God, and for union with God, to the greater glory of God. The world is at odds with God, and so salvation requires battle with the world, not co-operation.

It would be difficult to find very much in the Holy Father's writings, whether before or after 2005, that reflects the sentiments of the preceding paragraph, and much that is at least implicitly at odds with that sentiment.

Now I can't force you to understand that.

But unless and until you understand that, you're flying blind.