Rorate Caeli

Celebrating the Humble Pope

The Cardinal-Patriarch in a pastoral journey 
in the Bassano del Grappa area, Aug. 1901

L'Osservatore Romano, the official daily of the Holy See, has special articles today on the 99th anniversary of the death of Saint Pius X, "L'unico parroco che divenne Papa", 'The only parish priest to become a Pope', with two further articles on Holy Pope Sarto - in Italian, in the central pages (4-5) of OR, Aug. 21 issue.

27 comments:

David L Alexander said...

Wasn't John Paul II a parish priest early on?

New Catholic said...

Probably never a parish priest (pastor), like many others he had parish assignments - after returning from Rome, for a year, and then in Krakow already with some parish duries while at the same time in the Jagiellonian. In any event, send questions and complaints to L'Osservatore.

Eugene said...

Of course, the article in OR has to mention with benevolent disdain that St. Pius X was too hard on Modernism... How enlighted of them!

David L Alexander said...

NC:

You've answered my question, and I have no complaints. Thanks.

DLA

New Catholic said...

Well, Eugene, it says it (the struggle against it itself) can be the object of debate, and it certainly can.

Fr. Shannon Collins said...

I wonder if there will be a special Year of Pope St. Pius X in 2014? There was a Year of Darwin in the past at the Vatican and there will be a year of Luther in 2017. In 2008, there was no mention of Pascendi coming forth from the Holy See despite it being the 100th anniversary of that anti-modernist encyclical. I guess I have answered my first question.

Eugene said...

I also like the opening first sentence of the article where the author brazenly asserts that "there are not a few similarities" between Pope Francis and St. Pius X. REALLY? Oh the Modernist acrobatics! Is this akin to "reading Francis through Benedict"? Can we read Francis through St. Pius X? I think the answer is obvious.

New Catholic said...

Magister covered these similarities recently, they are more on the managerial side.

David said...

Fr Collins,

I'm afraid you are probably right.

I have no doubt that if Pope St Pius X were alive now he would be thundering against the evils hedging Catholics on every side, not least of all the incessant promotion of homosexuality to children.

It might not change the minds of those perpetrating those evils but it would help us beleaguered Catholics feel that we are not alone. Under this Pope I feel very alone.

Athelstane said...

Karol Wojtyla was indeed associate pastor for St. Florian's Church in Krakow, just north of the Old City (it is a beautiful baroque church, recently renovated; worth a visit if you are in Krakow). It was a brief assignment from 1949 to 1951.

So perhaps L'Osservatore Romano might need to qualify this statement - but only slightly. John Paul II's parish assignment was fairly brief, and he did not serve as pastor; whereas Giuseppe Sarto had a long career as a parish priest for over two decades, and it is impossible to find any Roman Pontiff, at least since the Reformation, with a similar pastoral background. A great priest and a great Pope, worthy of much more remembrance than he is likely to receive over the next year.

New Catholic said...

Parroco is a parish priest (pastor) in the full canonical sense, so no need of modification is necessary at least regarding this point.

Angelo said...

A special year for St. Pius X would be great. It would remind the Church and educate many on all the good he done. Of course his official condemnation of the heresy of modernism we Traditionalists would highlight. And in no small way!

Alan Aversa said...

Certainly, Pope St. Pius X practiced the virtue poverty, such as by walking through Rome in his old tattered seminary cassock, but that is not what made him a saint. Nor is it any reforms he made, which were certainly not inspired by a spirit of novelty. Pope St. Pius X's lack of human respect ("prudentia carnis" as he calls it in Pascendi), which resulted from his great humility, is what allowed God to use him as a most fitting instrument to battle Modernism.

S. Pius X, ora pro nobis!

Prof. Basto said...

Several Popes had parish assignments. Only St. Pius X was "Parish Priest" (Latin: Parochus; Italian: Parroco; Por also known in certain English speaking countries as Pastor). The Parish Priest is the Priest who actually presides over a canonical Parish.

Just like all Catholics belong to a Diocese or equivalent, Dioceses are divided in Parishes and all Latin Rite Catholics belong to one, in virtue normally of the place wherein they reside, as the most common kind of parish is the territorial parish.

Parish Priests have St. John Vianney as their specific Patron; the Roman Cathecism published in the wake of the Council of Trent is addressed specifically to them; they have specific canonical powers and duties, not just of administration, but also regarding sacramental matters, such as the duty to apply Mass for the People at least once a week.

Large parishes have today, and had even more so in the past, when there were more priests in general, several Priests doing pastoral work in the parish. But only one of them is the leader, the Parish Priest. The others are his assistants.

Also, only a Priest who is actually appointed as the tenured head of a Parish is the Parish Priest (Pastor); a temporary Parish administrator is not the same as a Parish Priest, and Parish priests have special rights regarding transfers, removal, etc.

Furthermore, not every church is a Parish Church. In the territory of a Parish, especially in countries where the Catholic religion is the majority religion, there is often more than one Church in the territory of a Parish. Only one of those Churches in the parochial territory is the Parish Church, the seat of the Parish. The others are chapels, etc. A Chaplain, Rector of a Church, etc., is not the same as the Parish Priest. The Parish Priest is the Head not only of the Parish Church, but also of the whole Parish territory.

So, John Paul II, John XXIII and several others sure had parochial assignments, but they did not hold the full job of Parish Priest.

Amazingly (because the role of Parish Priest is centuries old), St. Pius X is so far the only Pope to have served as Parish Priest.

Alan Aversa said...

The article says both Pope St. Pius X and Francis have "intolerance for ecclesiastical triumphalism" (insofferenza per il trionfalismo ecclesiastico) and a "more pastoral than magisterial interpretation of the Petrine role" (interpretazione più pastorale che magisteriale del ruolo petrino).
Really? Pope St. Pius X was a supporter of the French political movement, Action Française, which supported what could be called "ecclesiastical triumphalism" by advocating a return to a Catholic monarchy. He refused to publish the declaration to place the books of Action Française's intellectual leader, Maurras, on the Index. Pope St. Pius X also organized his own "Inquisition," the Sodalitium Pianum! How much more "triumphalist" can you get than that?

Apparently, the only difference between them is that "the times of Pius X are very distant with respect to our times" (troppo lontani essendo i tempi di Pio X rispetto a quelli di oggi).
And nothing new is under the sun…

And, we must "remember that the papacy, which has lived for two thousand years without ever being interrupted by true moments of discontinuity, is in reality an institution more mobile than it seems to those who observe it from the outside" (ricordarci che il papato, che vive da duemila anni senza essere mai stato interrotto da veri momenti di discontinuità, è in realtà un'istituzione più mobile di quanto non sembri a chi la osservi dall'esterno).
I wonder what would constitute "true moments of discontinuity," according to this author? Vatican II? Also, there've been interregnums lasting years…

"Pius X—who the historiography, it seems to the author, had too much appetite for modernist affair—was one of these moments of institutional mobility, i.e., novelty." (Pio X—che la storiografia, a giudizio di chi scrive, ha troppo appiattito sulla vicenda modernista—fu uno di questi momenti di mobilità, cioè di novità, dell'istituzione.)
Pope St. Pius X vehemently condemned novelty:
Sacrorum Antistitum:
"Far, far from the clergy be the love of novelty! God hates the proud and the obstinate mind." (Procul, procul este a sacro ordine novitatum amor: superbos et contumaces animos odit Deus!)
Pascendi, speaking of the Modernists:
"Ecclesiastical government requires to be reformed in all its branches, but especially in its disciplinary and dogmatic parts. Its spirit with the public conscience, which is not wholly for democracy; a share in ecclesiastical government should therefore be given to the lower ranks of the clergy, and even to the laity, and authority should be decentralised. The Roman Congregations, and especially the index and the Holy Office, are to be reformed.
"certain it is that the passion for novelty is always united in them with hatred of scholasticism, and there is no surer sign that a man is on the way to Modernism than when he begins to show his dislike for this system."

The great reforms of Pius X, like the question of Modernism, remain in the dark. (Le grandi riforme di Pio X, come la questione del modernismo, rimangono nell'ombra.)
There are copious works on "the synthesis of all heresies," some of which are listed here.

Apparently, he was "intolerant of the Vatican 'imprisonment'" (insofferente della "prigionia" vaticana).

Gospelplough said...

Well stated Alan! What glorious timing in the coming year to show our beloved Saint in his true piety as opposed to the oceans of(ahem,ahem) false or superficial piety we find so much of today in our leaders. Thank you Rorate for posting such a glorious tribute and picture. That is why I love this website! I hope this coming year will be successful for Traditionalism and in his honor! Sarto was THERE for a long time. A true priest. He was there when the Novus Ordo was as likely as gay marriage. Something to scoff at. God help us!

cor unum et anima una said...

While we cannot expect a universal jubilee year re St Pius X it is important to recall that as the Remnant note mentioned, the dioceses in the Veneto region are celebrating this anniversary. It might be helpful if we actually head over to the websites to see what they have planned for the year. I have listed two links but there are many more. I was quite amazed at the set up.

Could I also say respectfully that before we start highlighting what may be perceived as absent from the festivities, let us be grateful for what is planned, it is clear the locals are very proud of their most illustrious son and citizen. The local community of Riese Pio X is an active one and browsing through many of their websites, they have been very diligent in observing and celebrating all the milestones connected with Pius X over the years.

If one can make a visit there throughout the year, do so. I'm thinking of including it in an itinerary for a group pilgrimage.

One can obtain a plenary Indulgence all year round at all the Churches of Riese PioX, the Cathedral of Treviso and the sanctuary of the Madonna Delle Cendrole.

www.fondazionegiuseppesarto.it/files/Centenario-Ogni-Mese-Un-Evento-2013.pdf

The photo of Cardinal Sarto on horseback in the rorate entry above is as it says from a visit up to the summit of Mount Grappa. This was a visit he made on 4 August, 1901 as Patriarch of Venice o bless the statue of the Madonna Della Grappa protectress of the inhabitants of the Veneto region. There is also a cemetry for the fallen soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire there. What is interesting is that two years later on the same day of 4 August, Cardinal Sarto was elected to the See of Peter. To commemorate both events, last 4 August, the commune of Riese Pio unveiled a bust of Pius X on the Mt.

Read more and see pics at the link below:

www.fondazionegiuseppesarto.it/news.php

There is an interesting article also at link above about a visit Fr Sarto made to Vienna.

Petra G. said...

"Kindness is for fools! They want them to be treated with oil, soap, and caresses. But they ought to be beaten with fists! In a duel you don’t count or measure the blows, you strike as you can! War is not made with charity, it is a struggle, a duel. If Our Lord were not terrible He would not have given an example in this too. See how He treated the Philistines;
the sowers of error; the wolves in sheep’s clothing; the traitors in the temple. He scourged them with whips!"

(Response of St Pius X when urged to go soft on the modernists)

cor unum et anima una said...


While we cannot expect a universal jubilee year re St Pius X it is important to recall that as the Remnant note mentioned, the dioceses in the Veneto region are celebrating this anniversary. It might be helpful if we actually head over to the websites to see what they have planned for the year. I have listed two links but there are many more. I was quite amazed at the set up.

Could I also say respectfully that before we start highlighting what may be perceived as absent from the festivities, let us be grateful for what they have planned, it is clear the locals are very proud of their most illustrious son and citizen. The local community of Riese Pio X is an active one and browsing through many of their websites, they have been very diligent in observing and celebrating all the milestones connected with Pius X over the years.

If one can make a visit there throughout the year, do so. I'm thinking of including it in an itinerary for a group pilgrimage.

One can obtain a plenary Indulgence all year round at all the Churches of Riese PioX, the Cathedral of Treviso and the sanctuary of the Madonna Delle Cendrole.

www.fondazionegiuseppesarto.it/files/Centenario-Ogni-Mese-Un-Evento-2013.pdf

The photo of Cardinal Sarto on horseback in the rorate entry above is as it says from a visit up to the summit of Mount Grappa. This was a visit he made on 4 August, 1901 as Patriarch of Venice o bless the statue of the Madonna Della Grappa protectress of the inhabitants of the Veneto region. There is also a cemetry for the fallen soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire there. What is interesting is that two years later on the same day of 4 August, Cardinal Sarto was elected to the See of Peter. To commemorate both events, last 4 August, the commune of Riese Pio unveiled a bust of Pius X on the Mt.

Read more and see pics at the link below:

Www.fondazionegiuseppesarto.it/news.php

There is an interesting article also at link above about a visit Fr Sarto made to Vienna which little information is known about.

Matthaeus said...

Thank you for posting this. I look forward to reading the articles when the English edition of OR comes out. Thanks also to the commenters - I have learnt quite a lot from the follow-up to this post.

One thing that nobody yet seems to have mentioned is whether there might be any mileage to be gained from a Year of St. Pius X towards tackling the SSPX schism - they would be hard-pressed not to respond to the devotion to their patron. I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts on this.

Adfero said...

Matthaeus there is no schism, there is an irregular situation.

There are no more excommunications, so they are fully in the Church. You can't be a little bit in and a little bit in schism, just like a woman can't be a little bit pregnant.

You're either in, or you're out.

David said...

Matthaeus there is no schism, there is an irregular situation.

Please don't cloud this issue with facts.

Francesco said...

Father ("don", as it is said in Italy) Giuseppe Sarto was borne in Riese, Province and Diocese of Treviso (Venetia Region), in 1835 and was ordained diocesan priest in 1858. Then he was sent as chaplain (cooperator of the parish priest) in the village of Tombolo (Province of Padua) and, at least, parish priest of Salzano, a commune (municipality town) in the District of Mirano, not far from Mestre, in the Province of Venice (from 1867 to 1875). Later he became Bishop of Mantua (East Lombardy) and Patriarch of Venice in 1893. So he never studied in Rome, he became Pope without attending universitarian studies. This is an unicum in the last centuries' history of the Church. He was only diocesan priest and he made only seminarian studies. But he was at same an illuminated and holy pastor. The successor of father Sarto ad parish priest of Salzano from 1984 to 2007, Msgr Giuseppe Vardanega, now celebrates the Tridentine Mass every third Saturday of each month in Mirano, in the parish church of Saint Leopold Mandic. You can see a short video of the Mass on youtube ("Messa in latino a Mirano"). About 40/50 faithfuls attended the Mass each month.

Francesco said...

I am sorry, the Tridentine Mass celebrated in Mirano (Venice) in Saint Leopold's church by emeritus parish priest of Salzano is officiated every 2nd Saturday of each months at 16.30 pm and it is a Sung Mass. If you want watch the video on youtube you must write "Messa in forma extraordinaria a Mirano"). Good Evening!

Presbyter said...

There is not the slightest chance that there will be any serious observance of St. Pius X's centenary. After all, the list of condemned propositions in the Saint's Lamentabili and Pascendi are most theological institutes' curriculum today.

Alan Aversa said...

@cor unum et anima una: Thank you for the Fondazione Giuseppe Sarto link. I see that Sandro Magister has also written a piece noting the similarities between Bergoglio and St. Sarto.

Alan Aversa said...

"Pope telephones woman who refused abortion: offers to baptize her baby" reminds me of a story of Pope St. Pius X:

«An English lady, who had a private audience with the Pope, brought her little boy of four years old to receive his blessing. While she was talking with the Holy Father the child stood at a little distance looking on; but presently, when the low-toned conversation seemed at an end, he crept up to the Pope, put his hands on his knees and looked up trustfully into his face.

"How old is he?" asked Pius X., stroking the little head.

"He is four," answered the mother, "and in two or three years I hope he will make his first Communion."

The Pope looked earnestly into the child s clear eyes.

"Whom do you receive in Holy Communion?" he asked.

"Jesus Christ," was the prompt answer.

"And who is Jesus Christ?"

"Jesus Christ is God," replied the little boy, no less quickly.

"Bring him to me to-morrow," said the Pope, turning to the mother, "and I will give him Holy Communion myself."»