Vain Talkers And Seducers


What follows is the first paragraph of Pascendi.

The battle we face is the battle of all times.

You might recognise the one or other character of whom the great St Pius X is talking.

The office divinely committed to Us of feeding the Lord’s flock has especially this duty assigned to it by Christ, namely, to guard with the greatest vigilance the deposit of the faith delivered to the saints, rejecting the profane novelties of words and oppositions of knowledge falsely so called. There has never been a time when this watchfulness of the supreme pastor was not necessary to the Catholic body; for, owing to the efforts of the enemy of the human race, there have never been lacking “men speaking perverse things” (Acts xx. 30), “vain talkers and seducers” (Tit. i. 10), “erring and driving into error” (2 Tim. iii. 13). Still it must be confessed that the number of the enemies of the cross of Christ has in these last days increased exceedingly, who are striving, by arts, entirely new and full of subtlety, to destroy the vital energy of the Church, and, if they can, to overthrow utterly Christ’s kingdom itself. Wherefore We may no longer be silent, lest We should seem to fail in Our most sacred duty, and lest the kindness that, in the hope of wiser counsels, We have hitherto shown them, should be attributed to forgetfulness of Our office.

St Pius X, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, 1.


Posted on March 15, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Wow. I bet, if one dug enough, one could find many similar statements by previous, holy Popes. That one’s a zinger!

  2. The more I read about Pope St Pius X the more I become convinced that he is one of the greatest and most important Catholic Saints of the last 300+ years. The Church was truly blessed with this great man….and to think, he actually felt unworthy of being named Pope when elected.

    • … whereas we also see the difference between true and false humility.

      You remember when Francis invented some strange tale about the “mystical experience” he had and which persuaded him to, oh, accept the post? It was in the Scalfari interview, if memory serves.

      The tale was immediately burst, and his author indirectly – though I do not think involuntarily – ridiculed by Cardinal Dolan. By every other person (including a cardinal) the world would have laughed. By the “humble bishop on the bus”, everything was soon forgotten.


  3. Probably similar to what Mahoney experienced when he suddenly felt the urge to cast his vote for Mr. Bergoglio.

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