(quote) Greg-902815 said: This is an excellent encyclical from Pope Pius X: Pascendi Dominici Gregis(On the Doctrine of the Modernists). It's interesting to note the following passage:
2. That We should act without delay in this matter is made imperative
especially by the fact that the partisans of error are to be sought not only
among the Church's open enemies; but, what is to be most dreaded and deplored,
in her very bosom, and are the more mischievous the less they keep in the open.
We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, and,
what is much more sad, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, animated by a
false zeal for the Church, lacking the solid safeguards of philosophy and
theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the
enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, put themselves forward
as reformers of the Church; and, forming more boldly into line of attack, assail
all that is most sacred in the work of Christ, not sparing even the Person of
the Divine Redeemer, whom, with sacrilegious audacity, they degrade to the
condition of a simple and ordinary man.
This is striking in that there seems to be a tendancy as viewing Christ as being in the condition of ordinary man(particularly in the apologetics arena).
I especially like his Holy sarcasm directed at the Modernist attitude toward Sacred Scripture:They seem, in fact, to have constructed for
themselves certain types of narration and discourses, upon which they base
their decision as to whether a thing is out of place or not. Judge if you can
how men with such a system are fitted for practising this kind of criticism.
To hear them talk about their works on the Sacred Books, in which they have
been able to discover so much that is defective, one would imagine that before
them nobody ever even glanced through the pages of Scripture, whereas the
truth is that a whole multitude of Doctors, infinitely superior to them in
genius, in erudition, in sanctity, have sifted the Sacred Books in every way,
and so far from finding imperfections in them, have thanked God more and more
the deeper they have gone into them, for His divine bounty in having
vouchsafed to speak thus to men. Unfortunately, these great Doctors did not
enjoy the same aids to study that are possessed by the Modernists for their
guide and rule, - a philosophy borrowed from the negation of God, and a
criterion which consists of themselves.
You can read it in full from the Vatican website:www.vatican.va