Oh, about that Hermeneutic Thingamabob?

Pope St. Pius X

If anyone according to wicked heretics in any manner whatsoever, by any word whatsoever, at any time whatsoever, or in any place whatsoever illicitly removes the boundaries firmly established by the holy Fathers of the Catholic Church … in order to seek for novelties and expositions of another faith … and, briefly, if it is customary for the most impious heretics to do anything else, should anyone through diabolical operation crookedly and cunningly act contrary to the pious preachings of the orthodox teachers of the Catholic Church, that is, its papal and conciliar proclamations, to the destruction of sincere confession unto the Lord our God, and persist without repentance unto the end: let such a person be condemned forever, and let all the people say: So be it! So be it!

Pope St. Martin I

The preaching of the faith has lost nothing of its relevance in our times. The Church has a sacred duty to proclaim it without any whittling-down, just as Christ revealed it, and no consideration of time or circumstance can lessen the strictness of this obligation.

Pope Pius XII

“Progress” of dogmas is, in reality, nothing but corruption of dogmas … I absolutely reject the heretical doctrine of the evolution of dogma, as passing from one meaning to another, and different from the sense in which the Church originally held it. And likewise, I condemn every error by which philosophical inventions, or creations of the human mind, or products elaborated by human effort and destined to indefinite progress in the future are substituted for that Divine Deposit given by Christ to the faithful custody of the Church . . . Condemned and proscribed is the error that dogmas are nothing but interpretations and evolutions of Christian intelligence which have increased and perfected the little seed hidden in the Gospel.

Pope St. Pius X

The faithful must shun the opinion that dogmatic formulas cannot signify truth in a determinate way, but only offer changeable approximations to it. Those who hold such an opinion do not escape dogmatic relativism and they corrupt the concept of the Church’s infallibility concerning truth … Relativism, which justifies everything and treats all things as of equal value, assails the absoluteness of Christian principles. There is no doubt that the meaning of dogmas declared by the Church is determinate and unalterable!

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6 comments on “Oh, about that Hermeneutic Thingamabob?

  1. Excellent quotes, gpmtrad. You wouldn’t perchance have the references for them would you?

  2. Ditto – the statements cannot be contradicted they can only be ‘ignored’ – clearly VII decided to relegate a vast amount of long-standing truths of the Church to the ‘exile of the ignored’.

    p.s. who can pronounce ‘anathemas’ – there should be some faithful Bishop or Cardinal out there with an anathema wand – the current cinderalla concilliars would turn into pumpkins ‘poof’ – at least then we could make soup.

  3. p.s. Bl. John Henry Newman – ‘to be steeped in history is to cease to be Protestant’ – it follows that so much of the ‘church’ that has thrown off history has become Protestant.

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