J Vennari: 150th Anniversary of the Syllabus of Errors

The 150th Anniversary
of the Syllabus of Errors

By John Vennari

December 8, 2014, marks the 150th Anniversary of Blessed Pius IX’s Quanta Cura and Syllabus of Errors.

Catholic Family News marks this anniversary with a special issue that contains eight articles related to Quanta Cura and the Syllabus.[1] We plan to continue writing on these landmark documents throughout 2015.

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It is necessary to familiar ourselves with the Syllabus and the great counter-revolutionary Pontiffs. The principles of the anti-liberal Popes should be foundational and habitual in our thinking, for their fight against “Liberal Catholicism” is the same battle we fight today. This or that detail may have changed, but the conflict remains the same. It is one and the same struggle against the agents of the counter syllabus; one and the same struggle against the destructive Modernism these agents ushered in to the highest echelons of the Church.

We cannot truly understand the present crisis in the Church without a firm understanding of Syllabus and what it represents.

“Errors of Our Time”

Promulgated on December 8, 1864, Quanta Cura and the Syllabus comprise a systematic condemnation of the errors of liberalism, and the false ideas of liberty that emanated from the French Revolution…

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2 comments on “J Vennari: 150th Anniversary of the Syllabus of Errors

  1. While reading Vennari’s article, I was reminded of the confrontation between Pilate and Our Lord and Savior as recounted in Chapter 18 of St. John’s Gospel:
    [37] Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice. [38] Pilate saith to him: What is truth?

    The cynical response by Pilate is, IMO, the response of the Modernists to not only Quanta Cura and the Syllabus of Errors but to the entire perennial magisterium of the Church. Either there is Truth or there is not; it cannot be both ways. One would think that these supposedly brilliant men (post Vatican II popes and modern-day theologians) would see the error of their thinking. And, most importantly, Truth does not change with the times otherwise there is no truth.

  2. … uncompromising fidelity to tradition, couched in language impossible to misunderstand …

    These aspects are as much of a bane to Modernists as the teachings themselves.

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