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Prophetic Speech of Pope Ven. Pius XII Warns of "a Church which Weakens the Law of God"
Rorate Caeli ^ | February 20, 1949 | Pope Pius XII

Posted on 05/07/2017 3:06:30 PM PDT by ebb tide

In this time of new persecutions against Christians by Islamicists, secularists, and sexual anarchists, and of a pope who so openly emboldens and gives comfort to these and other enemies of Holy Mother Church, while shirking his duty to confirm his brethren in the faith, we publish in English translation (below) the prophetic words of the Venerable Pope Pius XII, given on February 20, 1949 to the people of Rome, condemning the persecution of Christians in Eastern Europe by the socialist and communist dictatorships. 

Pius XII warns of "a Church which weakens the law of God, adapting it to the taste of human desires, when she should loudly proclaim and defend it" and which would give herself over to "the shifting sands of the opinions of the day."  He asks: "Would you recognize in such a Church the features of your Mother’s face? Can you imagine a Successor of the first Peter, who would bow to similar demands?" Can anyone now deny that we live in just such a time as this?


Sunday, February 20, 1949 

Romans! Beloved sons and daughters!  

Once again, in a grave and dolorous hour, the faithful people of the Eternal City has rushed to its Bishop and Father.

Once again, this superb colonnade seems barely able to embrace with its gigantic arms the crowds, which like waves driven by an irresistible force, have flowed to the threshold of the Vatican Basilica, in order to attend the Mass of Atonement in the central point of the whole Catholic world and to pour out the sentiments with which their souls are overflowing. 

Among the unanimous condemnations of the civilized world, the sentence imposed upon an eminent Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church on the banks of the Danube has raised on the banks of the Tiber a cry of indignation worthy of the City. 

But the fact that a regime opposed to religion has this time attacked a Prince of the Church, revered by the vast majority of his people, is not an isolated case; it is one of the links in the long chain of persecutions which some dictatorial States have waged against Christian doctrine and life. 

A well-known characteristic common to persecutors of all times is that, not content with physically crushing their victims, they want also to make them appear despicable and hateful to their country and to society. 

Who does not remember the Roman martyrs, of whom Tacitus speaks (Annals 15:44), immolated under Nero and made to appear as arsonists, abominable criminals, enemies of mankind? 

Modern persecutors show themselves to be the docile disciples of that inglorious school. They copy, so to speak, their masters and models, if, indeed, they do not surpass them in cruelty, clever as they are in the art of employing the most recent progress in the technical sciences for the purpose of a domination and enslavement of the people which in the past would not have been conceivable. 

Romans! The Church of Christ is following the road traced out for her by the divine Redeemer. She feels herself eternal; she knows that she cannot perish, that the most violent storms will not succeed in submerging her. She begs no favours; the threats and disfavor of earthly authorities do not intimidate her. She does not interfere in problems purely economic or political, nor does she occupy herself with debates on the usefulness or banefulness of one form of government or another. Always eager, in so far as she is able, to be at peace with all (cf. Rom 12:8), she renders unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, but she cannot betray or abandon that which belongs to God.

Now, it is well known what the totalitarian and anti-religious State requires and expects from her [the Church] as the price for her tolerance and her problematic recognition. That is, it would desire:  

a Church which remains silent, when she should speak out; 

a Church which weakens the law of God, adapting it to the taste of human desires, when she should loudly proclaim and defend it;  

a Church which detaches herself from the unwavering foundation upon which Christ built her, in order to repose comfortably on the shifting sands of the opinions of the day or to give herself up to the passing current; 

a Church which does not withstand the oppression of conscience and does not protect the legitimate rights and the just liberties of the people; 

a Church which, with indecorous servility, remains enclosed within the four walls of the temple, which forgets the divine mandate received from Christ: Go forth to the street corners (Matt 22:9), teach all peoples (Matt 28:19).  

Beloved sons and daughters! Spiritual heirs of an innumerable legion of confessors and martyrs!  

Is this the Church whom you venerate and love? Would you recognize in such a Church the features of your Mother’s face? Can you imagine a Successor of the first Peter, who would bow to similar demands?  

The Pope has the divine promises; even in his human weaknesses, he is invincible and unshakable; he is the messenger of truth and justice, the principle of the unity of the Church; his voice denounces errors, idolatries, superstitions; he condemns iniquities; he makes charity and virtue loved.  

Can he [the Pope] then remain silent when in a nation the churches which are united to the center of Christendom, to Rome, are snatched away through violence or cunning; when all the Greek-Catholic bishops are imprisoned because they refuse to apostatize from their faith; when priests and the faithful are persecuted and arrested because they refuse to leave their true Mother Church?  

Can the Pope remain silent, when the right to educate their own children is taken away from parents by a minority regime which wants to alienate them from Christ? 

Can the Pope remain silent when a State, surpassing the limits of its authority, arrogates to itself the power to abolish dioceses, to depose Bishops, to overturn the ecclesiastical organization, and to reduce it below the minimum requirements for the effectual care of souls? 

Can the Pope remain silent when the point is reached of punishing a priest with imprisonment, guilty of refusing to violate the most sacred and inviolable of secrets, the secret of sacramental confession? 

Is all this perhaps illegitimate interference in the political powers of the State? Who could honestly affirm anything of the kind? Your exclamations have already given the answer to these and many other similar questions.  

May the Lord God reward your fidelity, beloved sons and daughters. May He give you strength in the present and future struggles. May He make you vigilant against the attacks of His and your enemies. May He illumine with His light the minds of those whose eyes are still closed to the truth. May he grant to those hearts, which today are far from him, the grace to sincerely return to that faith and to those fraternal sentiments whose denial threatens the peace of humanity.

And now may Our lavish, paternal, and affectionate Apostolic Blessing descend upon you, the City and the World.

Source: Speeches and Radio Messages of Pope Pius XII , X, Tenth year of his pontificate, March 2, 1948 to March 1, 1949, pp. 389-391, Vatican Polyglot Press,

English translation adapted and edited from excerpts provided on the official website of Pope Pius XII’s cause for canonization.

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: francischurch; piusxii

1 posted on 05/07/2017 3:06:30 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide
"She does not interfere in problems purely economic or political"

We've seen a few changes in the Church. Political correctness, economic justice, global warming. If Jesus didn't talk about them then why are they even important? Was he short sighted?
2 posted on 05/07/2017 3:16:56 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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To: dp0622


3 posted on 05/07/2017 3:20:46 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ebb tide

Sounds like the Vatican II church. How timely this is ... just before Vatican II.

4 posted on 05/07/2017 3:49:35 PM PDT by piusv (Pray for a return to the pre-Vatican II (Catholic) Faith)
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To: ebb tide

Those were the days, my friend

Plus XII was good —but I like Pius XI even more.

5 posted on 05/07/2017 4:06:17 PM PDT by Hieronymus (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

This isn’t about Jesus. Too many got away with gay predator behavior, which was then covered up as much as possible.

That wasn’t the beginning of the problems, just the beginning of the accidental reveal, followed by pushing the agenda openly now that so many got away with the initial offenses.

6 posted on 05/07/2017 4:10:13 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Ride To The Sound Of The Guns)
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To: SaxxonWoods

It’s always about Jesus, especially how the church has apparently strayed from his grace and is now torn by inner conflicts among different factions, say some members including former Pope Benedict XVI (the real one). Its indifference toward gay predators is one thing, likely endemic of a greater problem. Homosexual groups have long targeted the church for infiltration, from what I’ve seen, and what they themselves have said. Why they’ve wanted in I have no idea, but it isn’t to serve Christ.

7 posted on 05/07/2017 5:21:03 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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To: Telepathic Intruder
It goes deeper than that. The Soviets had a program to infiltrate and corrupt the Church from within in the 1930s, as testified by Bella Dodd. It succeeded very well, which is why many have long believed that the real "third secret" of Fatima concerns the apostasy of the Church hierarchy. This, of course, also explains why it could never be revealed as it hit too close to home.
8 posted on 05/07/2017 7:39:49 PM PDT by AustinBill (consequence is what makes our choices real)
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To: AustinBill

Could that 3rd secret all of sudden come out in a couple of days with the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Fatima event?

9 posted on 05/08/2017 2:50:11 AM PDT by Biggirl ("One Lord, one faith, one baptism5" - Ephesians 4:5)
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To: ebb tide

The Law of God cannot be weakened, only obeyed, broken or ignored.

10 posted on 05/08/2017 1:16:44 PM PDT by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Building the Wall! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: AustinBill
Thank you for that valuable link to Bella Dodd's Senate testimony in the 50s. Just yesterday someone linked to her book, School of Darkness. The parallels between her testimony of Communist infiltration in our schools and churches in the 30s, 40s and 50s are strikingly similar to what is going on today, and escalating, from both the communists and the islamists.
11 posted on 05/08/2017 4:28:16 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("We will be one people, under one God, saluting one American flag." --Donald Trump)
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