Friday, October 26, 2007

Pascendi Dominici Gregis

The Encyclical Against the "Modernists" Turns 100 – But Without Fanfare
No official celebrations for the centenary of the "Pascendi" encyclical. The "unworthy methods" used to fight this battle have been discarded. But the questions at the center of that controversy are still open. And the book "Jesus of Nazareth" is proof of this

A bad idea? Even a holy pope is not exempt from prudential mistakes (St. Pius X and the reform of the Roman office?)... But did the offensive against Modernism fail? If so, was it because it was too top-heavy, and reliant upon a overly-centralized papacy? If it didn't fail, then how do we explain its apparent re-emergence later in the 20th century?

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