Charge Apostolique" (Our Apostolic Mandate / On The Sillon), Pope St.
Pius X said...
"We wish to
draw your attention, Venerable Brethren, to this distortion of the Gospel and of
the sacred character of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God and man, prevailing within
the Sillon and elsewhere. As soon as the social question is being approached, it
is the fashion in some quarters to first put aside the divinity of Jesus Christ,
and then to mention only His unlimited clemency, His compassion for all human
miseries, and His pressing exhortations to the love of our neighbor and to the
brotherhood of men. True, Jesus has loved us with an immense, infinite love, and
He came on earth to suffer and die so that, gathered around Him in justice and
love, motivated by the same sentiments of mutual charity, all men might live in
peace and happiness. But for the realization of this temporal and eternal
happiness, He has laid down with supreme authority the condition that we must
belong to His flock, that we must accept His doctrine, that we must practice
virtue, and that we must accept the teaching and guidance of Peter and his
successors. Further, while Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went
astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have
appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and
save them. While He called to Himself in order to comfort them, those who toiled
and suffered, it was not to preach to them the jealousy of a chimerical
equality. While He lifted up the lowly, it was not to instill in them the
sentiment of a dignity independent from, and rebellious against, the duty of
obedience. While His heart overflowed with gentleness toward the souls of
goodwill, He could also arm Himself with holy indignation against the profaners
of the House of God, against the wretched men who scandalized the little ones,
against the authorities who crush the people with the weight of heavy burdens
without putting out a hand to lift them. He was as strong as he was gentle. He
reproved, threatened, chastised; knowing and teaching us that
fear is the
beginning of wisdom, and that it is sometimes proper for a man to cut off an
offending limb to save his body. Finally, He did not announce for future society
the reign of an ideal happiness from which suffering would be banished; but, by
His lessons and by His example, He traced the path of the happiness which is
possible on earth and of perfect happiness in heaven: the royal way of the
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