Monday, September 26, 2011

St. Pope Pius X and Critical Methodologies

Although historical revisionists like to turn Pope Pius X (1903-1914) into a reactionary and a simpleton who rejected the validity of historical critical study of Scripture, his actual position was a bit more complex than is often realized. I've known this for a while, but this point was driven home for me today as I read through one of his encyclicals and found the following line:
“There are persons who, firmly entrenched in their own faith, rage against criticism as a thing of destruction. As a matter of fact, it is an innocent thing in itself, and, rightly used, aids investigation in the happiest manner” (Jucunda sane 17 [1904]).
Of course, Pius X was the last pope to be canonized a saint.

1 comment:

Nick Childers said...

Pope Benedict XVI said the same thing in Germany :)