Pascendi dominici gregis was a Papal letter promulgated by Pope Pius X on 8 September 1907.

The pope condemned Modernism, and a whole range of other evolutionary principles concerning Roman Catholic dogma. Pius X instituted commissions to cleanse the clergy of theologians promoting Modernism and some of its (liturgical) consequences.

It enjoined a compulsory Anti-Modernist oath on all Catholic bishops, priests and teachers to force them to come to clear terms with what they believed; this oath remained in force until it was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1967. Traditionalist Catholics point to this document as evidence that pre-Vatican II popes were highly concerned about enemies of Christendom infiltrating the human element of the Catholic Church.

The encyclical's ghost writer was Joseph Lemius, procurator general of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. [1]

External links

  1. Catholicism Contending With Modernity

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