Pope Pius XII Consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pope Pius XII, Sacro Vergente Anno:9. Consecration of the peoples of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

We, therefore, to make Our prayers and prayers more readily granted, and to give you a singular attestation of Our special benevolence, as we a few years ago have consecrated the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mother of God, so now, so very special, we consecrate all the peoples of Russia to the same Immaculate Heart, in the sure trust that with the most powerful patronage of the Virgin Mary the vows may be fulfilled as soon as possible, that we, that all the good ones form for true peace, for a fraternal concord and for the due freedom to all and first of all to the church; so that, through the prayer that we raise together with you and with all Christians, the saving kingdom of Christ, which is “the kingdom of truth and life, the kingdom of holiness and grace, the kingdom of justice, love and peace “, ( 8 ) in all parts of the earth triumphs and steadily consolidates.

And with suppliant invocation let us pray to the same clementissima Mother, so that she may assist each of you in the present calamities and obtain for her divine Son for your minds that light that comes from Heaven, and impregnate for your souls that virtue and that fortitude, supported by divine grace, you can victoriously overcome all impiety and error.

Rome, at San Pietro, 7 July 1952, the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, year XIV of Our Pontificate.

Original Italian: Noi, pertanto, affinché più facilmente le Nostre e le vostre preghiere siano esaudite, e per darvi un singolare attestato della Nostra particolare benevolenza, come pochi anni fa abbiamo consacrato tutto il mondo al Cuore immacolato della vergine Madre di Dio, così ora, in modo specialissimo, consacriamo tutti i popoli della Russia al medesimo Cuore immacolato, nella sicura fiducia che col potentissimo patrocinio di Maria vergine quanto prima si avverino felicemente i voti, che Noi, che voi, che tutti i buoni formano per una vera pace, per una fraterna concordia e per la dovuta libertà a tutti e in primo luogo alla Chiesa; in maniera che, mediante la preghiera che Noi innalziamo insieme con voi e con tutti i cristiani, il regno salvifico di Cristo, che è «regno di verità e di vita, regno di santità e di grazia, regno di giustizia, di amore e di pace», ( 8 ) in ogni parte della terra trionfi e si consolidi stabilmente.

E con supplice invocazione preghiamo la medesima Madre clementissima, perché assista ciascuno di voi nelle presenti calamità e ottenga al suo divin Figlio per le vostre menti quella luce che proviene dal Cielo, e impetri per le anime vostre quella virtù e quella fortezza, per cui, sorretti dalla divina grazia, possiate vittoriosamente superare ogni empietà ed errore.

Roma, presso San Pietro, 7 luglio 1952, festa dei santi Cirillo e Metodio, anno XIV del Nostro pontificato.


MY COMMENT: There are those out there who believe, for one reason or another, that the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, foretold by Our Lady herself, never happened. Here is undeniable proof that it did happen and happened in the 1952.

Catholics CANNOT be Racist.

Pope Paul III, Encyclical Sublimus Dei, “The enemy of the human race, who opposes all good deeds in order to bring men to destruction, beholding and envying this, invented a means never before heard of, by which he might hinder the preaching of God’s word of Salvation to the people: he inspired his satellites who, to please him, have not hesitated to publish abroad that the Indians of the West and the South, and other people of whom We have recent knowledge should be treated as dumb brutes created for our service, pretending that they are incapable of receiving the Catholic Faith.

We define and declare by these Our letters…the said Indians and all other people who may later be discovered by Christians, are by no means to be deprived of their liberty or the possession of their property, even though they be outside the faith of Jesus Christ; and that they may and should, freely and legitimately, enjoy their liberty and the possession of their property; nor should they be in any way enslaved; should the contrary happen, it shall be null and have no effect.

Pope Gregory XVI, Encyclical In Supremo Apostolatus: “We warn and adjure earnestly in the Lord faithful Christians of every condition that no one in the future dare to vex anyone, despoil him of his possessions, reduce to servitude, or lend aid and favour to those who give themselves up to these practices, or exercise that inhuman traffic by which the Blacks, as if they were not men but rather animals, having been brought into servitude, in no matter what way, are, without any distinction, in contempt of the rights of justice and humanity, bought, sold, and devoted sometimes to the hardest labour. Further, in the hope of gain, propositions of purchase being made to the first owners of the Blacks, dissensions and almost perpetual conflicts are aroused in these regions.

We reprove, then, by virtue of Our Apostolic Authority, all the practices abovementioned as absolutely unworthy of the Christian name. By the same Authority We prohibit and strictly forbid any Ecclesiastic or lay person from presuming to defend as permissible this traffic in Blacks under no matter what pretext or excuse, or from publishing or teaching in any manner whatsoever, in public or privately, opinions contrary to what We have set forth in this Apostolic Letter.”

Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mit Brennender Sorge: “8.Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community — however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things — whoever raises these notions above thheir standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds.

10. This God, this Sovereign Master, has issued commandments whose value is independent of time and space, country and race…

11. None but superficial minds could stumble into concepts of a national God, of a national religion; or attempt to lock within the frontiers of a single people, within the narrow limits of a single race…

17. The peak of the revelation as reached in the Gospel of Christ is final and permanent. It knows no retouches by human hand; it admits no substitutes or arbitrary alternatives such as certain leaders pretend to draw from the so-called myth of race and blood…

18. …His command to hear the Church (Matt. xviii. 15), to welcome in the words and commands of the Church His own words and His own commands (Luke x. 16), is addressed to all men, of all times and of all countries. The Church founded by the Redeemer is one, the same for all races and all nations.

My Comment: This is for those who call themselves Catholic and harbor racist thoughts. It is also for those who believe that the Church condoned slavery and racism. These are quotes from the Vicars of Christ themselves. There are other quotes from Popes that reiterate the very teachings. The Catholic Church condemns racism and slavery.

Who is and is NOT Catholic!

Pope Eugenius IV, Bull “Cantata Domino”, Council of Florence: “It firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics cannot become participants in eternal life, but will depart “into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” [Matt. 25:41], unless before the end of life the same have been added to the flock; and that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is so strong that only to those remaining in it are the sacraments of the Church of benefit for salvation, and do fastings, almsgiving, and other functions of piety and exercises of Christian service produce eternal reward, and that no one, whatever almsgiving he has practiced, even if he has shed blood for the name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has remained in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.”(DENZ.714)

Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Satis Cognitum: “9. The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium. Epiphanius, Augustine, Theodore :, drew up a long list of the heresies of their times. St. Augustine notes that other heresies may spring up, to a single one of which, should any one give his assent, he is by the very fact cut off from Catholic unity. “No one who merely disbelieves in all (these heresies) can for that reason regard himself as a Catholic or call himself one. For there may be or may arise some other heresies, which are not set out in this work of ours, and, if any one holds to one single one of these he is not a Catholic” (S. Augustinus, De Haeresibus, n. 88).”

Pope Eugenius IV, Bull Exultate Deo, Council of Florence: “Holy baptism, which is the gateway to the spiritual life, holds the first place among all the sacraments; through it we are made members of Christ and of the body of the Church. And since death entered into the universe through the first man, “unless we are born of water and the Spirit, we cannot,” as the Truth says, “enter into the kingdom of heaven” (cf.John 3:5).”(DENZ.696)

Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Mystici Corporis: “22. Actually only those are to be included as members of the Church who have been baptized and profess the true faith, and who have not been so unfortunate as to separate themselves from the unity of the Body, or been excluded by legitimate authority for grave faults committed. “For in one spirit” says the Apostle, “were we all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free.” As therefore in the true Christian community there is only one Body, one Spirit, one Lord, and one Baptism, so there can be only one faith. And therefore if a man refuse to hear the Church let him be considered — so the Lord commands — as a heathen and a publican. It follows that those are divided in faith or government cannot be living in the unity of such a Body, nor can they be living the life of its one Divine Spirit.

23. Nor must one imagine that the Body of the Church, just because it bears the name of Christ, is made up during the days of its earthly pilgrimage only of members conspicuous for their holiness, or that it consists only of those whom God has predestined to eternal happiness. it is owing to the Savior’s infinite mercy that place is allowed in His Mystical Body here below for those whom, of old, He did not exclude from the banquet. For not every sin, however grave it may be, is such as of its own nature to sever a man from the Body of the Church, as does schism or heresy or apostasy. Men may lose charity and divine grace through sin, thus becoming incapable of supernatural merit, and yet not be deprived of all life if they hold fast to faith and Christian hope, and if, illumined from above, they are spurred on by the interior promptings of the Holy Spirit to salutary fear and are moved to prayer and penance for their sins.

My Comment: These quotes should be adequate to prove that one must believe in everything the Church teaches, right down to the least doctrine. One must be Baptized and profess the Catholic faith to be a member of the Church and have the title of Catholic.


Teaching Authority: Magisterium vs. Theologians/Saints/Doctors

Pope Benedict XIV, Apostolica Constitutio, (About St. Gregory On Pilgramages to Jerusalem): “The Church’s judgment is preferable even to that of a Doctor renowned for his holiness and teaching.”

Pope Alexander VIII, Errors of the Jansenists, #30: “When anyone finds a doctrine clearly established in Augustine, he can absolutely hold and teach it, disregarding any bull of the pope.”

Pope Pius XII, Humani Generis, #21: ” It is also true that theologians must always return to the sources of divine revelation: for it belongs to them to point out how the doctrine of the living Teaching Authority is to be found either explicitly or implicitly in the Scriptures and in Tradition…This deposit of faith our Divine Redeemer has given for authentic interpretation not to each of the faithful, not even to theologians, but only to the Teaching Authority of the Church.”

Pope Pius XI, Ad Salutem: “(6) “and not-as some, who do not share the Catholic sense, have thought-as though the weight of Augustine’s word were to be set ahead of the very authority of the teaching Church… (20)We see how our Saint, for all his exalted genius, humbly submitted his judgment to the authority of the Church teaching. He knew that, as long as he did so, he would not swerve a finger’s breadth from Catholic doctrine.”

My Comment: The purpose of these quotes to show that those who attempt to overrule a Teaching of the Magisterium with an opinion of a certain group of Theologians or certain Doctor  etc., are mistaken. As one can see from the Pope Pius XII quote, the job of theologians is to explain how the teachings of the Magisterium are found in Scripture and Tradition. –For those who don’t already know, the Magisterium is the Teaching Office of the Church. It cannot err because it teaches with the very Authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is exercised by the Pope when teaching or explaining a Doctrine revealed by our Lord to the Church’s faithful.