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« on: July 07, 2013, 09:34:29 AM »
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  • I'm hoping someone can help me with this:

    In this encyclical, Pope Leo XIII affirms in the first parragraph:
    Venerable Brethren, Health, and Benediction.

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    It is sufficiently well known unto you that no small share of Our thoughts and of Our care is devoted to Our endeavour to bring back to the fold, placed under the guardianship of Jesus Christ, the Chief Pastor of souls, sheep that have strayed. Bent upon this, We have thought it most conducive to this salutary end and purpose to describe the exemplar and, as it were, the lineaments of the Church. Amongst these the most worthy of Our chief consideration is Unity. This the Divine Author impressed on it as a lasting sign of truth and of unconquerable strength. The essential beauty and comeliness of the Church ought greatly to influence the minds of those who consider it. Nor is it improbable that ignorance may be dispelled by the consideration; that false ideas and prejudices may be dissipated from the minds chiefly of those who find themselves in error without fault of theirs; and that even a love for the Church may be stirred up in the souls of men, like unto that charity wherewith Christ loved and united himself to that spouse redeemed by His precious blood. "Christ loved the Church, and delivered Himself up for it" (Eph. v., 25).


    When he says, "without fault of theirs," is he speaking of material heretics (someone who in good faith does not know that what they hold to be contrary to the teaching of the Church- lets say someone who was born into Protestantism?)

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    « Reply #1 on: July 07, 2013, 10:10:55 AM »
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  • After continuing reading, I am fairly certain my above assumption is correct. This is a great encyclical!!!!  I've never read it until today. You can really see the love the Church has for all souls!


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    « Reply #2 on: July 07, 2013, 11:34:53 AM »
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  • It refers mainly to former Catholics turned Protestant because of imperfect knowledge of the Faith, or those born into Protestantism remaining so because of lack of knowledge.  I O W, material heretics.  (Note this is the exact opposite of the religious liberty and salvation granted to "our separated brethren.")
     St. Francis Xavier threw a Crucifix into the sea, at once calming the waves.  Upon reaching the shore, the Crucifix was returned to him by a crab with a curious cross pattern on its shell.  

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    « Reply #3 on: July 07, 2013, 04:29:11 PM »
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  • Quote from: Frances
    It refers mainly to former Catholics turned Protestant because of imperfect knowledge of the Faith, or those born into Protestantism remaining so because of lack of knowledge.  I O W, material heretics.  (Note this is the exact opposite of the religious liberty and salvation granted to "our separated brethren.")


    Quite right! A great point. I haven't read the documents of Vatcian II, but based on what I do know of them, via excerpts and the teaching of others, I'm sure it would certainly be interesting to do so and compare/contrast them with an encyclical like this or Pascendi.


     

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