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The “Council of Vigilance” be instituted without delay …

Council of Vigilance and Restoration of Sacred Music by Pope St. Pius X
Restoration of Sacred Music by Pope St. Pius X
Pope St. Pius X

We decree, therefore, that in every diocese a council of this kind, which We are pleased to name “the Council of Vigilance,” be instituted without delay … They shall watch most carefully for every trace and sign of Modernism both in publications and in teaching, and, to preserve from it the clergy and the young, they shall take all prudent, prompt and efficacious measures. Let them combat novelties of words remembering the admonitions of Leo XIII. (Instruct. S.C. NN. EE. EE., 27 Jan., 1902): It is impossible to approve in Catholic publications of a style inspired by unsound novelty which seems to deride the piety of the faithful and dwells on the introduction of a new order of Christian life, on new directions of the Church, on new aspirations of the modern soul, on a new vocation of the clergy, on a new Christian civilisation. (Pascendi 55)

Saint Pius X further demands that all current and future Catholic clergymen swear the oath against modernism, ratifying in detail the condemnations of “Pascendi.”

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