PIUS IX 1846-1878

“Syllabus,” or Collection of Modern Errors *

[Excerpted from various Allocutions, Encyclicals, Epistles of PIUS IX, together with (the above quoted) Bull, “Quanta cure,” edited Dec. 8, 1864]


Comprising the particular errors of our age, which are noted in consistorial Allocutions, in Encyclical and other Apostolic Letters of His Holiness, our Lord Pope Pius IX *

Sec. IX. Errors Concerning the Civil Power the Roman Pontiff


1775 75. The sons of the Christian and Catholic Church dispute about the compatibility of the temporal power with the spiritual (9).


1776 76. The abolition of the civil power which the Apostolic See possesses, would be extremely conducive to the liberty and prosperity of the Church (4, 6).


1776a N.B. Besides these errors explicitly noted, many others are implicitly condemned, by setting forth and declaring the doctrine which all Catholics should hold firmly regarding the civil power of the Roman Pontiff. Doctrine of this sort is lucidly set forth in the Allocution, “Quibus quantisque,” April 20, 1849 (4); in the Allocution, “Si semper antea, May 20, 1850 (6); in the Apostolic Letter, “Cum catholica ecclesia,” March 26, 1860 (20); in the Allocution, “Novos et ante,,, September 28, 1860 (22), in the Allocution, “lamdudum cernimus,” March 18, 1861, (24); in the Allocution, “Maxima quidem,” June 9, 1862 (26).

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