Gloria Romanorum: The Poisonous Fruit of the “New Morality” ~ Pius XII and his radio address of March 23, 1952

On March 23, 1952, Venerable Pope Pius XII gave a radio address on the necessity of Catholics to properly form their own consciences and to provide for the proper Catholic education of the youth in matters of conscience. In that same address, he also cautioned of the dangers of an encroaching “new morality” which found the Church’s moral rules oppressive, rigid, and ultimately impossible to follow.  We are now nearly 70 years from the broadcast of that radio address. When one looks at Western civilization in general and the state of the Catholic Church in the West in particular over those 70 years, it is evident that we failed to heed the Holy Father’s warnings. Catholic morality, as it is known by most Catholics today, has morphed almost completely into the “new morality.” And, as predicted by Venerable Pius XII, the results have been nothing short of disastrous. If you don’t believe me, put on your hip-waders and venture over to James Martin, SJ’s page on F-Book and read the comments on his posts from over half a million ostensible Catholics.  On second thought, don’t do that, especially if you have high blood-pressure. Given the wretchedly muddled state of Catholic moral teaching in the early 2020s, it’s worth re-reading the clear and sparkling words of Pius XII on the subject. The radio address in full in English was made available here by Rorate Caeli some years ago.

Gloria Romanorum: The Poisonous Fruit of the “New Morality” ~ Pius XII and his radio address of March 23, 1952

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