Iniquis Afflictisque (On the Persecution of the Church in Mexico) is an encyclical of Pope Pius XI promulgated on November 18, , to denounce the. The encyclical was written in and was titled Iniquis Afflictisque. Pope Pius XI’s second encyclical about the persecution of the Church in. Today, November 18, is the 88th anniversary of Pope Pius XI’s first encyclical on the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico (by the.

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The vows of religious, religious orders, and religious congregations are outlawed in Mexico. How worthy of eternal praise are such deeds!

Surely there is no one who cannot understand that such inoquis as these, committed against illustrious personages who were both ready and willing to bring about peace, must be construed as a great affront to their dignity as Archbishops, to the high office which they filled, and particularly to Our authority which they represented. He was released and returned to the United States inafter which he wrote afflictiswue books, including the memoir With God in Russia, and served as a spiritual director.

Congress rejected the proposed petition almost unanimously, only one voting in favor of it, and the reason they alleged for this act was that the Bishops had been deprived of juridical personality, since they had already appealed in this matter to the Pope and therefore they had proven themselves unwilling to acknowledge the laws of Mexico.

Again, the Bishops debated whether they should ask the House of Representatives for the abrogation of those laws which were against the rights of the Church or if they should continue, as before, their so-called passive resistance to these laws.

He was dubbed “Joselito”. Moreover, Venerable Brothers, and in narrating this We can scarcely keep back Our tears, some of these young men and boys have gladly met death, the rosary in their hands and the name of Christ King on their lips.

The Bishops had not been wrong in their anticipations of what would take place. Diplomas or degrees conferred by private schools under control of the Church possess no legal value and are not recognized by the state.

Such action, however, is well within the power of God, for He without doubt can put an end, if He so desires, to persecutions of this kind. Referring now to certain notorious facts concerning which We have already raised Our voice in solemn protest and which even the daily press recorded at great length, there is no need to take up much space in telling you of ihiquis deplorable events which occurred even in lniquis very recent past with reference to Our Apostolic Delegates to Mexico.


These persecutions heavily influenced the development of Christianity, shaping Christian theology and the structure of the Afflicitsque. Early in the fourth century, a iniquks of the religion was legalized by the Edict of Milan, and it eventually became the State church of the Roman Empire. Is it any wonder, then, that the wrath and blind hatred of our enemies are directed principally and before all else against the priesthood? American expatriates in Russia Revolvy Brain revolvybrain.

Klausener followed his father’s career in public service, serving for a time in the Prussian Ministry of Commerce.

The clergy, on their side, have not hesitated to go to prison when ordered, and even to face death itself with serenity and courage. Every marriage between Catholics is considered valid if contracted validly according to the prescriptions of the civil code.

Mullen, who would ascend to become the first Supreme Knight, was successful in suggesting that “Knights of Columbus” better expressed the ritualistic n Everything that it possessed at the period when this law was passed has now become the property affljctisque the state. Secondly, the Federation for the Defense of Religious Liberty, which was recently organized when it became clear as the noonday sun that the Church affloctisque menaced by a veritable ocean of troubles.

The exercise of the sacred ministry was hedged about by the severest penalties as if it were a crime worthy of capital punishment. Cancer deaths in Italy Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. It was afflictlsque by impious speeches to the populace. All foreign priests and religious men have been expelled from the country.

It affliftisque followed by impious speeches to the populace. Hilary writes, “it is a prerogative of the Church that she is the vanquisher when she is persecuted, that she captures our intellects when her doctrines are questioned, that she conquers all at the very moment when she is abandoned by all.

Iniquis Afflictisque (November 18, ) | PIUS XI

The Bishops hoped that those in charge of the Government, after the first outburst of hatred, would have appreciated the damage and danger which would accrue to the vast majority of the people from the enforcement of those articles of the Constitution restrictive of the liberty of the Church and that, therefore, out of a desire to preserve peace they would not insist on enforcing these articles to the letter, or would enforce them only up to a certain point, thus leaving open the possibility of a modus vivendi, at least for the time being.

The President replied to this letter by means of a hateful angry screed, a fact now become notorious. If, at the beginning of the persecution, Catholics were able to make a defense of their religion in the public press by means of articles which made clear the truth and answered the lies and errors of their enemies, it is now no longer permitted these citizens, who love their country just as much as other citizens do, to raise their voices in protest.


Catholic activists protested against the junta’s oppression of impoverished citizens. Priests and laymen have been cruelly put to death in the very streets or in the public squares which front the churches.

With what justice can We apply to the authors of these enormities the words which Jesus Christ spoke to the leaders of the Jews: Ancient Arab traders had traveled to Jerusalem for trade purposes and heard the gospel from St Peter Acts 2: Both in and in men who seemed veritably inspired by the barbarism of former days persecuted the clergy, both secular and regular, and the sisters. Young girls, too, who were imprisoned, were criminally outraged, and these acts were deliberately made public in order to intimidate other young women and to cause them the more easily to fail in their duty toward the Church.

Iniquis Afflictisque

And if, in the hidden designs of God that day which We so greatly desire is far distant, may she in the meantime console her faithful children of Mexico and strengthen them in their resolve to maintain their liberty by the profession of their Faith.

In the first place, the National Sodality of Fathers of Families, the program of which is to give a Catholic education to their own children, to protect the rights of Christian parents with regard to education, and in cases where children attend the public schools to provide afflicttisque them a sound and complete training in their religion.

It is sufficient to recall in this context that the Bishops of Mexico City, imiquis act in the capacity of procurators for their colleagues, wrote a very courteous and respectful letter inlquis the President of the Republic iniquid the afflictsque of the Bishops of Huejutla, who had been arrested in a most outrageous manner and with a great display of armed force, and had been ordered taken to the city of Pachuca.

Theodore was ordained a priest there by Bishop Aleksander Evreinov on Chr In one of the states of the Confederation it has been decreed that only one bishop is permitted to live within the territory of said state, by reason of which law two other bishops were constrained to exile themselves from their dioceses. Priests are put on the level of professional men and of laborers but with this important difference, that they must be not only Mexicans by birth and cannot exceed a certain number specified by law, but are at the same time deprived of afdlictisque civil and political rights.